If you’re not the barbecue and beach type — or, perhaps, if you’d prefer not to be stuck in traffic — check out one of these activities, the best food and drink events happening around town.
North Brooklyn Farms Harvest Carnival, North Brooklyn Farms, 329 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, noon
Take part in a watermelon eating contest or square dance the afternoon away at this family-friendly affair, which also offers carnival games for all ages. The event will also have food and drink available for purchase, with a flea market and hayrides scheduled to take place, too. Though the event is free to enter, the best move might be to purchase a ticket for $10, which gets you unlimited access to games and field day activities.
Sweet Spot Festival, Pier 1 Riverside Park, West 70th Street at Riverside Boulevard, Saturday, 2 p.m.
The final fiesta this summer offers attendees a great excuse to break out the picnic blanket and enjoy a free afternoon of live music. Feast from food trucks, explore a vintage market, and take in an amazing view of the water, or partake in a few planned fitness sessions.
New Orleans Jazz and Gumbo Brunch, St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club, 345 Grand Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 11 a.m.
This Brooklyn bar turns into a Big Easy retreat on Sundays. Tuck into $5 bowls of gumbo — courtesy of a rotating cast of chefs — and wash the food down with pitchers of bloody marys and Pimm’s cups for $35. Live bands play throughout the day, and after brunch, guests are invited to partake in swing dance lessons. Reservations are complimentary.
Roberta’s Inaugural Jerk Off & Bikini Bike Wash, Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.
The devious minds at Roberta’s are offering up their infamous wood burning pizza along with a set by DJ Spliffington at this eclectic event, a bikini bike wash for those in need. The event also includes some old-fashioned jerk barbecue and is free to attend; the festivities run until 9 p.m.
Back to Skool Trivia Night, Katch Astoria, 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Queens, Sunday, 7 p.m.
If you’re a teacher facing the pain that is the beginning of the school year, brush up on your trivia expertise over two-for-one SingleCut brews. Teams can enjoy the beer special from 7 p.m. to midnight. Katch’s regular beer list will be available, too, in addition to a full menu of pub grub.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 29, 2014