With a slight chill in the air, fall is fast approaching. So break out a scarf and check out a few of this weekend’s best food events.
New York Oyster Week, multiple locations, Friday through September 28
City streets are about to be filled with shellfish. Oyster farmers, foragers, and shucking champions will all be on hand to speak with guests about their lives and what to look for when taking advantage of $1 oyster happy hours. Events scheduled throughout the festival include a regatta bash and a party on the waterfront at Grand Banks in Tribeca; check out the full line-up and tickets on the festival’s website.
Taste Talks, multiple locations, Friday through Sunday
Interested in learning if your online review really matters? Or hearing about London chef Lee Tiernan’s fondness for deviled kidneys? Spend a day in Williamsburg at locations like the Wythe Hotel as these matters and more are discussed, and consider checking out the All Star BBQ featuring Danny Bowien and Eli Sussman on Sunday afternoon. See the schedule and buy your tickets on the Taste Talks website.
Barbounia Cooks Jersualem Festival, Barbounia, 250 Park Avenue South, Friday Through September 20, 5 p.m.
For a taste of the old country, guests are invited to step into this Mediterranean restaurant’s newly transformed dining room, which will be modeled after the famed Shuk marketplace of Jerusalem. The kitchen will offer a variety of special dishes — available a la carte as well as part of a $59 prix fixe — including a mixed grill and a homemade Jerusalem-style bagel. Check it out during dinner service until September 20; contact the restaurant directly to secure a table.
NORTH Nordic Food Festival, multiple locations, Friday through September 19
This weeklong festival has several opportunities to learn Nordic cooking, as well as a few deals. Norse coffeeshop BUDIN will offer its $10 Lakkris Latte for $5 through duration of the festival, and several chefs will hold cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. Local chefs and food personalities participating include Oceana’s Ben Pollinger and head brewmaster Garret Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery. A full schedule and tickets can be found on the festival’s website.
End of Summer Lobster Bake, Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 4 p.m.
Summer technically lasts until September 21, so you might consider attending one last lobster bake in Bushwick. For $30, you’ll get a full lobster with corn on the cob, sides, and dessert. For $50, you can add unlimited booze to the deal: endless drafts, domestic bottles, and well drinks. Purchase tickets in advance, and BYO Nantucket red pants.