This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 9/26/2014


Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only way to enjoy fall. Check out what’s on the docket for this weekend.

Slow Food NYC Triathlon – Run, Yoga, Eat, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza at 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, Saturday, 9 a.m.

If you’re an early riser, consider putting a few miles on your feet for a cause this weekend. Athletes will take part in a two and a half mile run followed by yoga and then a picnic catered by Runner & Stone. Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit Slow Food.

Chile Pepper Festival, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 11 a.m.

This festival showcases a selection of hot sauces from around the globe, and attendees will be able to pick their own peppers. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s website.

Oyster Frenzy, Grand Central Oyster Bar, 89 East 42nd Street, Saturday, noon

Sports broadcasters Pat O’Keefe and Justin Shackil will be calling the play-by-play as competitors aim to out slurp and shuck one another. Open to the public, guests can attempt to suck down a dozen oysters in the fastest time, while chefs will conduct public tastings. There’s also a pro oyster shucking and beer competition, featuring top competitors from around the globe. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

Craft and Claw, Hudson, 356 West 58th Street, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Hudson debuts its new seasonal Oktoberfest pop-up this weekend, featuring pretzel bites and brewskis to be enjoyed outdoors. Chef Tien Ho, formerly of Montmartre, is whipping up crab rolls and lobster bahn mis as part of the casual menu; you can pair his food to seasonal fall beers like Scythe’s Oktoberfest Witbier from Ommegang. On October 11, the pop-up will host an all-day party, which includes live performances, all-you-can-eat lobster rolls, and beer tastings.

First Taste: Hand & Seal Release, Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 11 a.m.

Grab a pint of Brooklyn Brewery’s latest offering before heading off to watch Sunday’s football games. Taste the barleywine-style ale dubbed Hand & Seal, and have a cup of coffee and scones from Ovenly. You’ll get a bottle of the new brew and an open beer bar until noon. Most importantly: early access to the brewery and first dibs on seating. Just be sure to make a reservation.