This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 10/3/2014


If you’re a go-getter, you might want to spend this weekend securing a witty and/or scandalous Halloween costume. For the rest of us, let’s not even think about the holiday and instead attend one of these five events.

Meatpacking District Tour De Champagne, Multiple Locations, Friday through October 13

Kicking off the beginning of a 10-day Champagne celebration, businesses in the Meatpacking District are giving us another reason to pop a bottle of bubbly. This celebration eatures Champagne classes by Corkbuzz’s Laura Maniec and special pairing menus from restaurants like Toro; check out the full line-up (and buy your tickets) on the event’s website.

Hendrick’s Emporium of the Unusual, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.

This weekend at Chelsea Market, gin-based “medicinal” drinks will be served by unusual characters at this pop-up. You’ll also be able to partake in intimate discussions on botany. The event is free to attend and will run until 3 p.m. both days.

Pumpkin Picking, Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Spread the harvest season love while you score a pumpkin for $5 and enjoy a farmhouse tour. Decker is also offering a hayride, corn maze, and other family-friendly activities throughout the day.

Pig and Khao’s Second Anniversary Carnival, Pig and Khao, 68 Clinton Street, Sunday, 3 p.m.

This birthday party comes complete with a magician, face painting, and carnival games, though it promises to be an adult-friendly affair. For $40, guests can indulge in an all-you-can-eat line-up of southeastern Asian delicacies plus unlimited beer and specialty cocktails; cotton candy will also be available for the kid at heart. You’ll need a ticket.

Chocolate Cherry Cookie Shots, Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring Street, Sunday, 5 p.m.

You’ll likely need to line up early if you want to get your hands on a free cookie shot from New York’s own Willy Wonka, Dominique Ansel. The cookie shots substitute Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry liqueur for milk, and guests will be treated to live entertainment and refreshments while they wait.