This Weekend’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 4/24/2015


April, we hardly got the chance to know you. Here are five great food- and beverage-related ways we’d like to say goodbye.

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Go beyond sriracha and Tabasco and explore the world of hot sauce. Over 40 makers will bring their brands of pepper sauce to test, including Chopped judge Chris Santos. Events during the two-day festival include a wing-, taco-, and spicy-pepper-eating contest, with awards presented for those who can handle the most heat. Tickets start at $10 and include unlimited samples of hot sauce.

Wigle Distillery and Hammer & Tongue Vermouth Tasting, Atlantic Cellars Wine & Spirits, 988 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 5 p.m.

If you crave a drink with a story, try sampling whiskey from the first distillery in the City of Pittsburgh since Prohibition. If whiskey isn’t your thing, there will also be a tasting of sweet vermouth, and guests will be able to try the spirits neat or in cocktail form. The event is free to attend.

Bacon and Beer Classic, Citi Field, 123–01 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, Saturday, 7 p.m.

While the Subway Series takes over the Bronx this weekend, foodies can flock to Flushing to sample more than 50 bacon dishes and plenty of craft beer. Additional activities at the stadium include demonstrations on how to brew beer and how to butcher a pig. Several ticket packages are available.

Kopi Kopi Indonesian Cultural and Culinary Weekend Series, Kopi Kopi, 68 West 3rd Street, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Choose which Indonesian island you’d like to explore at this two-day affair, which features a variety of traditional dance and musical performances in addition to Indonesian food. Meals include a Java coffee–filled (and bottomless mimosa) brunch and a Sulawesi-style dinner. Tickets start at $20.

Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War, Peck’s, 455A Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Mixing literary and culinary talents, biographer and historian Amanda Vaill has designed a menu inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s Spain, including thematically appropriate drinks. The author will sign copies of her books following the dinner, and guests can secure a reservation for $50 in advance.