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Best Weekend Food Events: Beer and Glassblowing, Cider Festival, and Pre-Turkey Day Recipe Swap

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Hot Glass Cold Beer, Brooklyn Glass, 142 13th Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m.

The marriage of beer and glass is a time honored tradition, which is why this art studio fundraiser promises to both teach and reward attendees. For $20, guests receive a  handmade drinking glass which they can then use for bottomless beverages. A team of glassblowers – as well as neon and flame artisans – will provide demonstrations throughout the evening. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis, but guaranteed admission can be bought in advance here.

Lower East Side Cider Festival, Orchard Street, Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.  

Though most Cider Week activities are designed for those 21 years of age and up, this weekend provides a family fun festival for everyone to enjoy. Cider makers and apple farmers from across New York State will be pouring samples of their hard earned labor, while restaurants including Mission Cantina and Huertas will offer sausage and grilled cheese for pairing purposes. Guests can also partake in a homemade apple pie contest (see here for details), a caramel apple station, and an apple tasting booth. A full line up of Cider Week events, which run throughout the weekend and up until November 15, can be viewed here.

Godiva Grand Opening Giveaway, Macy’s, 151 West 34 Street; 6th Floor, Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Dodge the stress of shopping with a complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberry at Godiva’s grand opening at Macy’s Herald Square. The first 250 guests who make their way up to the sixth floor shop will receive a complimentary chocolate dipped strawberry. There will also be a demonstration by Godiva’s executive chef and chocolatier Thierry Muret.

Mediterranean Branzino and Dorade Festival, Multiple Locations, Sunday through November 22

Get a jump on your New Year’s resolution by diving into the Mediterranean diet courtesy of Enterprise Greece. Beginning this Sunday, restaurants including Michael Psilakis’s MP Taverna, Lolo’s Seafood Shack, and Mayfield will offer Mediterranean branzino or dorade as menu specials. Each restaurant will offer unique takes on the dish, such as Bara’s curried cauliflower and labneh dorade to Lolo’s wok-seared branzino with red pepper escabeche. Additional restaurants guests can grab the special at Kefi, Fishtag, Kellari Taverna, and Bara.

Pre-Thanksgiving Day Party, Fulton Stall Market, 207A Front Street, Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Swap recipes for Turkey Day treats and learn how to make a killer beet cranberry sauce at this informal gathering hosted by Local Roots NYC. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own jar and notepad to take home sauce and recipes, with hot cider and snacks provided too. Tickets are $10 and can be secured in advance here.