Best Weekend Food Events: Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest, and Repeal Day!


Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, Boilermaker, 13 First Avenue, Friday through December 24

If you’re looking for a tropical getaway from the holidays, consider a spicy island cocktail at this pop-up inside shot-and-beer specialist Boilermaker. The bar – decked out in surf and island attire – includes festive recipes like the chocolate mint flavored “I Saw Mommy Kissing…” cocktail, with seasonal boilermakers like the Jingle Bell Wipe Out made with a seasonal ale and cinnamon shot. The pop-up will be open through December 24 and will also offer Boilermaker’s full food menu.

A Taste of Africa: Our Story Told in Flavors, Madiba, 195 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m.

If you’re searching for the perfect food gift, Madiba is hosting a pop-up of up-and coming African products. Hot sauces, spice rubs, and fair trade wine will all be available for purchase, with a cash bar and bites available for shoppers.

The Great Northeast Cheese Fest, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Celebrate the stinky, creamy, and delicious cheeses from New York state at this all-you-can eat affair. Creameries from across the state are teaming with chefs including Harry & Ida’s Will Horowitz to create dishes selected to highlight select cheeses, with ciders and wine included. Cheese expert Max McCalman will also be on site to discuss the latest in cheese and wine pairing news, while guests can occupy themselves with demos and workshops such as how to perfect the perfect holiday cheese plate. Tickets are $60 and are inclusive of all food and drink tastings; secure them here.

Repeal Day, Poco, 33 Avenue B, Saturday, 8 p.m. to close

Celebrate the most significant day in alcohol history by toasting legal drinking! Saturday marks the 82nd anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal, which is why Poco is offering $12 special cocktails all night long. Guests can also enjoy a $35 two hour open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Battle of the Belgians, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh Street, Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Though beers themselves aren’t competitive, this annual battle pits Belgium’s homeland offerings against American Belgian-style brews with guests selecting the winners. For three hours, guests can enjoy unlimited samples of over 20 bottled beers from Belgian and American contenders on tap. The tasting includes small batch, one-off, and classic Belgian-style beers, and food from Tito King’s Kitchen inside Jimmy’s No. 43 will be available for purchase. Tickets are $65; reserve your battle post here.