Best Weekend Food Events: Free Hummus, Food Festivals, Sweet Cocktail Pairings


Free Hummus for International Hummus Day
All Nanoosh Locations
Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In celebration of International Hummus Day, all Nanoosh locations in New York City will give away free hummus — for three hours. Each location will have a “pop-up bar,” where guests can taste different kinds of hummus like green tahini, shakshuka, and hot sauce. Find your closest Nanoosh hummus spot here.

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Eat, walk, and eat some more at this block party featuring bites from the likes of 5 Napkin Burger and Noodles Thai Kitchen, among others. Over thirty businesses from Ninth Avenue (plus a few more nearby spots) will showcase their goods at the food festival.

Hester Street Fair Opening Day
Corner of Essex Street and Hester Street
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Lower East Side’s top summer food fair opens this weekend, with a whopping sixty vendors featured this year. New to the food lineup are some standouts, including fried chicken slingers EN Brasserie, slices from Scarr’s Pizza, Mexican cuisine from Gordo’s Cantina, and Caribbean-Asian fusion from Spur Tree. The Hester Street Fair will run every Saturday through October.

Third Annual Crawfish Boil
Extra Fancy (302 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Good news for fans of Extra Fancy — not only is their backyard bigger, they’re celebrating the expanded outdoor space with their annual crawfish boil. For $30, guests receive one Brooklyn beer and a heaping pile of crawfish with traditional sides. In the event of rain, the event will be held the following Saturday, May 21.

A Deliciously Decadent Afternoon of Chocolate and Cocktails
American Beauty (251 West 30th Street)
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chef Johnny Iuzzini hosts an afternoon of Valrhona chocolate and cocktail–inspired dishes with creations from Butter & Scotch, David Burke, and Vaucluse, among others. Sip on libations from Seamstress and Bathtub Gin. Village Voice readers can use the code GURU25 to get a 25 percent discount on tickets ($64.29).