Best Weekend Food Events: Flushing Night Market, Aquaponics 101, and Mezcal BBQ


Flushing Night Out
Flushing High School (35-01 Union Street, Queens)
Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Downtown Flushing is hosting a night market which will encompass the neighborhood’s diverse selection of ethnic eats and feature live entertainment. Participating restaurants include Snowdays, Karl’s Balls, and Dosa Hutt among others. A selection of live music and performances will take place throughout the evening, and admission is free.

Oko Farms’ Aquaponics 101
Moore Street Farm (104 Moore St, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Learn the basics of aquaponics from the founders of Oko Farms, the city’s largest outdoor aquaponics farm. The class will cover design, harvesting, and sourcing elements for those interested in creating their own home aquaponics farm. After class, students will harvest vegetables and fish for a meal prepared on the farm. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and are advised to have cash on hand for snacks during the seminar. Tickets are $135 per person and include produce to take home; reserve a spot here.

Mezcal BBQ
Esme (999 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Esme is hosting a mezcal-themed barbecue featuring treats from neighborhood favorites like Oddfellows and Duke’s Liquor Box. Representatives from Bruxo Mezcal will be on hand to lead guests in a mezcal tasting, with mezcal popsicles and lamb barbacoa among the items available on the menu. The event is free to attend and all food and drink options range from $3 to $10.

Beer: The Ultimate Muse Creative Writing Class
Q.E.D. (27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens)
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During this creative writing class for grownups, attendees will receive a flight of four beers, which they’ll then use as inspiration for developing four unique characters. Both novices and experienced writers are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $35 and include the cost of beer; snag them here.

Rockaway Beach Dinner

Off Season Backyard (92-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens)
Saturday, 7 p.m. to Sunday, 12 a.m.

Celebrate a day at the beach and the food of the Rockaways.  La Cevicheria, Brothers, Goody’s, Whit’s End,  and beer from Rockaway Brewing Co. will all be served at this backyard dinner party. Tickets are $75, and a portion of the cost will be donated to Rockaway Rising; reserve them here.