Best Weekend Food Events: LIC Flea & Food, Winemaker Night, and Chocolate Fest


Union Square Greenmarket Tour with Peter Hoffman
Union Square (East 17th Street & Union Square West)
Saturday, 10 a.m to 11 a.m.

Tour the Union Square Greenmarket with chef Peter Hoffman and learn all about the community of farmers and producers who have kept the market running since 1976. The behind-the-scenes access allows guests to meet select members of the Greenmarket community and discover the ways farmers and chefs work together to create restaurant menus. The tour is free to attend. Register here.

Sushi Making
The Peck Slip School (1 Peck Slip)
Saturday, 11 a.m.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is hosting an afternoon of sushi making for families. Focusing on Japanese-inspired recipes, parents and children will follow an instructor and learn to prepare select recipes, with each child creating their own sushi roll. Tickets are $25 for children (adults get in free). Reserve them here.

Opening Weekend
Long Island City Flea & Food (5-25 46th Avenue, Queens)
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Take a trip to the Queens waterfront for a sample of the neighborhood’s top eateries. Bites include barbecue from Butcher Bar and Korean-style wings from KSFC. A full lineup of the opening weekend vendors is on the LIC Flea & Food website.

Winemaker Night with Xurxo Alba of Bodegas Albamar
Fung Tu (22 Orchard Street)
Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Winemaker Xurxo Alba, of Spain’s Rías Baixas, will lead guests through a tasting of his Galicia winery’s signature mineral wines. The bottle selection includes Albamar Albariño and single-parcel Finca O Pereiro. Dishes from chefs Jonathan Wu and John Wells, including specials like a taro tortilla española and wok-fired squid with morcilla, will be available à la carte. Guests must make a reservation in advance by contacting Fung Tu.

Chocolate Fest
92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Join culinary historian and chocolate expert Alexandra Leaf for a sweet tasting of locally and nationally made chocolate. The selection features Red Hook’s Raaka Chocolate and Nolita’s Stick with Me, along with chocolate and cheese pairings from Lucy’s Whey. Wine samples and and scoops from an old-fashioned ice cream cart will also be available. Journalist Simran Sethi — author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love — will also lead a brief discussion on changes in America’s food system. Tickets are $35.