The Four Best Non-Derby De Mayo Events in NYC This Weekend


Kentucky Derby De Mayo Weekend offers plenty of opportunity to start day drinking early. However, if you’re not into crowds dressed in sombreros or seersucker, we’ve highlighted four events this weekend that are not celebrating this holiday combo.

Greenhouse Gallery at James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Friday through June 30, 10 a.m.

In this new food photo exhibit, Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli examines our wacky and sometimes disturbing relationship with food through a series of images. Boffoli used hand painted figures against a backdrop of real food — think people living in giant ice cream cone houses — with emphasis on subjects like portion sizes and food spectatorship. Additional information regarding attending the free exhibition can be found on the James Beard House website.

Queens County Market, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens, Sunday, 11 a.m.

For $5, visitors to this market can enjoy hayrides, watch sheep-shearing demos, and take a tour of the historic Adriance farmhouse. Look for local purveyors like Carib Delights, which will offer up its Carribean cheese, and wine tastings at the museum.

Txikifest ’14, Txixito, 240 Ninth Avenue, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Instead of mint juleps, fill up on the dry sparkling wine known as Txakoli. The wine of the Basque country goes best with tapas, so a variety of chefs will gather in the restaurant’s back alley to cook up a variety of bites for the occasion. Tickets are $50, and the event is all-you-can-drink.

Chinese Take Out, The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Sunday, 2 p.m.

With the winter of discontent in your rearview mirror, you might reminisce about all those delivered dumplings that kept you warm. Learn how to create your own with author Diana Kuan, author of The Chinese Takeout Cookbook. A few of the dishes students will prepare include cashew chicken, barbecue ribs, and scallion pancakes. Beer will also be provided. To reserve your spot, tickets are available through The Brooklyn Kitchen website.