WEEKEND EDITION

Let the Feasting Begin: Fall Food and Drink Fests

| September 28, 2011 6:00 AM

From a burger bash to beer and brats, fall into one of this season’s diverse food festivals in the New York-area.

Food Network’s Food and Wine Festival: “Eat, Drink and End Hunger” at this year’s event, which brings together world-renowned culinary figures and Food Network TV personalities to raise money for the Food Bank of New York City.  The four-day festival, located in the Meatpacking District, is filled with demonstrations, panel discussions, tastings, tours and competitions with names like “Burger Bash” and “Pancake Party.” Events range in price from $20 to $500. For a complete listing of events, click here. Meatpacking District in Manhattan, Sept.  29-Oct. 2

Chef and Restauranteur Bobby Flay. He will be among 20 competitors in the Food and Wine Festival's Blue Moon Burger Bash. Photo/Flickr Chase McAlpine

Harvest Fest

The Harvest Festival in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.,  is a great one-day fest for both farmers and foodies celebrating the rich fall bounty in the  Hudson Valley. The festival brings together a diverse group of local producers, purveyors, farmers and chefs offering seasonal food and beverages. The day also offers a collection of fall entertainment, including live performances, hayrides, a pig roast and a chance to compete  in the ”farming Olympics.” Tickets are $35, with proceeds benefitting the Stone Barns education programs for farmers. For tickets, and more information, click here. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Queens County Farm Apple Fest

No bad apples here, just delicious apple goodies.  At Queens County Farm,  guests are invited to enjoy a variety of apple-inspired foods, from apple sauce to apple pie. Additionally, take your turn at apple-cider pressing and experience apple history in the form of the nations largest apple cobbler. A corn maze, hayrides and apple-bobbing complete the day. For more information, click here. Queens County Farm Museum, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boot drinkin' at NYC Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest tradition of drinking beer from a boot comes from claims that German soldiers drank from their boots in WWI before heading into battle. Photo/Flickr Sebastien Barre

NYC Oktoberfest

Cheers to Munich at this day-long celebration of  Bavarian beer and brats. Local breweries will offer a variety of German lagers and restaurants will serve up authentic Oktoberfest dishes like hendl, kriek cabbage and schweinsbraten. When you’re full on German grub, oom-pah your way down Lexington Ave. for shopping and live entertainment. For more information, click hereLexington & 42nd StreetOct. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Good Food Fest

From the farm to the festival, it’s a day-long celebration of  traceable food from over 50 local farmers and artisans. Twenty restaurants will be offering festive tastings prepared with this season’s bounty. In addition, a marketplace will offer regional gourmet treats, from bread and butter pickles to beef jerky. Admission is free, but tickets, priced $20-50, are required for tastings. For a list of vendors, and more information, click here. Gansevoort Square in Manhattan, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

NYC Food Film Festival

NYC Food Film Festival. Moviegoers can feast on pizza from Di Fara while watching a portrait of the eatery's owner, Domenico DeMarco, in "The Best Thing I Ever Done." Photo/Flickr Adam Kuban

Eat what you see at the Food Film Festival, where guests indulge in foodie movies while being served the food that’s featured on screen. In the past, the film “Whole Hog” was screened as 1,000 people feasted on hog barbeque. This year’s event kicks off with the documentary ”Burgerlution,” while viewers sample — yup, you guessed it.  In addition, the event is a competition, presenting awards in seven categories, including viewers choice. To reserve your spot, click here. Various Locations, Oct. 13-16.

Brooklyn Pour Beer Festival
From pale ale to stout, taste over 100 locally-brewed, craft beers  at this tasting event hosted by the Village Voice. For $40, guests get a complimentary mug, and are encouraged to fill up! Participants include Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head, Magic Hat and Harpoon. For tickets and more information, click here. Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Oct. 15, 2 p.m -6 p.m

Cider Revival
This adults-only festival is a week- long celebration of apple alcohol– the blonde beverage made from fermented apples.  The week kicks off  Oct. 16 at New Amsterdam Market with a cider festival, including a cider tasting bar and cider making demonstrations. Then, on Oct. 19, toast the season at Applepalooza with ample apple-inspired libations. The festivities continue at nearly 60 participating restaurants, including Eatly and Blue Hill. For tickets and a complete listing of events, click here. Various locations. Oct. 16- Oct. 24

Edible dresses on display at last year's chocolate show. The New York Chocolate Show is the largest in the United States. Photo/Flickr istolethetv

New York Chocolate Show
With over 40,000 square feet devoted to chocolate, it’s New York’s most decadent food event! The sugary celebration brings together more than 60 fine chocolate companies with a sweet array of chocolate products for consumers and traders alike.  Don’t miss the Chocolate Fashion Show, where models hit the runway in edible designs created by world renouned chocolatiers and pastry chefs. Tickets range in price from $30-$40. To purchase tickets, click here. Metropolitan Pavilion. Nov. 10- Nov. 13
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