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Fall Foodie Events in Brooklyn and Manhattan

A beer party and three food benefits highlight this fall’s NYC culinary calendar. Buy your tickets early for these highly anticipated annual events.

Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer FestivalBrooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, September 27; Here’s a festival you don’t want to miss if you love beer. At the Village Voice’s fourth annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event, you’ll sample more than 100 craft beers from New York and beyond. Seasonal, micro and reserve brews will be featured. To make the event even more enjoyable, there will be live music, a food court, and your own tasting souvenir glass. Doors open at 2pm, but you can come any time until 6pm. Tickets are priced from $55-$85. Location: Skylight One Hanson, One Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Gohan Society Aki MatsuriGohan Society Aki Matsuri, October 9; At this delicious evening, The Gohan Society invites all to sample exciting Japanese-inspired dishes as part of their mission to foster an understanding and appreciation of Japan’s culinary heritage in the U.S.  You’ll enjoy cuisine from twelve of New York’s finest restaurants: All’onda, Blue Ribbon, Boulud Sud, Gramercy Tavern, Hakata Tonton, Jean Georges, Morimoto, Nobu, Park Avenue Autumn, Ramen Co. By Keizo Shimamoto, Red Rooster Harlem, and The Sea Grill. The annual fundraiser also includes a silent auction with many culinary items. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Location: Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11 Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Food Network New York City Wine and Food FestivalFood Network New York City Wine and Food Festival, October 16-19; The four-day food extravaganza invites you to select from a broad range of events hosted by some of the country’s greatest chefs, food writers, editors, winemakers and food personalities. Programs range from dinners and tastings to seminars, panels, and master cooking classes. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, this is the only event that brings together legendary culinary icons from around the world and America’s favorite television chefs. Proceeds benefit the community-based, hunger relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City. Locations vary.

MeatopiaMeatopia, October 19; Included this year as part of the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Meatopia is the world’s pre-eminent meat happening.  Starring the country’s greatest meat chefs, the Carnivore’s Ball will be held from 4pm-7pm on the last day of the festival. Location: Esurance Rooftop at Pier 92, 52nd Street and West Side Highway, Manhattan.

“Choice Streets” Food Truck Festival Returns on May 7

Choice Streets Food Truck FestivalFood truck lovers, this is the event you’ve been waiting for. The Village Voice’s Third Annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event on Wednesday, May 7. (Rain date: May 9). A gathering of 20 ore more food trucks against the gorgeous backdrop of the Hudson River and the Intrepid, the event takes place at Pier 86 (W. 46th St & 12th Ave), Manhattan, from 7-11pm. Early entry is recommended as lines form quickly. Trucks doling out their specialties at this event include some not usually found roaming around Manhattan. You can sample goodies from around the world, from pizza to kimchi tacos, at trucks including Taipan Fusion Express, Toum, Big D’s Grub Truck, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, DUB Pies, Hibachi Heaven, Korilla BBQ, Love Mamak & Lucky Yim, Luke’s Lobster, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Mike N’ Willie’s, Moo Shu Grill, Nuchas, Solber Pupusas, Souvlaki GR, and Sweet Chili. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at

“Choice Streets” will not only feed you, but it will also entertain you with sets by popular NYC-based DJ Andy Rourke of The Smiths, the alt-rock band that materialized from the British independent music scene in the 1980s. Since The Smiths parted ways in 1987, Andy Rourke has played and recorded with some of music’s greatest performers including Sinead O’Connor, Morrissey, The Pretenders, and Badly Drawn Boy, and has DJ’ed his way around the city.

Choice Streets Food Truck FestivalDiffering from the previous food truck events, this year’s “Choice Streets” will feature multiple ticket options. All ticketholders will be offered complimentary food tasting, unlimited beverages, complimentary access to the Intrepid Museum (a $22 value on its own) and entertainment throughout the night. The Early Entry ticket ($60) will allow guests entry into the event at 7:30pm, a full half hour earlier than the event’s door time. The General Admission ticket ($50) allows entry at 8pm.

Also new this year is a passport system so that everyone can try as many of the food truck options as possible. Upon arrival, all guests will receive a passport card attached to a lanyard that will entitle them to one (1) sample from each truck.  Alcoholic beverages are unlimited to all.

The Village Voice will once again partner with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC for the event and plans to donate a portion of ticket sales from Choice Streets. Sponsors include: Shock Top, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Verizon FIOS, New York Botanical Gardens, Southern Wines and Spirits, Four Roses Bourbon, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, American Harvest Vodka, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Green Mountain Energy and Frames.

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Village Voice Choice Eats — March 19

I can’t wait.  Village Voice’s Choice Eats event on March 19 is my go-to event for NYC foodies.    This year marks the sixth version of this annual tasting event, which takes place at the 69th Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue (26th Street) from 6:30-9:30pm.  The 2013 line-up includes an amazing 86 restaurants from the five boroughs (including Brooklyn, of course), all hand-selected by the Voice’s food critics Robert Sietsema and Tejal Rao.  New as well as established restaurants are represented, including the delightful Qi Thai Grill from Pichet Ong and Sripraphai, a welcome newcomer in Williamsburg.  Some of my other favorites making repeat appearances are Luke’s Lobster (hopefully with lobster rolls, instead of shrimp rolls this year) and Txikito, Alex Raj’s Basque-Mediterranean tapas emporium from Chelsea.  As those of you who have attended in the past know, the evening isn’t only about food.  There’s also a great selection of craft beers, wines, and other alcoholic libations to sample.  Bring a valid i.d., as only 21 and older are admitted.

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