Food Film Festival, NYC Craft Beer Festival, and Grub Street Food Festival

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
October 14, 2015 2:57 pm Last Updated: October 14, 2015 2:57 pm

Grub Street Food Festival

The sixth annual Grub Street Food Festival returns to Hester Street Fair with special menus, giveaways, and prizes. Some of the vendors include Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Luke’s Lobster, Davey’s Ice Cream, Goa Taco, Sticky’s Finger Joint, Underwest Donuts, and more. This festival is hosted by Hester Street and New York Magazine, and will highlight other events like the Grub Street Beer Garden with special interactive gaming.

Sunday, Oct. 18
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Corner of Hester & Essex
Free admission

Award-winning winemaker Merry Edwards. (Courtesy of Merry Edwards)
Award-winning winemaker Merry Edwards. (Courtesy of Merry Edwards)

Merry Edwards at élan

James Beard award-winning winemaker Merry Edwards will team up with executive chef David Waltuck and pastry chef Diana Valenzuela of élan to serve guests a four-course wine dinner.  Edwards’s famous pinot noirs, sauvignon blancs, and late harvest sauvignon blancs will be complemented by the menu featuring Lobster, Foie Gras, Papaya Salad, Peppered Roast Venison, Striped Bass, and Cinnamon Ricotta Cannolis.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

6.30 p.m.–9.30 p.m.
43 E. 20th St.
Tickets: $185
For reservations, call 646-682-7105


On the Horizon


Luckyrice New York Slurpfest

The third annual Luckyrice New York Slurpfest will please ramen fanatics with a menu featuring four major regional styles, all meant to be consumed in “speed eating” style—13 minutes or less, with gusto. Dishes will include White Truffle and Parmesan Cheese Dan Dan Noodles from Hide-Chan Ramen in Fukoaka, Japan, and Tantanmen from Gomaichi Ramen in Honolulu, Hawaii. Drinks include Japanese beer, green tea, and cocktails.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
Tickets: $100

Artisanal Chocolate Workshop

Institute of Culinary Education’s creative director chef Michael Laiskonis will lead a hands-on experience at the brand new Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Lab workshop. Open to pastry and culinary professionals, the workshop will cover the entire bean-to-bar process, from pressing cocoa butter, to tempering chocolate, to molding bonbons. Tastings, discussions, and post production techniques are included.

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 22 & Oct. 23
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
225 Liberty St., 3rd Floor
Tickets: $400, course ID: ARTCHOC

NYC Food Film Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Food Film Festival is the only one in the world where guests can eat food from the films they’re watching, without leaving their seats. Local and international films will compete for the Slotted Spoon Award in various categories, and will be shown in themed sessions like Tender: Stories of Love and Meat, featuring stories from Texas to Oklahoma to Maine. Tickets include entry for select screenings, food celebrated in the films, wine, cocktail pairings, and a gift bag.

Thursday–Sunday, Oct. 22–Oct. 25
AMC Empire 25                                    
234 W. 42nd St.
Tickets: $23–$99

Fall Harvest at NYC Craft Beer Festival 

More than 70 craft brewers will take over the Lexington Avenue Armory to serve two of their finest offerings, for a total of around 150 beers, ciders, and mead, with an emphasis on their limited release and fall selections. Also at the event, the Sense Lab will show you the ingredients going into your favorite brews, while industry luminaries offer interactive seminars and one on one Q&As.  

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 23 & Oct. 24
Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave.
Tickets: $55