Catskills in Queens, Brainfood 2015, and Craft Beers

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
July 23, 2015 4:30 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

The Catskills Come to Queens

Enjoy tasting the best of the Catskill Mountains—farm-fresh produce, cheeses, grass-fed beef, Heritage pork, chocolate, beer, wine, and much more—closer to home, in Queens. More than 20 chefs from the Catskills and the greater New York City area, including Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City and Tyson Ho of Arrogant Swine, Bushwick, will present dishes using Catskills produce. Barbecue lovers should not miss the Town Hall’s garden barbecue area, featuring at least one spit-roasted whole animal.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens. Tickets: $95.

Spoon University’s Brainfood 2015 Conference

Join Spoon University’s second annual Brainfood Conference, which will cover topics ranging from food and technology, to sustainability and food sourcing, to new food startups, and more. Your ticket includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, along with access to a full day of panels, food demonstrations, and networking sessions with some of the culinary world’s best food minds. Chef Michael Cirino will host a live food experience.

Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Villain, 50 N. Third St., Brooklyn. Tickets: $40.

Floral Flavors: Masters of Social Gastronomy at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Fascinated by the tradition of floral foods and their history? Join the Masters of Social Gastronomy as they explain the science behind dishes—the unique flavors of dishes like medieval custard with jasmine, American apple pie perfumed with rosewater, and more.

Tuesday, July 28, 6.30 p.m.–9 p.m. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave. Tickets: $15.

North Fork Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer fanatics won’t want to miss the North Fork Craft beer festival, featuring more than 50 world class craft brewers, meet-and-greets with brewmasters, and free seminars on all things beer-related. Featured breweries will include Brewing Blue Point, Samuel Adams, Lithology Brewing Co. and more. Trucks will serve up food to pair well with the craft beers at the event.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m.–5.30 p.m. Calverton Links Golf Course. Tickets: $50.

Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest

Inspired by the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair, where visitors were able to sample cuisine from around the world, the Botanical Brew Fest will bring dozens of craft beers and local favorites to visitors at the Queens Botanical Garden. Featuring ethnically diverse food and live music, and held rain or shine.

Saturday, July 25, 12 p.m.–7 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden. Tickets: $35.

The Great Food Truck Derby

Enjoy an evening of mobile eats at the Great Food Truck Derby on the East End. Each ticket includes one serving from every food truck, including Eat Me Drink Me, Whole Le Crepe, Hampton Coffee Co., and many more. Beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks will be available at this family friendly event to benefit Hayground School, which provides culinary arts training for local children.

Friday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m.– 7 p.m. Bridgehampton. Tickets: $75.