The New York Coffee Festival, Chelsea Eats, and Cheers NY

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
September 24, 2015 10:48 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

The New York Coffee Festival

The New York Coffee festival will be upon us this weekend, offering coffee lovers free tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee-cocktails, live music, and art. The festival will feature live experiences from over 70 coffee, food, and equipment suppliers. Some of the exhibitors include Starbucks Reserve, La Marzocco, La Cimbali, Pacific Foods, La Colombe, Steampunk, Joe Coffee, Toby’s Estate, and Irving Farm.

The New York Coffee Festival is also the official launch for the charitable Coffee Week NYC, which will promote the vibrancy of the coffee industry while raising money for clean water and sanitation projects in coffee producing communities.

Friday–Sunday, Sept. 25–27

Various Events
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Ave. (between 25th & 26th streets)
Tickets: online $20–$60; at the door $25–$75

 Inspired by Japan: Coffee Trends

James Freeman, the founder and CEO of coffee retailer Blue Bottle Coffee, will discuss his philosophy and how he was inspired by a cup of coffee he had in Japan. After the talk, 3-D latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto from Tokyo will perform an on stage demonstration. Yamamoto is known for creating latte foam pictures and sculptures, ranging from “kawaii” (cute) animals to impossible likenesses of comic book and anime characters. Guests will also enjoy a tasting of Blue Bottle Coffee’s signature premium pour-over brew.

Thursday, Oct. 1
6:30 p.m.
Japan Society
333 E. 47th St.
Tickets: $18

Tastes NYC

Tastes NYC will kick off the fall season with an outdoor food extravaganza featuring over a dozen chefs from restaurants spanning Chelsea to the Meatpacking district, including Amy’s Bread, Dos Caminos, Bill’s Bar and Burger, Fatty Crab, The City Bakery, Bubby’s, and more! All proceeds from the event will benefit the The Lab School for Collaborative Studies.

Saturday, Sept. 26
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Gansevoort Plaza
Gansevoort Street (between Hudson Street & Ninth Avenue)
Tickets: $50

Chelsea Eats

Pop Up New York will take over half a mile of 8th avenue to offer food enthusiasts a market of artisanal food, handcrafted goods, visual arts, and live entertainment from the performers of Joyce Theatre. The delectable offerings will include local favorites like Melt Bakery, Alchemy Creamery, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Brooklyn Oyster Party, and Duck Season. The whole line of restaurants running through the streets of Chelsea Eats, like Pound & Ounces and Bareburger, will join in the festival outside of their venues.

Saturday, Sept. 26
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Eighth Avenue (from 14th to 23rd streets)

On the Horizon

Cheers NY

Cheers NY is a craft beverage festival and trade show hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, featuring sample tasting from New York state beer, wine, spirits, and cider producers. Guests will also get to sample and purchase food from Aunt Butchies Desserts, Better Off Spread, The Brooklyn Cookie, Brooklyn Delhi, and Cracked Candy at the Brooklyn Eats marketplace.

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4
Saturday, noon onward 
Sunday, 3 p.m. onward
Industry City
31st Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $50

Puerto Rico Meets New York City

Puerto Rican chefs will present the best of the Caribbean island’s cuisine through a series of multiday, multiformat events. Hosting chefs include Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin), Sean Rembold (Reynard/Wythe Hotel), Didier Elena (Chef’s Club), Carmen Gonzalez (La Chispa), Joseph “JJ” Johnson (The Cecil), Alexander Smalls (The Cecil). Other events will include the Opening Cocktail Party, the resurrection of the Latino-Jewish El Nosh pop-up, and a closing Lechon Asado brunch.

Wednesday–Sunday, Sept. 30–Oct. 4
Various events & locations