Best Food Events in NYC

We already presented to you the best places to eat in NYC, but what about the best food events? Not only does New York City have a variety of restaurants to choose from, but they also hold an assortment of food and drink festivals. Attending a food event in NYC is a must. I mean, who wouldn’t want to check out a chocolate festival, or BrunchCon? So if you’re a local looking for something to do in NYC or just someone visiting, we’ve got you covered on the best food events to attend this spring and summer!

NYC Chili Cook Off 2018

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Saturday, April 21st 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Staten Island, NY 10306

Looking to have a family fun day? Head over to Staten Island for the NYC Chili Cook Off and satisfy your taste buds with a variety of yummy chili samples. There will be live entertainment, judging of the chili to see which ones will make it to the world championship, cash prizes, and amusements.

Brisket King NYC 2018

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Wednesday, April 25th 6:00 PM-9:30 PM. 110 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211

The 7th annual Brisket King festival will be held in a new venue this year located in Williamsburg Brooklyn. What’s a more perfect location to crown the Brisket King than in Kings County! With 20+ chefs competing for the title, you will certainly give your BBQ taste buds a fix with a brisket variety and plenty of cider to wash it down. Rumor has it that 2017 winner Izzy’s Smokehouse will be back again to compete among other amazing chefs. Here is a first look at this year’s competition:

  • Butcher Bar
  • Brooklyn Q by Robert Fernandez
  • Chef Jesse Jones with Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce, John Sauchelli
  • Catskill Food Company
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Judd’s Memphis kosher
  • John Gower from UK, Quiet Water Farm
  • Kimichi Smoke
  • Mr. Bobo Competitive BBQ aka Eric Johnson
  • Randalls BBQ
  • Ribs Within, Doug Keiles with Huntspoint Eatery and Meat Shop
  • Robbie Richter, original pit-master, Hill Country BBQ and Fatty Cue
  • Salt and Bone BBQ, Queens

NYC Hot Sauce Expo

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Saturday April 21st – Sunday 22nd 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Brooklyn, NY

A weekend like no other for hot sauce lovers! At the Hot Sauce Expo, you’ll get to indulge in a hot sauce tasting featuring some of the best hot sauce makers from around the world. Highlights include: Screaming Mi Mi Awards & Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Presentations, Guinness Book of Records Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest, The Spicy Pizza of Doom, The Slaytanic Burrito, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, and so much more!

NY Vegetarian Food Festival

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Saturday, May 19th – Sunday, May 20th 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Metropolitan Pavilion

The Vegetarian Food Festival is returning for their 8th year in a row to bring you the best plant-based eats around. There’ll be two full days of delectable food samplings, insightful speakers, chef demonstrations, and other eco-friendly activities to enjoy. There will even be plenty of kids activities (kids 10 and under are free!) so don’t hesitate to bring the whole family!

Food Events: BrunchCon

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Sunday, May 20th 9:00 AM. 72 Noble St. Brooklyn, NY 11222

If you love Sunday Brunch, you’re in for a real treat. The biggest food and drink festival, serving a variety of brunch favorites, is making its way to the Big Apple for the third year in a row. Try a bite from the 30+ vendors while checking out the curated market of brunch goods. Some other highlights include great music, lawn games, and a photo area to snap a couple pictures with your friends!

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

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Saturday, June 9th – Sunday, June 10th. Madison Square Park, New York City

Unless you’re in the small minority of people that doesn’t like a good barbecue, then you’re not going to want to miss the Big Apple BBQ Block Party! This free event will be rockin’ all weekend long with live music, plenty of drinks, and of course, the best-of-the-best barbecue from around the country. Not to mention, it’s all for a good cause! In fact, the Big Apple BBQ has donated over one million dollars to the Madison Square Park Conservancy since it started in 2002. With free admission, live music, best-in-class food, and a great charitable cause, there’s no reason to miss this one!

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Yours truly,

Cara Benson

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