Get ready to eat because New York City has plenty of spring food festivals coming up. From dessert-only fests to beer and bacon galore, here are a few of our favorites. By Carly Petrone.
Bacon & Beer Classic
123-01 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11368
Did you miss the Bacon & Beer Classic at Citi Field last year? Now’s your chance to eat all the bacon you can handle on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30! Cannonball Productions is back this season, gathering together more than 40 local restaurants and 50 regional breweries to Citi Field. Enjoy original bacon-infused dishes and craft beers, play a round of giant Jenga, strike a pose at the photo booth, battle it out on the bungee run or compete in a bacon eating contest. The best part? Cannonball Productions is partnering with food recovery program City Harvest to save and donate leftover food. Get your ticket and start making room in your belly.
10th Annual Choice Eats
125 W. 18th St.
New York, NY
The Village Voice’s 10th Annual Choice Eats food festival kicks off on Friday, May 19! From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. guests can taste bites from more than 60 acclaimed NYC restaurants inside the Metropolitan Pavilion. Just a few participating restaurants include Harlem Shake, The Gander, Butter Lane, Untamed Sandwiches, and more. General admission tickets are $85 and VIP admission tickets are $135. They’ll also be partnering up with Slow Food NYC – portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit founded to counteract the culture of fast food. Mark your calendars for some epic eating!
Brooklyn, NY 11222
In the mood for something sweet? Make sure you’re wearing your stretchy pants because Dessert Goals is back! Head out to Brooklyn’s beautiful Dobbin St. on March 25 and March 26 for an afternoon of indulging in everything from cake pops to mocha. Your $15 ticket is good for a designated 1.5 hour time slot where you can peruse through your choice of goodies. The lineup includes Dillon Burke of Front of House, Dave Katz of Tasting Table, Lauren Magenta of Spoon University, Jeremy Jacobwitz of Brunch Boys, Lloyd Ortuoste of Baonanas, Minnie Kim of Eating With Minnie, and Michelle Williams of Coffee & Champagne. Learn more about the workshop schedule here.
NYC Hot Sauce Expo
72 Noble St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
It’s the season for hot sauce, and those who love the heat can stop by the 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Forty-five hot sauce vendors from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, and England will be at the Brooklyn Expo Center to show off their secret sauce. There will also be eating contests, plenty of spicy food and craft beer, as well as an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records. For those who love Blood Marys, make sure to stick around, as bartenders from around the U.S. compete in the expo’s Bloody Mary Mix-Down National Championship – the best Bloody Mary wins $2,500. Get your ticket for this all-day event happening on April 22. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and tickets range from $10-$100.