This weekend you can watch a movie about eating, hear a talk about eating, see a comic about eating, and eat while wearing a kilt. Curious? Read on for details about the best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events going on this weekend in New York City. By Jessica Allen.


Much as it has done for the past 16 years, this year’s Havana Film Festival seeks to laude and extol Latin American cinema. Among the 40 shorts, features, documentaries, animated movies, and indies slated to be screened are works by filmmakers from Chile, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, and the United States. There will be panel discussions, Q&As, and special presentations too. Thursday, April 9, through Friday, April 17, tickets required, see schedule for details.

The Food Book Fair “celebrates the intersections of food culture and food systems and the writing that brings them to life.” If that sounds a bit too stuffy, never fear: there will be samples and cocktails and talks and discussions and networking and screenings and demos. Scheduled participants include Mimi Sheraton, Martha Rose Shulman, and Cathy Erway. Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, tickets required, see schedule for details.

(credit: Tartan Week)

(credit: Tartan Week)

Organized by the Clan Currie Society, Tartan Day is a two-day festival of all things Scottish. Indeed, it’s the largest Tartan Day celebration in the whole world. You’ll get to see performers and entertainers making kilts, playing pipes, harps, and fiddles, dancing Highland jigs, and even juggling. It’s not mandatory, of course, but you might consider donning the special Ellis Island Tartan. Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, free, see website for details.

Calling all cooks! The New York Culinary Experience offers any and all the opportunity to spend the weekend learning from 30 master chefs/giants of the food world, including David Bouley, Bryce Shuman, and David Lebovitz. Under their tutelage, you’ll make and taste various dishes. It’s been called “fantasy camp for foodies.” Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, tickets required (call for more info).

(credit: E. C. Segar)

(credit: E. C. Segar)

MoCCA, or the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, will change your mind about the funny pages. The museum seeks to “promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form.” See for yourself at MoCCA’s annual Arts Festival, featuring galleries, exhibits, and special guests. Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 11 am to 6 pm, $5, tickets required.

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