Every week we compile the best in the city’s eating, drinking, and merrymaking events, and every week we marvel at just how much there is to do, see, eat, and experience in our five fine boroughs. Up this week? A street food festival, a honey festival, and a celebration of San Gennaro, among other worthwhile events. By Jessica Allen.
This week-long celebration of honey might have begun on Tuesday, September 8, but it really gets buzzing on Saturday (get it?), at the fifth annual Honey Fest, a day-long festival on Rockaway Boardwalk that celebrates “the amazing pollinators who make the five boroughs their home” with music, arts and crafts, food, movies, honey tastings, activities for the kids, and all kinds of bee products for sale. Tuesday, September 8, through Sunday, September 13, see schedule for details.
New York owes much to the oyster, considered by many to be the quintessential NYC food. Oyster Week celebrates the bivalve with lectures, eating and drinking specials, and all-around merriment. Things kick off on Thursday with the annual Brooklyn Oyster Riot (including an opportunity to meet oyster farmers) and continue on through Saturday’s SHELLebration (featuring an ocean-inspired tasting menu with wine pairings). Thursday, September 10, through Sunday, September 27, see schedule for details.
As in past years, the Feast of San Gennaro transforms the streets of Little Italy into a veritable wonderland of food, friends, family, and fun, attracting more than a million people to celebrate the patron saint of Naples. In addition to live music (every night from 7 to 9:30 pm), church services, religious processions, and restaurant specials, you can attend (or participate in) a cannoli-eating contest. Thursday, September 10, through Sunday, September 20, see schedule for details.
This weekend the 11th annual Vendy Awards once again take over Governors Island. This “festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors and everything they provide us–from your morning coffee (half-and-half, two sugars) to the $2 umbrella when you get caught in the thunderstorm” benefits the nonprofit Street Vendor Project, which teaches vendors about their legal rights and responsibilities. Saturday, September 12, 12:30 to 5 pm, $100, tickets required.
The sixth annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint returns to North Brooklyn this weekend, celebrating the best, and tastiest, tidbits from more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars, including OddFellows, MP Taverna, and El Amacen. (Proceeds benefit Northside Town Hall, which is trying to get funds together to open a community center.) Sunday, September 13, 1 to 5 pm, $35 for two drink and four food tastes, tickets required.