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The scents of Caribbean spices and grilling meats will fill the air along Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, at the annual West Indian Day Parade. Photo © Valery Rizzo

Pig Island
Calling all carnivores! The ever-popular porkfest Pig Island descends upon Governors Island this Labor Day weekend. Among the lineup of notable chefs, you’ll find Dale Talde of Talde, Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and Fort Reno, and George Weld and Evan Hanzcor of Egg and Parish Hall, each cooking up unique dishes featuring the event’s porcine namesake, sourced from local farms. You’ll also find butchering and cooking demos, live music, New York State wines and beer from Sixpoint. Get early bird tickets while you can; the price goes up August 27.

Saturday, September 1 from 11:30am to 4:30pm on Governors Island. $70.

Sunday PicNYC
Summer kicked off with 5 Boro PicNYC‘s Memorial Day bash, and the season goes out in style with another alfresco shindig on Governors Island. The wallet-friendly ticket—just $20—includes three drink tickets redeemable for Sixpoint brews or glasses of wine, plus access to food vendors including Mexicue, the Tapas Shack, food cooperative Mealku, and more to be announced. Get ticketshere.

Sunday, September 2 from 11:30am to 4:30pm at Colonel’s Row, Governors Island. $20.

West Indian Day Parade

Been harboring a hankering for some Bajan fried flying fish all summer? The scents of Caribbean cooking will fill the air along Eastern Parkway on Monday, as spice-rubbed meats and fish are grilled by vendors all along the route of the 44th annual West Indian Carnival Parade.

Monday, September 3rd, beginning at 11am, on Eastern Parkway between Utica Ave. and Grand Army Plaza.

Food Artisans Alliance Launch Party
If you’ve ever been inspired by Smorgasburg success stories and want to try your hand at a food business of your own, Fare Trade is here to help. The self-described “food artisans alliance” invites you to this introductory evening at 61 Local, where you can mingle with entrepreneurs, sample some of their goodies, and learn the ropes of building a food startup. Folks with up-and-running businesses are also welcome: learn about building a supportive artisan community and the benefits of becoming an alliance member. Depending on what portions of the evening you plan to attend, tickets are by donation or just $5; get them here.

Thursday, September 6 from 6:30 to 10pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill)

Barrels & Kegs: A Rockaway Beach Beer Event

Beach season isn’t quite over yet, so make the rest of it count with this boardwalk beer crawl, presented by Beer Sessions Radio and Edible Queens. Over 15 local and craft breweries, including KelsoGreenport Harbor, and brand new Rockaway Brewing, will set up pouring stations along the boardwalk’s concessions stands. The ticket price includes 20 four-ounce samples, which will pair well with Rockaway Beach Club‘s many edible offerings, such as lobster and crab rolls from The Lobster Joint, arepas from Caracas, or ice cream sandwiches from Steve’s (food is purchased separately, so the possibilities are endless, really). Check out the full brewery lineup, and grab a ticket.

Saturday, September 8 from noon to 5pm at Rockaway Boardwalk at Beach 86th, 96th and 106th Sts (Queens). $28.

Taste Williamsburg / Greenpoint
The two northerly neighborhoods’ annual foodfest returns, bringing together over 30 of the best restaurants, wine bars, bakeries and more. Among this year’s vendors you’ll find oyster-and-cocktail specialists Maison Premiere, oven-fresh goodies from Bakeri, single-origin coffee from Toby’s Estate, and breakfast-taco slingers Whirlybird. Pricing starts at six tastes and four drink samples; there are also “Dinner for Two” and all-you-can-eat options. See all the participants and get tickets here.

Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 5pm at 5 N 11th St at Kent Ave (Williamsburg). Tickets start at $35.

The Farm on Adderley’s Pig Roast
Toast to the last days of summer at The Farm on Adderley‘s alfresco feast in the backyard of their neighbor Sycamore. Stop by the night before to watch Chef Tom Kearney start the roast—with a 150-pound hog from Sullivan County Farms—then come back after the 14-hour process is done to snag a plate of the slow-cooked results, plus sides, for $25. Top everything off with $5 pints from California’s Lagunitas Brewing. Spots (and pork) are limited, so grab a ticket now.

Saturday, September 15 from 2 to 8pm at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park). $25.

The 8th Annual Vendy Awards
Celebrate the best in mobile eats at the 2012 Vendys. Finalists who have been chosen for street-food excellence—including the Red Hook Ballfields’ Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food—will compete for the Vendy Cup as well as other categories like Dessert Vendor and the all-new Market Vendor category. Attendees will get to sample all the goods, along with free-flowing Brooklyn Brewery beer, then cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Tickets sell out every year, so get one before they’re gone.

Saturday, September 15 from 12:30 to 5pm on Governors Island. Ticket start at $95, $60 for kids.



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