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Carolyn's event picks this week include cheese socials, a chili pepper fest, the Antic, Oktoberfest, and plenty of booze. Photo © Valery Rizzo

Cheese Socials at Bklyn Larder
Delve into the joys and mysteries of the ancient craft of cheesemaking
With Food Society Journal editor and ‘social director’ Wil Edwards, who kicks off a series of evening cheese socials at Bklyn Larder tonight. Upcoming socials include in-depth looks at differences between cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk cheeses, and journeys through pairings of charcuterie and cheese, and beer and cheese. Details.

Every other Friday, beginning September 28, from 9-10:30pm, at Bklyn Larder, 228 Flatbush Avenue, between Bergen and St. Marks, in Park Slope. $50

Chile Pepper Fiesta
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s annual celebration of everyone’s favorite fiery vegetable is back, bringing in dozens of local artisans and performers. Sample spicy treats and chat with vendors including Brooklyn Salsa Company, People’s Pops, DP Chutney Collective, and Spoonable, plus a special contingent of chocolatiers and confectioners like Mast Brothers, Raaka, Nunu, and Whimsy & Spice. Check out the full list of participants and get advance tickets here.

Saturday, September 29 from 11am to 6pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave between President and Carroll Sts (Prospect Heights). $15.

Atlantic Antic
The mile-long, neighborhood-spanning festival returns this Sunday, with live music, performances, food stands, discounts and freebies. Pick up snacks from markets and restaurants along the route, including Maimonedes of Brooklyn, Chip Shop, Sottocasa, plus a special preview of forthcoming pizzeria Krescendo. Between bites, catch music from local bands and DJs; The Atlantic Avenue LDC has all the details.

Sunday, September 30 from 12pm to 6pm, Atlantic Ave between Hicks St and Fourth Ave

Octoberfest at Prime Meats
Fall is here, so kick off the seasonal beer-centric carousal with Prime Meats and Frankies Spuntino. Don your best lederhosen and head to Frankies’ spacious back garden for Germanic grub like bratwurst, schnitzel and strudel, plus Sixpoint suds and hot cider. Snag food tickets in advance from either restaurant, or just get them at the door. Check out the flyer for more info.

Sunday, September 30 at Frankies, 457 Court St between 4th Pl and Luquer St (Carroll Gardens)

Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred
Brooklyn Exposed presents an all-new tasting event, this one featuring the borough’s best libations. Sip local spirits and expertly crafted cocktails from Fort Defiance, Brooklyn Gin, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Jack From Brooklyn and many more, plus wines from Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery and beer from Sixpoint. And of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without booze-friendly treats from the likes of Allswell, Le Comptoir, Tchoup Shop and Cacao Prieto. See the full lineup here, then get tickets.

Tuesday, October 2 from 6 to 9pm at the Green Building, 452 Union St at Bond St (Gowanus). $45.

Brooklyn Pour

The Village Voice‘s annual beer blowout is just two weeks away, so clear your schedule to sample over 100 beers from craft breweries both local and far-flung, including Rockaway BrewingSly Fox,Southampton Publick HouseCaptain LawrenceOmmegang and dozens of others. You’ll also be able to catch suds-centric demos like a fall beer tutorial with author Joshua M. Bernstein and Sixpoint, and a home brewing talk with Brooklyn Brew Shop, while noshing on snacks from Der Schwarze Kolner,Stable HouseLucky 777 Chili, and Chez Lola. Snag a ticket here.

Saturday, October 6 from 1-4pm and 6-9pm at Skylight, One Hanson Pl at Flatbush Ave (Fort Greene). $45-65.

Pie and Wine Social
The food experts at Serious Eats have dreamed up a pretty wonderful combination at this tasting: pie and wine. Brooklyn Winery will host local bakers including Four & Twenty BlackbirdsYura on MadisonFirst Prize PiesTwo Little Red Hens and SE’s own Kenji Lopez-Alt, who will serve up their finest slices paired with house wines. If you weren’t already sold at “pie and wine,” do it for the cause: a portion of ticket sales will benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC. Buy them here.

Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 3pm at Brooklyn Winery, 213 N 8th St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St (Williamsburg). $49.

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