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by Carolyn Stanley

Yeast Class Lecture & Tasting
Bitter & Esters hosts this informative workshop, where you’ll discover the important role of yeast in beer. After learning about the history of yeast in brewing, yeast nutrition and other tips for home brewers, you’ll get to taste the effects of yeast on flavor firsthand in eight samples, all starting from the same batch of pale ale, that have been fermented with eight different yeasts. Read more about the event and buy tickets here.

Saturday, March 31 from 1 to 5pm at Bitter & Esters, 700 Washington Ave between St. Marks Ave and Prospect Pl (Prospect Heights). $70.

Tasting Brooklyn
Brooklyn Exposed gives us another reason to look forward to spring with its annual celebration of the borough’s food. The formidable lineup features eateries like LittleneckFort RenoSaint AustereTchoup Shop and Brooklyn Soda Works among a dozen others. Check out the full lineup and get tickets here.

Tuesday, April 3 at Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St at Pearl St (DUMBO). $50 – hours TBA.

Meet Your Maker Tasting Series
61 Local kicks off a brand-new tasting series with Kelso, celebrating some of the best local, beer-friendly food and the people who make it. For the first gathering, Kelso’s Kelly Taylor will select an assortment of beers to be paired with Hudson Valley cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers. To reserve a spot, get tickets.

Wednesday, April 4 at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill). $35.

Dekalb Market Spring Weekender
Last summer’s newest urban bazaar is finally back, and they’re ringing in the season with a weekend blowout. Shop from 40 vendors peddling antiques, crafts, clothing and of course, food, from the likes of Robicelli’s, Culture, and Cuzin’s Duzin. You’ll also find a flower and garden market, live music, a market-wide Easter egg hunt, a beer & wine garden, and workshops on cooking and farming. Read more on Dekalb Market’s website.

Saturday April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 10am to 6pm at Dekalb Market, 138 Willoughby St at Flatbush Ave Ext (Downtown Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Flea Heads Outside & Smorgasburg Returns
It’s a great weekend for outdoor markets, because two more warm-weather favorites are also headed back outside. The Brooklyn Flea heads to Fort Greene on Saturday the 7th, while Smorgasburg takes over the Williamsburg Waterfront (where you can catch the Flea on Sunday). Check out their website, Twitter and Facebook for updates on what vendors to expect!

Brooklyn Flea: Saturday, April 7 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, April 8 from 10am to 5pm. 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves (Fort Greene)

Smorgasburg: Saturday, April 7 from 11am to 6pm. East River Waterfront between N 6th and N 7th Sts (Williamsburg).

Sip ‘n’ Slurp Beer & Oyster Tasting
Brooklyn Brewery teams up with W&T Seafood for this beer ‘n’ bivalves pairing event. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and oystermonger Nellie Wu will walk you through a sampling of a dozen oysters from the East and West Coasts, paired with six beers, including some more obscure offerings, while explaining the geography and background of the shellfish. Get tickets here.

Tuesday, April 10 from 8 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $45.

Local Food & Travel Expo
Online getaway guide EscapeMaker hosts this 2nd annual localcentric bazaar, with plenty of regional and ecofriendly travel ideas and a Made in Brooklyn marketplace featuring the borough’s best food and drink. Vendors include Brooklyn FarmacyEagle Street FarmPalo SantoSaucy by Nature, and many more. You can also catch workshops and talks throughout the day from organizations like Grow NYC, covering subjects like agri-tourism, hiking, and green travel services. Read more about the event and get tickets.

Saturday, April 14 at Skylight, 1 Hanson Pl at Flatbush Ave (Fort Greene). $13.

The Brooklyn Beefsteak
The Bell House‘s all-you-can-eat meatfest is back and beefier than ever. A resurrection of an old New York tradition, the feast features mountains of Pat LaFrieda steak and bottomless pitchers of McSorley’s light and dark ales. True to custom, there won’t be a utensil in sight, but everyone gets a souvenir apron before digging in. Get more details and tickets here.

April 22, two seatings: 1 to 4pm and 5 to 8pm at The Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves (Gowanus). $50.

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