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Lots coming at ya as fall comes on hard. Cider Week, Oktoberfest, Debate parties, Beery brunches, Curry throwdowns and the return of the Wort all loom large. Photo © Valery Rizzo

Do I smell cider? Coming up –

Cider Week
The autumn festival kicks off today, with dozens of tastings, meet-and-greets with cider makers, and pairing dinners all over the city. Among the schedule of events are Harvest Beer & Cider Sessions with Beer Sessions Radio (Saturday, October 13; $20, tickets here); a barbecue with cider pairings at Flatbush Farm (Sunday, October 14); and a cheese-and-cider pairing with Bklyn Larder and Eve’s Cidery (Friday, October 19). There are plenty more opportunities to get your cider fix, so check out the full list of events.

Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 21, various locations.

Hummus Cookoff
Get your food processor ready for this hummus showdown, a fundraiser for the Craig Murphey Fellowship. Sign up here to compete, then bring your best chickpea (or not?) concoction to Public Assembly to face off against fellow contenders. If tasting’s more your area of expertise, just pay $5 at the door to cast your vote as a judge. Proceeds support anti-hunger advocacy through the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

Sunday, October 14 from 6 to 9pm at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Wythe and Kent Aves (Williamsburg). $5.

Oktoberfest Dinner at Queens County Farm
Make the most of the crisp fall weather with a harvest season barbecue at the Queens County Farm Museum. Start the evening off in the garden, where they’ll be grilling sausages from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and pairing them with Brooklyn Brewery beers and vegetables from the farm. Afterward, head inside the farmhouse for live music, Mast Brothers chocolate and hot cider by a toasty fireplace. Snag a ticket.

Sunday, October 14 from 6 to 9pm at Queens County Farm, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Glen Oaks (Queens). $50.

Debate Parties at Parish Hall
Tired of yelling at the television all by yourself while watching the debates at home? You might want to pop in at Parish Hall to watch the final two semantic steel cage matches of campaign 2012 – they’ll be serving up sandwiches and hard cider (made with local apples, of course) and projecting the showdown on the wall at their debate parties on Tuesday, October 16th and Monday October 22nd at 8pm.

Tuesday, October 16th and Monday, October 22nd at 8pm at Parish Hall, 109 North 3rd Street, between Wythe and Berry (Williamsburg)

Cider and Cheese for Geeks at 61 Local
The leaves are turning, the days are getting shorter, and that means that cider season has officially arrived. 61 Local is celebrating Cider Week by hosting Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheese Mongers and Eleanor Leger of Eden Ciders for a boozy twist on a traditional fall pairing – apples and cheese. The duo will take you on a journey through the history of regional cider and cheese production, pairing ciders and cheeses from New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Tickets.

Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, betweem Smith and Court (Boerum Hill). $40.

Beer Brunch at The Farm on Adderley
Founders, the brewing Jedis from Grand Rapids, Michigan, join forces with The Farm on Adderley to battle against and triumph over the dark forces of crappy beer and half-assed omlettes, at a three course beer brunch, featuring four of Founders finest brews, on Saturday, October 20th. And no, now that fall is here there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a four-beer brunch.We checked. It’s all good. To reserve a spot, email

Saturday, October 20th at 2pm at The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Road between Westminster and E11th (Ditmas Park). $40

Brooklyn Curry Experiment
The Food Experiments is at it again, this time with a theme that’s perfect for the prematurely chilly weather we’ve been having. Hosts Theo Peck and Nick Suarez invite home chefs to cook up their best curry concoction—savory or sweet, anything goes—and there are still a few competitor spots available, so if you’re feeling ambitious, sign up here. Otherwise, you can attend to sample all the entries and vote for the people’s choice (and enjoy one Brooklyn Brewery beer), grab a ticket here.

Sunday, October 21 from 1 to 4pm at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $15.

Meet the Farmer Dinner at Applewood
The produce from Liberty Gardens Organic, a farm in Coopersburg Pennsylvania, graces the tables at Park Slope’s Applewood throughout the year. The Applewood crew will be hosting Farmers Jeffrey Frank and Kristin Illick at a six course tasting menu featuring the farm’s bounty, paired with wines, on Tuesday, October 23rd. As always at Applewood’s Meet the Farmer Dinners, conversation will flourish at the dinner’s communal table. Call the restaurant at (718) 788-1810, to reserve.

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7pm, at Applewood, 501 11th St between 7th and 8th Avenues (Park Slope). $85.

Brooklyn Wort
This annual competition for the borough’s best homebrewers sells out every year, so grab a ticket while you can. Presented by Brooklyn Homebrew and Sycamore, the event will showcase 25 ambitious home-brewed offerings, vying for an $800 prize (!) awarded by a judges’ panel that includes Sixpoint, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Bierkraft, and many more. But don’t worry, attendees get a say too: cast your vote for the people’s favorite, which will snag $200. And Cemita’s will be serving up Mexican sandwiches to soak up all the booze (a plate of food is included in the ticket price). Get more info and tickets on the Wort’s website.

Saturday, October 27 at 2pm and 4pm at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $35.

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