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Carolyn's picks this week include the annual harvest bash at Red Hook's Added Value Farm; Tastes of Brooklyn; the Tubesteak Boogie with Mile End and Sixpoint Brewery; curry, mac n' cheese and apple pie throwdowns; a Barrier Brewing takeover of Eastern District and lots more.

Red Hook Harvest Festival
Added Value hosts this autumn bash, which features the best bounty of the season. Snack on treats from local restaurants, pick up some locally grown fruits and veggies at the farmers’ market, and get creative in a pumpkin-carving contest, all while supporting youth empowerment, urban agriculture, and food justice and sustainability. Check out the flyer on Facebook.

Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 4pm at the Red Hook Community Farm, Columbia St between Sigourney St and Halleck St (Red Hook)

Tastes of Brooklyn
Head to Borough Hall on Saturday for a smorgasbord of local delights and a worthy cause. Your ticket gets you six tastings from eateries like Brooklyn Farmacy, Fort Reno, Shelsky’s and more, and all proceeds benefit Seeds in the Middle, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about healthy choices and sustainability. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, October 20 from 11:30am to 3pm at Borough Hall, 2 Johnson St between Cadman Plz and Adams St (Downtown Brooklyn). Tastes start at $10.

Tubesteak Boogie
Franklin Park celebrates the classic combo of beer and brats with the help of some special guests. Sixpoint will provide five different brews to pair with five different tubesteaks from Mile End, for just $8 per pairing. Combos include Autumnation harvest ale with sweet veal sausage and Spice of Life IPA with harissa lamb sausage. Not a bad deal, especially when you can enjoy it on Franklin Park’s sprawling patio.

Saturday, October 20 at Franklin Park, 618 St. John’s Pl at Franklin Ave (Crown Heights)

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 thefarmonadderleyevents@gmail.com.

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.

The Mac-Off
Comfort food junkies rejoice: the third annual mac-and-cheese throwdown arrives at Huckleberry this weekend. A fundraiser benefitting arts conglomerate The Claque, it’s $10 to eat and judge but free to enter a cheesy creation into the competition. Check out the flyer and email The Claque to sign up.

Sunday, October 21 from 5 to 8pm at 588 Grand Street between Lorimer and Leonard Streets (Williamsburg). $10.

Enid’s Apple Pie Contest
If your area of expertise in the kitchen skews more sweet than savory, you’re in luck: Enid’s tenth annual bakeoff wants you to bring out your finest all-American pie recipe. The only rules are that each submission must contain apples and crust, and the winner is picked by a panel of judges including folks from the Brooklyn Kitchen.

Sunday, October 21, open pie call 5 to 5:4pm, judging 6pm, at Enid’s, 560 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave (Greenpoint)

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 SixpointThe Brooklyn KitchenBierkraft, 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.

Barrier Brewing Takes Over Eastern District
Evan and Craig, founders of Barrier Brewing in Oceanside, Long Island, take over the taps at Eastern District in Greenpoint to pour samples, fill growlers, and talk beer (Craig, it has been said, just may be the finest beer talker in the land). They’ll be taking over all six taps and bringing along a few special brews, including the first barrel of their Dunegrass double IPA brewed in their new brewery location (an upgrade from their previous digs in a space about the size of a two-car garage.)

Friday, November 2, from 6-8 at Eastern District, 1053 Manhattan Avenue, between Eagle & Freeman (Greenpoint).

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