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Carolyn's picks this week? A Gowanus girlpalooza, a homebrew shootout, a last chance Oktoberfest, Gastroball, a look at taboo foods, a hunters' dinner at Prime Meats, a Washington Irving dinner at Parish Hall...and more.

Gowanus Girls Indie Design + Food Mart
The pop-up market returns for its second weekend along the Gowanus Canal, where local female designers and food artisans congregate to sell their handmade wares. On the edible front, you’ll find vegan treats from Super Foxy Sweets, Southern-style grub from The Fat Beagle, spreadable fruit from The Jam Stand, baked goodies from Daly Pie and more. A portion of the market’s proceeds support Curious Jane summer camp and after-school programs for girls. Check out the full list of vendors.

Saturday, October 27 from noon to sunset at Gowanus Grove, 400 Carroll St between Bond and Nevins Sts (Gowanus)

Brooklyn Wort
Miraculously, there are still tickets available to attend this annual competition for the borough’s best homebrewers. 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.

Oktoberfest at Sycamore
Sycamore welcomes its new manager Matt Barclay (formerly of Bierkraft) with a beer-and-brat blowout. They’ll be pouring both local and imported Oktoberfest brews, including some rare Bavarian farmhouse lagers handpicked by Matt himself, and throwing some German-style sausages on the grill. Get there early—the extra-special brews won’t last long.

Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 8pm at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park)

Gastroball Costume Party
Halloween weekend is here, but you don’t have to settle for boring costumes or junky prepackaged candy: Brooklyn Brewery and The Brooklyn Kitchen have the epicurean answer to the ordinary festivities. Dress in your best food-related getup, and be creative—the winners in categories like “Best Dish Costume” and “Best Edible Costume” will get to take home prizes from the likes of Momofuku Milk Bar, Saltie, and Mile End. Admission includes a Brookyn Brewery beer and a trick-or-treat bag with candy from local confectioners like Liddabit Sweets and Ovenly. Get tickets here.

Sunday, October 28 at 7pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry and Wythe Aves (Williamsburg). $10.

Masters of Social Gastronomy: Taboo Foods
MSG‘s Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma are back with the next installment in their food science and history series. First, Sarah will cover a history of off-limits foods around the world, from well-known ones like pork to more surprising ones like bananas. Then, Soma will delve into some of the mythology surrounding certain foods. To top it off, this special Halloween edition includes a costume contest, with a chance to win a $50 bar tab from host Public Assembly. As always, the event is free, but RSVP to ensure enough tasty samples for everyone.

Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg)

2nd Annual St. Hubertus Dinner at Prime Meats
Prime Meats honors the patron saint of hunters with a special menu including game tartar, terrine and foie of duck, ballotine of partridge, stew of rabbit, and chop of venison (grilled), all paired, for your pleasure, with wine. The dinner will be served by candlelight, if necessary. To reserve your spot, email pmreservations@frankspm.com.

Tuesday, October 30th at 7pm, at Prime Meats, 465 Court Street at Luquer (Carroll Gardens). $115.

Cooking By The Book At Parish Hall
Parish Hall brings us the third installment of ‘Cooking By The Book,’ a series of dinners inspired by the works of literary greats. This time, they look to the stories of Washington Irving. And who, really, could be more appropriate? Parish Hall has stated their committment to exploring the possibilities of regional cuisine, with a focus on the Hudson Valley, the place Irving himself called home and made the setting for just about all of his stories. One can only wonder how his most famous, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” will manifest itself on the Halloween’s Eve menu. Tickets here.

Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm, at Parish Hall, 109A North 3rd Street, between Berry and Wythe (Williamsburg). $50

Halloween Festival Local Roots Fundraiser
Not sure what to do for this year’s mid-week All Hallows’ Eve? Head to 61 Local for a harvest-season celebration in support of a good cause: Local Roots CSA. There’ll be pumpkin-carving, bobbing for apples, a costume contest, and even a pie-eating competition. All proceeds from the evening benefit Local Roots’ CSA in the Classroom, a program in Ditmas Park that educates fifth graders about local food systems by teaching them to coordinate their own CSA.

Wednesday, October 31 at 7pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts. (Cobble Hill)

the s(low) down
Put away your costume and get our your party attire for Slow Food NYC‘s annual soiree honoring slow-friendly establishments. This year’s benefit starts at the Invisible Dog Gallery, where you can sip cocktails from Clover Club and feast on roast pig from Fatty ‘Cue, before heading to an afterparty next door at 61 Local for desserts from One Girl Cookies and Brooklyn Farmacy. Proceeds benefit Slow Food’s Urban Harvest program, which brings hands-on learning experiences to kids throughout the city. Read more about the gala and get tickets here.

Thursday, November 1 at the Invisible Dog Gallery, 51 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill). Tickets from $150.

Brooklyn Beekeepers Club’s 5th Annual Honey Tasting
We don’t often get a chance to geek out on the true terroir of Brooklyn. There are troves of good food to be found throughout the borough, but most of it is grown, foraged or caught someplace else. The Brooklyn Beekeepers Club’s 5th Annual Honey Tasting might be your best shot at getting a true taste of the essence of Brooklyn, as local beekeepers bring samples of their honey, the product of millions of bees foraging for nectar all spring and summer in the streets and parks of Brooklyn, to one place, at one time, for you to taste.

Friday, November 2nd at 7pm, at Stable House Café and Bar, 1177 Bedford Ave., between Jefferson and Putnum (Bed Stuy). $5 for beekeepers who bring honey to share, $10 for everyone else.

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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