There are a LOT of cool things going on this week. Anyone managing to hit all of these events gets a gold star:
Foraging in the Park
Want REALLY fresh local greens? Find and eat edible wild plants in Prospect Park this Saturday with locavore maven Leda Meredith. Leda will lead a tour of the urban forest of Prospect Park, identifying and tasting all kinds of edibles.
Saturday, August 21 from 9:45am – noon. Meet up at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the park.
The Greenmarket-Inspired Kitchen: Tour and Cooking Class
Slow Food is hosting another edition of its Greenmarket Tour and Cooking Class this Saturday. Attendees will meet farmers and pick up fresh local produce, seafood and meats at the Greenpoint/McCarren Greenmarket in Williamsburg before heading to The Brooklyn Kitchen to prepare and enjoy a meal. Details here.
Saturday, August 21 at 9am at the Greenpoint/McCarren Greenmarket $85 for SFNYC members, $95 for non-members. Proceeds benefit Slow Food.
Mean Red and GFM team up for outdoor good music and good food fest
Mean Red Productions and the Greenpoint Food Market are teaming up to resurrect Brooklyn Yard and GFM for one day only on Saturday in Carroll Gardens. Brooklyn band Asobi Seksu will be performing and food will be served up by a variety of local artisans. Food includes empanadas from Empanadas dpm, grass-fed Korean BBQ from K-Thos, Asian-style falafel from Lei-Mo, tostadas and fresh watermelon juice from Hermelinda Mexicana, boiled peanuts and other Southern specialties from Dixie Spanish, sorbets and ice cream from Bao Bing & all kinds of sandwiches from Sandwich Friend. Details.
Saturday, August 21 at 383 President St (Across from the former Brooklyn yard). Doors at 6pm. $15
Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop in Flatbush is hosting Brooklyn Wort, a Brooklyn homebrew competition, on Saturday. Stop by to taste beers from 20 of Brooklyn’s best homebrewers. Winners will be selected by judges representing Beer Table, Bierkraft, Kelso, Sixpoint and Brooklyn Homebrew.
Saturday, August 21 at Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop, 1118 Cortelyou Road in Flatbush. Tastings at 2:30 and 5pm. $20.
Stinky Bklyn Cheese 101 Class
Also on Saturday, Stinky Bklyn is offering their popular Cheese 101 class.
Saturday, August 21 at 1pm. Stinky Bklyn 261 Smith St. in Carroll Gardens. $25
Farm to Folk Fest
The Williamsburg CSA is hosting the Farm to Folk Fest on Sunday in Williamsburg. Stop by for live music from local bands, and some great Brooklyn artisanal foods from Bakesalery, The Brooklyn Salsa Company, Cheshire Canning, and The DP Chutney Collective.
Sunday, August 22 3pm-8pm at Union Pool in Williamsburg
Black & Cream Temporary Taqueria
On Monday evening, West coast artist and pop-up restauranteur Mark Andrew Gravel brings theTemporary Taqueria to Williamsburg. The taqueria will feature tacos made with local produce from rooftop farms, local pickles, Blue Bottle Coffee and Mast Brothers Chocolate. Beer specials too.
Monday, August 23 at the East River Patio under the Williamsburg Bridge (97 South 6th b/w Bedford and Berry). 7pm-1am. $8 for food and music
Sixpoint/Brooklyn Grange/Northeast Kingdom Vegetarian Beer Dinner
This is one NOT TO MISS – Sixpoint Craft Ales is teaming up with the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farms and Northeast Kingdom to host a special vegetarian beer dinner on Tuesday night. The 9pm seating is sold out, but some spots are still available for 6pm. You’ll get five courses paired with five beers for just $40.
Tuesday, August 24 at Northeast Kingdom, 18 Wyckoff Avenue. $40
On the Farms
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is open on Sunday. Stop by for fresh produce at the market, to volunteer on the farm, or to join the Van Leeuwen’s for their ‘Grow it, Cook it’ talk at 2pm – “Before there was their beautiful ice cream, the Van Leeuwens were cooking in Bali. Join them on the rooftop as they show us how to make incredible global food out of the very localist of produce. As a one-time special treat, their iconic yellow pushcart of ice cream will be on hand below deck to keep us cool as we work.”
The Added Value Community Farms in Red Hook and on Governors Island are busy as usual over the weekend. Stop by the Red Hook farm on Saturday between 10am and 4pm to check out their produce at the market or to get your hands dirty farming. Or take the boat to Governor’s Island on Saturday or Sunday to buy fresh island produce or to volunteer (starting at 11am).
The Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm will be offering their rooftop organic produce and tasty salads at Brooklyn Flea every Saturday through the harvest season. You also can find their produce at these locations: Weekday On-Site Market – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-7pm in the lobby of the building housing the farm, 37-18 Northern Blvd, Queens. Saturday Farm Stand – Saturday, 11am-3pm at Vesta restaurant, 2102 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY. Sunday Farm Market – Sunday, 11am-5pm at Roberta’s, 261 Moore St, Brooklyn
BK Farmyards offers their own organic Brooklyn produce and eggs at their market each Wednesday at 600 Kingston Ave. (between Winthrop and Rutland) from 3pm-7pm.