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by Carolyn Stanley

Take a look at our event picks for the upcoming week. It’s looking like a busy (and delicious) weekend!

Dekalb Market Opening Day
The latest venture from Urban Space (the folks behind the Madison Square Market and Union Square Holiday Market) takes root in Downtown Brooklyn, with local vendors setting up shop in salvaged shipping containers. In addition to a stellar food lineup that includes Robicelli’s, Mazie’s, and Sour Puss Pickles, the market features an urban farm and educational center with help from the likes of Brooklyn Grange and 3rd Ward. Read more about it here.

Saturday, July 23 Flatbush Avenue and Willoughby Street

Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival
Foodie blog Serious Eats rounds up its favorite NYC sandwiches for an afternoon of between-bread goodness that’s just a ferry ride away. Among the offerings are a meatball parm from Best Pizza, brews from Sixpoint, and frozen treats from People’s Pops. Check out the rest of the sandwiches or get tickets.

Saturday, July 23 from 12-4pm on Governor’s Island. Tickets start at $65.

Bushwick Block Party
Brave the 95-degree heat for this all-day neighborhood fiesta, with live music, a dunk tank, rice balls from Arancini Bros., libations by Sixpoint and P&H Soda Co, and free (yes, free) pizza from Roberta’s. RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

Saturday, July 23 from 12-11:30pm on Moore Street between Bogart and White Streets

The Great Hot Dog Cookoff
Nothing says summer like all-American hot dogs on the grill. But if you’re expecting standard Nathan’s franks on store-bought buns, you’re in for a surprise: past cookoffs have seen everything from hot dog-stuffed ravioli to an ice cream dessert dog. Kelso provides the venue and the accompanying beer. Scope out past entries and get tickets here.

Saturday, July 23 from 2-6pm at Kelso Brewery, 529 Waverly Avenue between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue. $45.

3rd Ward’s 4th Annual Pig Out
Creativity hub 3rd Ward hosts its yearly summer shindig with barbecue from The Brindle Room and local produce from Plovgh, plus live music and education demos. Admission is free; head over to 3rd Ward to RSVP.

Saturday, July 23 from 2-9pm at 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Avenue between Meadow and Stagg Streets.

Meatopia
Carnivores rejoice: the annual event soon lands at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over 45 chefs from all over the country will be grilling, smoking, and roasting all manner of nose-to-tail delights, including offerings from Brooklyn’s own Mile End, Seersucker, and Bubby’s. Find the full lineup, menu, and tickets here.

Saturday, July 23 from 5:30-9:30pm at Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tickets start at $85.

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Market Day
The market at Greenpoint’s Eagle Street Farm is open for business this Sunday, where you can stock up on the season’s latest harvest. And stick around for a free “Farming With Bicycles” workshop at 2pm for all you need to know about transporting your fresh-picked cargo on two wheels.  This week they are featuring lemon cucumbers, pickled cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, basil, kale, and an assortment of fresh and dried herbs.

Sunday, July 24 from 9am-4pm at 44 Eagle Street between Franklin and West Streets

Film Screening: The Greenhorns
Head to The Bell House to catch the Brooklyn premiere of the newly completed documentary, which follows the lives of the newest generation of famers in America. The film is a part of a grassroots campaign dedicated to agricultural reform and supporting the farming community; you can learn more on The Greenhorns’ website. Find tickets and more info here.

Sunday, July 24 at 7pm at The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves. $5 advance, $7 at the door.

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