Here’s the scoop on this weekend’s events in the ‘hood:
The 5th Annual Great Hot Dog Cookoff
Twenty teams of talented local amateur chefs will be serving up some seriously original and delicious-sounding takes on the good-old hot dog. Event host Kelso Brewery will be complementing the dogs with a selection of their craft brews. Saturday, July 31st at Kelso Brewery 529 Waverly Ave., 10:00 am, $35.00 entry fee.
Hard Hat Tours at Brooklyn Winery
Brooklyn Winery, an “urban winery and winemaking center,” will be opening soon in Williamsburg. They’ll be offering Brooklyintes the opportunity to make their own wines “from grape to glass.” Stop by on Saturday for a sneak peak. Saturday, July 31st, Brooklyn Winery 213 N 8th st, 12:00-5:00pm, free admission
Lobster Roll and Maine Beer Fest
Black Rabbit bar in Greenpoint is hosting a Lobster Roll and Maine Beer Fest event this weekend. Guest chef Marybeth Boller will be making fresh lobster rolls, and a greenmarket-inspired side. The bar will be complimenting the rolls with Maine’s Allagash White or Peak Organic Summer Session Ales. $20 gets you a fresh lobster roll, a side, and a pint. Space is limited, so call the bar to reserve your spot: Black Rabbit, 91 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and Manhattan Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-1595). Sunday, August 1, 2–6pm.
On the Farms
Eagle Street Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint usually has lots going on on Sundays. Stop this week from 10am-4pm to buy some of their fresh organic produce at their market, or for Open Farm Day – enjoy the view, pick fresh produce, and try your hand at farming. From 2-3pm they’re hosting a free workshop on pickling with Brooklyn Brine: “We’re growing a lot of cucumbers, and the best man to teach us what to do with them is Shamus from Brooklyn Brine. Not only is he down the block, but his pickles are rock and roll. Join us at 2pm to watch him make some delicious fruits into salty sour marvels.”
The Added Value Community Farms in Red Hook and on Governors Island are also busy most weekends. 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 is not technically in Brooklyn (it’s just across beautiful Newtown Creek in Long Island City), but they are growing lots of great organic produce right here in NYC, so we’re including them here. You 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 the venerable Roberta’s, 261 Moore St, Brooklyn
As always, don’t forget your local Brooklyn Greenmarkets (aka, the farmers markets)! Corn is in, people (see article below on what to look for with corn)! There are still loads of tomatoes, peaches and all kinds of spectacular produce at all the markets right now, so get out there and support our regional farmers!