June 2009

June 13-14th
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
11:00am to 7:00pm

Pitmasters from around the country descend on NYC’s Madison Avenue for a weekend of award-winning ‘cue. Wash it down with the sounds of toe-tapping bluegrass and jazz music.

$8 per plate. Sorry advance VIP Fast Pass is sold out. Click here for more details.

June 13th

Fishkill Farms Opening Day Celebration

9:00am to 5:00pm

The first taste I had of the eggs at this family-run farm brought me back to a summer on Cape Cod where I was lucky enough to buy eggs right from someone’s backyard. Sure enough those eggs were written up by Marian Burros in the New York Times. The Morgenthau family invites you to sample locally made products and stay for breakfast or lunch. Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend, since this kicks off their Saturdays on the Farm kids’ series, a bi-monthly event. Check out Kids Unplugged for more information.

June 27th

Check out the opening weekend of the New York Botanical Garden‘s Edible Garden project. Learn about  tropical fruits, herbs, planting and harvesting vegetables, fungi and heirloom seeds, and take in some cooking demonstrations while you’re at it. NYBG is open daily except Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Details:

Heading downtown this weekend? Spin by the Alliance for Downtown New York movable feast, a tasting tour of the neighborhood’s good eats, from 12 to 2:30. Tickets, $20:

Cross state lines and join in the East Coast Slow Food and Wine Festival. The two-day event at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, N.J., will feature cooking demonstrations, tastings, a farmers’ market and celebrity chef book signings June 27 and 28 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets, $35 for one day, $55 for two, in advance from At the door, one day is $40, two days, $60.

June 28th

Ready for some cheesy fun? Mark your calendars for the third annual cheese-eating at the Smith Street Fair in Brooklyn. Sponsored by Stinky Bklyn, you’ll need to register in advance before showing up for the contest. When: 2 p.m. Where: 268 Smith Street between Sackett and Degraw Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. To register: (718) 522-7425 until June 26.