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NYC's Best Fall Food Festivals, Beer Fests And Culinary Events

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Fall is around the corner and that means food and beer festivals are just weeks away. Here are five ways to celebrate bacon, beer, and everything in between. By Carly Petrone.

Giada De Laurentis at NYWFF
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New York Wine & Food Festival

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The mother of all food festivals is coming to NYC this October. Get your coveted ticket to the New York City Wine & Food Festival, happening October 13-16 and meet your favorite foodie stars like Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Ted Allen, and many more. There are plenty of events to choose from including tastings and demos, intimate dinners with chefs, master classes, and plenty of parties. A few of our favorites include Chicken Coupe with Whoopi Goldberg and Andrew Carmellini (October 13), Food Fight with Guy Fieri (October 14) and Ice Cream Sandwich Making with Melt Bakery (October 16.) Keep your eyes peeled for the events that are less than $100 – tickets go fast! Want to volunteer at this fun foodie fest? More info here.

OktoberFest NYC at Watermark 2015
OktoberFest NYC at Watermark 2015


Watermark Bar on Pier 15
78 South Street
NY, NY, 10038

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Now you have three chances to celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC. You'll feel transported to Munich when Watermark Bar on Pier 15 becomes tented and the steins of beer are flowing. Wear your best lederhosen and grab a massive pretzel because we have a feeling you'll be staying for a while. There will be live music, decorations and games, and plenty of German food to last you throughout the day. Everything on the menu is $8 (except for liter steins, which will cost you $16.) Plus, you can't beat the amazing views of New York City, the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges, and the Brooklyn skyline from the 3,500 square foot venue. Celebrate Oktoberfest September 17-18 (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.), September 24-25 (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.), and October 1-2 (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.). Reserve your spot here.

Organic Gardening, Child Gardener Holds Basket of Vegetables & Fruit Tomatoes
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Farm Fresh Festival For Kids

South Street Seaport
Fulton St. and Front St.

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Get your kids involved in what makes up a healthy meal during the Farm Fresh Festival For Kids event happening at South Street Seaport. Come down on Saturday, September 17 and see how the seaport transforms into an interactive farm environment for kids and families. Activity zones will be set up so everyone can meet the farmers, taste food from the farm and connect with what it means to grow your own food at the farmer's market. Make a day of it by stopping by the creativity tent, the music shed, or the reading orchard. Event begins at 10 a.m. and admission is free.

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Queens Beer Festival

LIC Flea and Food
5-35 46th Ave.
Queens, NY, 11101

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Mark your calendars because the Queens Beer Festival is happening October 15 and 16! Enjoy unlimited tastings from Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Co., Coney Island Brewing Co., Flagship Brewery, LIC Beer Project and many more. The festival all takes place at LIC Flea & Food from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (both days.) Tickets range from $29-$68 and are valid for three hour time slots.


The Great Big Bacon Picnic

630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

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Calling all bacon lovers! Head over to The Old Pfizer Factory in Williamsburg on September 24 and 25 to chow down on all things bacon during The Great Big Bacon Picnic. This indoor/outdoor gourmet bacon festival features unlimited bacon and booze from more than 100 of the best chefs, brew masters and craft distillers in the NYC area. Stop by the Bacon Bar to try one of nine flavors this year. You can also participate in voting for the People's Choice award and enjoy live entertainment from Brooklyn's own High & Mighty Brass Band. Tickets range from $79-$249 for three various sessions (Saturday afternoon from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday evening from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., or Sunday from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Learn more here.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.

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