Well here we are. Memorial Day turned to Summer. August turned to Labor Day. Next thing you know, it’s friggin’ Halloween. 2014 is certainly flying by. But with the dawn of all things pumpkin spice and Octoberfest this month, lets try and take a deep breath- step back for a minute and enjoy what’s happening around us. Playoff baseball. Seasonal beers. It’s not yet all that chilly. Heck, even take in a #BrunchBash! It’s October, New York- so drink in a taste of where you need to be, all month long.
October 2014 Events in New York City: Where You Need to Be
Date: Wednesday, October 1st 2014
Event: Edible Oktoberfest
Place: Brooklyn Brewery
The Scoop: Celebrate the first of the month in style as Edible Magazine launches Edible Oktoberfest. Just $40 gets you a slew of brew from Brooklyn Brewery and a spread that includes pickles and potato salad, pumpernickel and pretzels, pork belly, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and more- all curated from Brooklyn’s own Theo Peck (Peck’s). Kick off the month right with an event led by some folks who know what they’re doing. Brews and brats! Just like in Germany!
Date: Saturday, October 5th 2014
Event: LocalBozo.com’s #BrunchBash 2014
Place: Studio Arte
Cost: Sold Out!
The Scoop: So you thought you’d get through THIS piece without hearing about our SOLD OUT #BrunchBash? We’re on a waitlist for crying out loud! Eight of New York City’s most popular restaurants will be cooking up a bottomless feast for our readers- Louro, Fung Tu, Poco, Lexington Brass, L’Apicio, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, Burke & Wills and The Black Ant- alongside beers from Alphabet City Brewing Company and Blue Point. Brunch cocktails like #BrunchBash-Drivers and #BrunchBash-Osas will be poured and handed out all afternoon long. If you didn’t grab your ticket, follow #BrunchBash on your social media sites for a glimpse of what’s going down all day!
Date: Wednesday, October 8th 2014
Event: Spain’s Great Match: Wine Food and Design 2014
Place: IAC HQ Building
Cost: VIP – $140, General Admission – $80
The Scoop: Some of New York City’s finest Spanish restaurants are partnering up for a night of great tastes. Spain’s Great Match returns in 2014 to showcase the best in Spanish wines, fare and design as the very finest elements of the region come to New York City for one night only. You’ll sip on close to 300 different wines from each region in Spain, while you nosh on some exceptional eats. While the list of restaurants at the 21st Annual event hasn’t yet been revealed, last year’s festivities included authentic dishes from the likes of Tertulia, Socarrat Paella Bar, Solera and Casa Mono to name a few.
Date: Thursday, October 9th 2014
Event: Aki Matsuri 2014
Place: Brooklyn Brewery
Cost: VIP – $250; General Admission – $150
The Scoop: Each of the following restaurants will have a booth at the 2014 Aki Matsuri event from Brooklyn Brewery, preparing their own unique Japanese dish. Are you ready? Red Rooster Harlem. Ramen Co. Gramercy Tavern. Boulud Sud. Blue Ribbon. All’onda. The Sea Grill. Morimoto. Jean Georges. Nobu. Just to name a few. Hosted by the Gohan Society, the evening will fund a special Chef’s Scholarship that will afford two local chefs the opportunity to travel to Japan to learn authentic Japanese cuisine from some of the region’s finest. Get these tickets now- the event will be absolutely phenomenal.
Date: Thursday, October 9th – Sunday, October 12th 2014
Event: Identita Golose
The Scoop: Eataly has long been New York City’s primo destination for Italian cuisine, but their annual Identita Golose festival brings a true authenticity to our city only once a year. The Chef’s Forum collaborates notable City chefs with some of the most notable ones from the ‘Old Country’ for hour long seminars and feasts for a long weekend. This year, you’ll have the chance to sit in on tastings courtesy of Lidia Bastianich, Michael Anthony, Daniel Humm, April Bloomfield, Bryce Shuman, Daniel Burns and Mario Batali. After experiencing some of these seminars last year, we can attest that they are worth every delicious penny.
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2014
Event: Merano Wine Festival
Place: The Manhattan Penthouse
The Scoop: For two delicious hours, you’ll sip on tasty wines from more than 40 different wineries and more than a dozen regions at the 2014 Merano Wine Festival. Enjoy a selection of Italian meats and cheeses, gelato and pastas straight from Italia, as well as wines from the likes of Banfi, Petra, Brandini, Masseria San Magno, Monte Rosa, Livon- and our particular favorite, the Alto Adige region’s Cantina Terlano. You might not be able to pronounce it all, but you’ll learn alot about what goes into making a fine Italian wine at an incredibly reasonable price.
Date: Thursday, October 16th 2014 – Sunday, October 19th 2014
Event: The 2014 Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival
The Scoop: There’s a reason why October is perhaps the year’s most anticipated month for food events and the 2014 Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival is the primary reason why. Four straight days of incredible eats and drinks from popular chefs to local notables- you’ll meet celebrities, wine and dine until your heart is content and learn a great deal in the process. Just a few weeks out, though some events have sold out- let’s focus on some of the great events that still have tickets remaining for the weekend. Ronzoni’s ‘La Sagra Slices,’ an incredible pizza event hosted by Adam Richman, Mo Rocca’s ‘Hot Dog Happy Hour,’ Rachel Ray’s ‘Blue Moon Burger Bash,’ ‘Jets + Chefs’ hosted by Mario Batali and Joe Namath, the ‘CHOPPED Best Bloody Mary Brunch,’ ‘Mohegan Sun’s Cigars & Spirits,’ and Andrew Zimmern’s ‘Oktoberfest’ are just some of the interactive tasting sessions that you can still be a part of. Most prices range at $125 or more- but proceeds go toward No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank for New York City. And that’s something worth sinking our teeth into.
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2014
Event: Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting
Place: Prince George Ballroom
The Scoop: There’s little that gives us more pleasure than a nice Portuguese red wine. Well how about choosing from more than 300 of them? The annual Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting returns to New York City with its biggest and most grandiose tasting yet- all inside of the posh Prince George Ballroom. For two full hours, enjoy light appetizers paired with delicious wines from regions like Vinho-Verde, Lisbon and of course Douro to name a few. These events are perpetually festive- and perpetually sold out- so don’t waste any time. Grab your tickets now and thank us when your teeth are purple.
Date: Sunday, October 26th 2014
Event: Not My Day Job 2014
Place: Prince George Ballroom
The Scoop: The cooks, bartenders, waitresses and staff-members that make up the kitchens of your favorite restaurants have far more to offer than just plating and serving your dish. Such is on display at the 5th Annual Not My Day Job which pairs tasty drinks and dishes with performances and artwork from some of the City’s most talented restaurant employees. Joining the afternoon of fun performances comes fare from Shake Shack, dell’anima, Anfora, The Gander, Scarpetta, The Wren, Colicchio & Sons, L’Apicio and more. Come for the food, but stick around for each act.
Date: Wednesday, October 29th 2014
Event: City Harvest’s Bid Against Hunger 2014
Place: Pier 36
The Scoop: Each $400 ticket to City Harvest’s most spectacular annual gala ‘Bid Against Hunger‘ will help feed more than 1,500 children. Think about that. More than 70 restaurants and chefs will be on hand for the 2014 event following last year’s wildly successful fundraising evening of $1.3 million for some 900 attendees. 2014 is expected to do even better with the likes of Pig & Khao, French Louie, ACME, The Lambs Club, Landmarc, The Stanton Social, Strip House, elan, Betony, Oceana, Tribeca Grill, The Dutch and many many more participating. If you’ve got the cash, this should be the cause to dig into your wallets for. The evening is certain to be unforgettable.
Date: Wednesday, October 29th – Saturday, November 1st 2014
Event: Food Film Fest 2014
The Scoop: The very best in film and food converge at the annual Food Film Fest and 2014′s is no different with five exciting events. Whether enjoying ‘Cocina Peruana’ with some Peruvian food, ‘Just Add Sriracha‘ with a series of short films and a VIP Pre-Party, Halloween night’s Food Porn Party featuring meat, rice and cheese balls and bites from Brad Farmerie, a Craft Beer Bash with Baltimore beers paired with salty and sweet treats from New York or Saturday night’s The Night Aquatic finale- with all you can eat oysters, sea urchin, crabs and a shrimp boil to boot. There’s something for cinephiles and foodies alike all in one place at this year’s Festival.
Date: Thursday, October 30th 2014
Event: Edible Manhattan’s ‘Edible Escape’
Place: Metropolitan Pavilion
The Scoop: I think we can agree that New York City is pretty great. The annual Edible Escape showcases ways to leave town without leaving Manhattan. Tastes from Edi & the Wolf, Brooklyn Brewery, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, Ofrenda, The Black Ant, Red Lion Inn and drinks from the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Long Island Spirits, Tuthilltown Spirits and many more. If it’s run by Edible, you know its going to be well executed.
Date: Friday, October 31st – Saturday, November 1st
Event: NYC Craft Beer Festival: Autumn Harvest
Place: Lexington Avenue Armory
Cost: VIP – $75; General Admission – $55
The Scoop: Not all craft beer festivals are created equal. It seems that every season, there’s a new brew fest by the folks at NYC Craft Beer Fest that we’re excited for- but nothing amps us up like fall beers. The Autumn Harvest will feature 150 of them over three wild two and a half hour sessions. Names like Allagash, Greenport Harbor, Heavy Seas, Left Hand, Abita, Rogue, Sixpoint, Southern Tier, Smuttynose, Flying Dog, Troegs, Sierra Nevada, Founders, Red Hook, Grimm, Widmer Brothers, Bell’s, Great South Bay, Lagunitas, Weyerbacher, Alphabet City Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Co., Lion….how much convincing do you need? These events are always packed and always a great time. Find out now for yourself!
Date: All Month Long
Event: NYC’s Oktoberfest
The Scoop: You don’t have to plan a trip to Germany to enjoy the best of Oktoberfest. NYC has some fun and festive happenings to put lederhosen on those pasty legs of yours. Check out the South Street Seaport’s recently opened Ambrose Hall + Beer Garden on Fulton Street for some authentically inspired German fare like sausages from Schaller and Weber or, taste some of their six seasonal brews that you can sip in a beer flight sampler (three 7 oz. pours) with a giant soft pretzel for just $9. Or you can head down to Zum Schneider where the weekend of 10/11-10/12 the awesome German beer bar is hosting Munich on the East Riverwith tents, steins, music and more. Ah the festivities! Finally, on Saturday 10/11, head down to lower Manhattan for OktoberfeAst. There’s bound to be some great food, craft beers live music tasty sausages along with three hours of tastings from breweries like Singlecut, Gun Hill Brewing, Third Rail, The Other Half and more!
Date: Wednesday, October 1st – Friday, October 31st 2014
Event: Concerts Concerts Everywhere
The Scoop: Check out our new concert listings for the month of October and make sure to secure your tickets before it’s too late.
Saturday, October 4th
Sick of It All, Irving Plaza
Sunday, October 5th
Fozzy, Gramercy Theatre
Friday, October 10th,
Bastille, Radio City Music Hall
Butcher Babies, Santos Party House
Macy Gray, City Winery
Jars of Clay, Highline Ballroom
Rascal Flatts, Prudential Center
Within Temptation, Terminal 5
Monday, October 13th
JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet, Santos Party House
Tuesday, October 14th
King Diamond, Best Buy Theater
Thursday, October 16th
Def Jam 30th Anniversary Concert, Barclays Center
Flying Lotus, Music Hall of Williamsburg
Flyleaf, Gramercy Theatre
Ingrid Michaelson & Neon Trees, Beacon Theatre
Royal Blood, Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Sunday, October 19th
New Found Glory, Best Buy Theater
Wednesday, October 29th
Capital Cities, Webster Hall
- Jane Van Arsdale