The best food and drink events this spring

This spring, celebrate craft beer, Asian street food and the country's best chefs with our list of things to do in New York City

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Some of New York's biggest food and drink events kick off this spring: a star-studded gala for the country's best restaurants, celebrations for the best beer and Asian food in NYC, and, of course, Time Out New York's own Food & Drink Awards. Get your tickets before they're snapped up!

NYC Craft Beer Festival - Spring Seasonals

For the vernal addition of this annual hops-fueled tasting, enjoy unlimited 2oz samples of 150 spring-release craft beers from all over the country. Devout brewhounds can up their ticket to VIP for an extra hour of rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres in a private lounge. • 646-424-5500, nyccraftbeerfest.com

  1. Lexington Armory, 68 Lexington Ave between 25th and 26th St
  2. Fri Feb 28, Sat Mar 1

Time Out Food & Drink awards

TONY celebrates another primo year of New York cuisine with a blowout bash, honoring the winners of our annual Food & Drink Awards in categories such as best new restaurant, best new cocktail bar and chef of the year. Voting for the Readers’ Choice winners closes on February 18th. • 646-473-0202

  1. Marquee, 289 Tenth Ave between 26th and 27th Sts
  2. Mon Mar 24
Luckyrice Festival

Luckyrice Festival

The Asian-inspired street-food extravaganza kicks off its fifth anniversary with a cocktail reception, an outdoor night market and the Grand Feast tasting, featuring fifty top chefs—past participants include Masaharu Morimoto, Daniel Boulud and David Chang—and eight bartenders. luckyrice.com

  1. Locations TBD
  2. Sat May 3
Will Guidara and Daniel Humm at the James Beard Foundation Awards

James Beard Awards

Known as the culinary “Oscars,” this star-studded awards showcase gathers food-world heavyweights from coast to coast under one roof—last year’s winners included New York bigwigs like Mission Chinese Food supertoque Danny Bowien and molecular-gastronomy poster boy Wylie Dufresne (wd~50, Alder). Semifinalists will be announced February 19th and tickets go on sale March 18th. • 212-675-4984, jamesbeard.org/awards

  1. Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 65th Street
  2. Sat May 10
Rosemary Society cocktail at Estela

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The spirited fest will return for its fifth year, flush with nearly 100 ticketed events across five days, including drink-slinging workshops, tiki tours, bar crawls, mixology lectures and, of course, the opening-night black-tie gala at the New York Public Library. • manhattancocktailclassic.com

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri May 9 - Tue May 13


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