The best food and drink events in NYC this summer

This summer, treat your taste buds with Time Out’s list of lip-smacking summer food events



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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Ah, summer, the ideal time for dining alfresco. Whether you decide to go picnicking, or enjoy some grub at an outdoor market, baseball game or BBQ block party, summer is all about those delicious eats. Kick off your smorgasbord season the right way with one of these delectable food happenings.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Madison Square Park heats up with this annual carnivore convention. Top pit masters from across the country–Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, BlackJack Barbecue in Charleston, SC–and local joints like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Hill Country will dish out wood-fired creations. Seminars, cooking demos and live music round out the festivities.

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Sat Jun 7 - Sun Jun 8
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Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Neighboring 'hoods Chinatown and LES team up for this 14th-annual cultural smorgasbord. The eclectic block party brings dumpling demos, challah braiding and mah-jongg competitions along Eldridge Street. Eat up kosher egg rolls and egg creams in between Yiddish lessons and Chinese acrobatic performances, or learn about Hebrew and Chinese writing.

  1. Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge St, between Canal and Division Sts, 10002
  2. Sun Jun 8
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Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

  1. Nathan's Famous 1310 Surf Ave, at Stillwell Ave, 11224
  2. Fri Jul 4
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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

Hungry New Yorkers and tourists alike flock to participating restaurants for this food fest, offering more than 20 days of bang-for-your-buck meals. Nearly 300 eateries will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38. Past restaurants have included Benchmark, Boulud Sud, the Cecil and Nobu.

  1. Various locations
  2. Tue Jul 21 - Sat Aug 15
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Brooklyn Uncorked 2014

The annual vino blowout is back with a fantastic lineup of 29 Empire State wineries. Locals like Brooklyn Winery, Martha Clara Vineyards, and One Woman Wines and Vineyards will pour their best products, while eats will come courtesy of Gotham vendors including Gramercy Tavern, Murray’s Cheese Bar and Emily.

  1. Skylight One Hanson 1 Hanson Pl, at Flatbush Ave
  2. Thu May 29
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Perry R

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