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Seven ways to pig out in New York this weekend

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Dan Q Dao

We're only one day into fall, but it's already proving to be a real season for eating what with all the restaurant openings, food fairs and Oktoberfest celebrations. From a 500-vendor takeover of Atlantic Avenue to a Danish food market graced by Denmark's Crown Princess herself, here are seven events where you can stuff your face this weekend. 

13th Annual Oyster Frenzy: The Grand Central Oyster Bar hosts it's annual shuck-a-thon this Saturday from noon to 4pm. There's a swanky $3,000 grand prize for the speediest shucker, $500 for the runner-up and $250 for third place. To register, fill out this form and email

41st Annual Atlantic Antic: On Sunday, head to downtown Brooklyn for this six-hour, ten-block street fair, returning for its 41st year with a whopping 500 food, art and craft vendors. While you're perusing local wares, enjoy the sounds of showtime from Broadway's Wicked and a live performance from local rock outfit The Youth Are Our Future. See the full map here to start planning out your day. 

Chile Pepper Festival: Turn the heat up on Saturday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with samples of fiery wares such as Indian relishes from Brooklyn Delhi and chile-infused taffy from the Salty Road. You'll be able to check out peppers in the herb garden and purchase your own bottled sauces from the likes of Homesweet Homegrown Hot Sauces and Apinya Thai Food Co. Check out the full list of vendors here

LuckyRice Moon Festival Cocktail Feast: At this sixth annual celebration of the Asian Mid-Autumn holiday taking place Friday night, eight bartenders will create drinks using Eastern ingredients, including a Tahitian vanilla and rum drink from Natasha David (Nitecap) and a Lapsang Souchong–infused gin quaff from Curtis Worthley and Marcus Butcavage of the Gorbals. For food, there'll be sweet banana-pudding shaved ice provided by Wooly's. 

New York Coffee Festival: Taste unlimited samples of new releases and rare blends from 70 coffee purveyors—including Toby’s Estate, Irving Farm and Pacific Foods—at one of four different weekend sessions. After you've been fully caffeinated, check out a coffee art gallery, espresso martini bar and a barista competition with latte-slinging heavyweights like Irving Farm’s Josh Littlefield and Everyman Espresso’s Jenna Gotthelf. 

NORTH Food Festival: This third annual festival spotlighting the widely influential cuisines of Northern Europe comes to a close next Monday. While most of the dinners are now sold out, you can still get your taste of New Nordic food at free daytime events like a Helsinki Street Eats fair on Friday and Sunday's Denmark Day market, where Princess Mary of Denmark will be participate in a baking class with Danish food entrepreneur Claus Meyer. 

NYC Dumpling Festival: Go hog wild at this twelfth annual event touting all things dumpling—including a giant dumpling cutting ceremony, a roll-your-own workshop and the pièce de résistance, a grand slam eating contest. Last year's winner inhaled a mind-boggling 90 pieces in two minutes, so you better ready those bellies for a chance to win the $2000 grand prize.

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