A Lebanese Mezze Feast, a Harvest Festival and More to Do in Brooklyn This Week

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts a harvest festival. Photo courtesy the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Presents: Harvest Homecoming, October 20
Head out to the Botanic Garden this weekend for an old-fashioned fall foliage festival. The Garden partners with Brooklyn Cider House for tastings from local cider and kombucha brewers, a farmers’ market with heritage apples from New York state orchards, cider pressing, and a kids’ Halloween costume parade. There’ll be fall-themed carnival games like brussel sprout bowling, sack races, and cornhole, plus craft demonstrations, a produce showcase, garden tours, and horse-drawn hayrides. Enjoy live music all day from the Strung Out String Band, Broadway’s Oklahoma!, Fanmi Asòtò, and Fogo Azul NYC.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Tickets $30, $25 seniors & students, kids and members free. More info: www.bbg.org

NYC World Food Day 2019 by Thought For Food, October 16

The Urban Future Lab celebrates World Food Day and the launch of Thought for Food Digital Labs, an online food and agricultural accelerator. Carla Mucavi of Mozambique, Director of the Food and Agriculture and Liaison to the UN, will be delivering a keynote address, followed by a short presentation from Food for Thought and a panel discussion on finding ways to feed the world more sustainably. The event will offer ample opportunities for networking and discussion, plus snacks and drinks from Farmcut Catering and Willie’s Superbrew.
Urban Future Lab. Tickets $10 – $20. More info: www.eventbrite.com

Escape the Ordinary: Sake and Seafood Pop-up, October 18–20
Limani seafood restaurant hosts this pop-up highlighting Japanese sake’s ability to pair with seafood. Sake sommelier Chris Johnson presents a curated menus of sakes selected for their umami-enriching qualities. In the first, “ordinary” restaurant space, guests will enjoy a sake and wine flight paired with oysters, octopus, and crab cakes, while the “Escape the Ordinary” room offers two unique sake and seafood pairings. Taste the contrast for yourself and discover sake—a sulfite-free alternative to white wine that’s increasingly sommeliers’ top recommendation for drinking with seafood.
Limani Restaurant. Tickets $20– $80. Call restaurant for reservations. More info: foodandsake.com

Tastes of Franklin Avenue Festival, October 19 

For the second year running, Franklin Avenue shops and restaurants will open their doors for a fun-filled autumn street fair. Savor bites from over twenty neighborhood restaurants, including Hunky Dory, Alta Trattoria, Berg’n, Domo Taco, Memphis Seoul and more, plus wine and spirit tastings. Shop—or sell your own creations—at the Crow Hill Community Association Crafts Fair. You’ll be showing your appreciation for Crown Heights’ small businesses and supporting children’s health in the community, as proceeds will benefit student-run Hip2B Healthy Markets, Crown Heights Youth Soccer, and Seeds in the Middle. The event is dog and child-friendly!Franklin Avenue. Tickets $20 – $50. More info: www.eventbrite.com

A Lebanese Mezze Feast with YAYA, October 18
Dining series YAYA comes to Archestratus Books + Foods, bringing their sustainable-minded cuisine.  Chefs Gabrielle Badawy and Alida Borgna, formerly of Blue Hill and Chez Panisse, are passionative about getting creative with foods from local producers and farmers. At this communal five-course dinner, they’ll be serving seasonal vegetables, hearty grains, Lebanese breads, and a succulent roast. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, and vegetarian or gluten-free accommodations can be on request.
Archestratus Books + Foods. Tickets $75. More info: http://www.archestrat.us/