What We’re Looking Forward to this Spring

Free month-long chocolate subscription, CSA sign-ups, a maker swap in Bushwick, cool jobs and more.

Spring, it seems, is happening. We shouldn’t break out the Birkenstocks and throw out our winter coats just yet, but as the temperatures climb a bit higher, there are a lot of great food events to look forward to. New ciders, a gardening conference and the return of Smorgasburg are just around the corner, eager for you to once again want to step outside.

And word to the wise and/or curious: go here if you want to go down an even deeper local event and/or news rabbit hole.

  • Last year’s PopUp Dinner Brooklyn sold out in three days. They return on June 11 to a secret Prospect Park location for the “impromptu soirée, outdoor dance party and DIY showcase,” so become a Prospect Park Alliance member to ensure your space at this exclusive gathering.
  • Tickets for Stone Barns Center’s annual Sheep Shearing Fest, taking place on April 30, go on sale March 9 at 10 a.m. It’s a day of family-friendly activities, crafts, live music and seasonal fare.
  • Vegan Shop-Up is a twice-monthly market that brings together small vendors to sell their wares, which includes a lot of sweets (macarons and chocolates), savory fun (seitan and vegetable-based hot dogs) and even all-natural deodorant. It takes place at Bushwick’s Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6:00 p.m., and at Mooshoes on the Lower East Side on Saturday, March 26, from noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • The 32nd annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference happens on March 19 at Hostos Community College. Learn and welcome spring with 1,000 fellow gardeners and greening professionals.
  • On March 22 at Fine & Raw in Bushwick, get your swap on with fellow makers, foragers and growers. “You’re the judge of what you swap and no money is exchanged,” they say, and past participants have come through with fermented cider and mustard, cured meats and cookies.
  • At Brooklyn Kitchen’s Sumo Stew event on March 23, you watch a sumo wrestling fight and eat stew. It’s pretty straight-forward. The food and drink on offer are not your usual sports bar fare, though, with bento boxes from Hakata Tonton, Hibino, City Grit/Birds & Bubbles, and all’onda/Uma Temakeria, desserts by Tomoko Kato of Patisserie Tomoko, and drinks provided by Brooklyn Brewery, Joto Sake—plus even more. Get your $50 ticket for this event, which will take place at Brooklyn Brewery, here.

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  • Park Slope to Celebrate is going to celebrate Fifth Avenue’s food scene at A Taste of Fifth 2016 on April 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Prospect Hall. The best part? It will benefit 15 local Brooklyn charities. Be sure to snag your seat.
  • Be sure to get a ticket to the seventh annual Chefs Collaborative Summit. This year’s theme is Good Food Is Smart Business, and it kicks off with a speech by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
  • NYC Ferments is hosting Amanda Feifer of the popular blog Phickle on April 11. She’ll be doing a workshop about vegetable kvass and signing copies of her book, Ferment Your Vegetables. It all takes place at Jimmy’s No. 43.
  • Edible Schoolyard NYC wants you to save the date for their fourth annual Spring Benefit, which will be held on May 17 at Skylight at Moynihan Station.
  • Early bird tickets for Brooklyn Uncorked, our May 26 gathering of the best wine New York has to offer, are available now.

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  • Smorgasburg returns to Prospect Park on April 3 for the entire season with its usual mouth-watering vendor lineup.
  • The Food Book Fair is returning to Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel the weekend of May 1 and 2 to celebrate all that food media has to offer. Get tickets by supporting the event’s Kickstarter campaign.
  • Angry Orchard, located in Walden, New York, just announced their new Orchard’s Edge line of ciders, which includes Knotty Pear and The Old Fashioned. The line is, they say, “inspired by unexpected ingredients and aging processes” that the cider-makers have been working on.
  • The legendary Fleishers Craft Butchery is adding an Upper East Side location, at 1325 Third Avenue.
  • Sign up for Local Roots NYC Summer 2016 CSA, which begins in June and offers pickup spots throughout the city.
  • The Mobile Kitchen Classroom has teamed up with Kitchensurfing to bring their vegetable farro salad alongside seared striped bass with carrot-top pesto to the menu through March 11.
  • Red Hook-based chocolate-makers Raaka are offering a free month on their chocolate subscription service, First Nibs. Sign up and use code SMALLBATCH316 at checkout.
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Alicia Kennedy is a Long Island–born, Brooklyn-based food writer and recipe developer.