9 of NYC's Best Weekend Food and Drink Events

(That don't involve having to run 26.2 miles first)

Hey, you might not be one of the 50,000 New Yorkers running through all five boroughs this Sunday, but that shouldn't stop you from carbo-loading—or celebrating—like a marathoner. Reward all those hard hours of spectating with these nine weekend food and drink events—including a Himalayan dumpling crawl.

All Weekend

Food Loves Tech

Imagine this two-day expo as Bill Gates's version of a food festival, where the industry's thought leaders will gather to talk about the future of how we'll be eating. Meanwhile, some of the city's top chefs, including Gramercy Tavern's Michael Anthony and Seamore's Michael Chernow, will be on hand to provide some actual food for thought.

Canstruction

Back for its 25th year, the annual design contest pits architects and engineers against each other to see who can construct the most intricate sculptures from cans of food. When they're taken down on November 15, the building materials will be donated to City Harvest.

Pumpkin Smash

Take your leftover jack-o'-lantern to any one of the multiple Pumpkin Smash events throughout the city, then hammer it into smithereens, which then get sent into the compost pile. Many of the sites will be providing fuel for the pummeling, including cider and slices of apple pie.

Raw Wine Fair

More than 100 of the world's best natural wine vendors (growers focused on organic, biodynamic production) will be in Bushwick for this all-you-can-drink celebration. 

NYC Craft Beer Fest

There's a time and a place for your drinking game-friendly light lager, but it's not at this craft beer bash. Sip your way through 150 beers, ciders and meads from more than 75 independent breweries. 

Friday, November 3

$3 Sandwiches at BONMi

In honor of National Sandwich Day, the Flatiron shop will be offering its nontraditional take on Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches for just about the cost of a subway ride.

Saturday, November 4

Hang with Billy Harris at Upland

The culinary host will be leading a private dinner at chef Justin Smillie's popular California-inspired restaurant. Proceeds from the multicourse feast (which includes slow-roasted duck, crispy lamb ribs and Parisian gnocchi) and a live auction will benefit No Kid Hungry. 

Sunday, November 5

Puppies N' Pints

Sometimes, your two favorite things in the world do collide—in this case, cold brews and a patio full of rescue dogs. Spend the afternoon at Coney Island Brewery's beer garden hanging with shelter dogs, where a dollar from every Pilsner sold goes to support Brooklyn rescue shelters.

Momo Crawl 2017

While everyone else is making their way through 26.2 miles, we're more than confident you can conquer the same number of dumplings. More than 20 restaurants will be folding up this Himalayan specialty, and attendees will be tasked with deciding which vendor gets the title of this year's Momo champion.