The weather is still struggling to warm up, but there are plenty of food events this weekend that are bringing the heat. Start your weekend by testing your taste buds at the New York Hot Sauce Expo before heading to Brooklyn to crown the best homemade tacos.
Cheers to the weekend with an unlimited sampling of more than 150 craft beers, ciders and meads from 75 breweries. There's also going to be a beer hall of food, games and vendors supplying beer-related buys.
School's back in session as you learn the chemistry of cheese making, dive into its history all over the world and even take a field trip to a cheese-aging cave. You'll become the expert at every dinner party after this weekend-long immersion course.
Friday, April 20
Step up your Instagram game with this food photo lesson, where photo professionals and casual foodies alike are welcome and the only requirement is a camera. Feel free to take just your iPhone for optimal "phoneography" tips.
Saturday, April 21
You can test your tolerance during the Guinness Book of World Records' pepper-eating contest, but if you're not willing to burn away taste buds, enjoy some craft cocktails instead between sampling hot sauces.
There's going to be something for everyone at this downtown event, including rolls from Blue Ribbon Sushi and old-fashion pizza pies from Harry's Italian. Take the little ones as well to fill out their own food "passport" and don't forget to support Public School 89 at its third annual lemonade sale.
Make the trek to Staten Island for the state-official chili contest and sample the competition's diverse offerings, like returning champion David Ronge's salsa and green chili.
This food market doubles as a performance space for dozens of artists to showcase their talents. Between acts, make sure to try eats from more than 50 on-site vendors, including more adventurous bites like insect noodles from Bold Foods.
Sunday, April 22
Head over to the Brooklyn Bazaar to taste the tacos of local home cooks before voting for your favorite at this 15-year-old tradition.
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