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2023 NEW YORK - MAY 2023
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

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May 5, 2023
School Lunch Hero Day
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 6, 2023
Bourbon Festival at Belmont
Elmont, New York
A bourbon tasting event and Kentucky Derby celebration, at Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, NY from 3:30pm-7:30pm.  This special event will feature more than thirty bourbons for tasting, a selection of craft beer, a live simulcast transmission of the Kentucky Derby, grandstand viewing of the track to enjoy live event day thoroughbred racing, and convenient betting windows.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the event website.

May 6-7, 2023  Wine & Herb- May Weekend - Cayuga Lake , New York
Sample wines at each winery along the Cayuga Wine Trail and receive a different herb at each stop. Build your garden, while sipping our fine wines and savoring herb prepared cuisine.

May 12-21, 2023  125th Edition Rochester Lilac Festival
Rochester, New York
Highland Park.  The largest free festival of its kind in North America, spring in Upstate NY is welcomed with ten incredible days and nights of non-stop festivities. Peek around every corner and you’ll discover magnificent gardens, musical gems, exciting exhibits and exhilarating special events.  Whether you’re a regular visitor or first time Festival-goer, you’ll quickly discover that every day brings something new to experience at the world famous Rochester Lilac Festival.

May 13, 2023  Lilac Wine Tasting Expo - Rochester, New York
Get ready to enjoy our traditional tasting event, designed for those who crave regional, artisanal, and specialty release selections. Get ready to welcome spring in the best way- with wine!

May 13, 2023  Rip Van Winkle Wine, Brew & Beverage Festival
Catskill, New York
The Fortnightly Club of Catskill is hosting its Annual Rip Van Winkle Wine Festival from 11:30am until 5pm at 1 Main Street, Catskill, NY, the historic Catskill Point on the Hudson River. Tickets are $25, ages 12 and under free.

May 14, 2023 - MOTHER’S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 15, 2023  Annual Taste of Greenwich House - New York, New York
Taste of Greenwich House is a premier tasting event that brings more than 30 of New York's most innovative restaurants and food purveyors, including staples and new eateries alike in support of Greenwich House's  social service and arts education programs.

May 20, 2023  Wing a Ding Ding Festival and Mac and Cheese Festival
Buffalo, New York
Wing a Ding Ding Fried Chicken and Wing Festival – Take a bite!  You’ll Get: Over 30 kinds of wings and fried chicken to sample from top chefs and food vendors.  Cool down a bit with a cold one – we’ll have plentay of craft beer, hard cider, wine or some soft stuff for you tee-totalers!


May 20, 2023  Belmont Uncorked - Elmont, New York
A fun-filled day of wine tasting and live horse racing, the event will celebrate wines from around the corner and around the globe.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st in Belmont Racetrack's North Shore Terrace Club House, offering sweeping grandstand views of the race track.  VIP session from 2:00pm - 7:00pm; General Admission from 3:00pm - 7:00pm.  Tickets are on sale now ($99pp VIP; $75pp GA) and include all wine sampling, grandstand viewing of the day's live scheduled races, and a souvenir wine tasting glass.

May 20, 2023  Lilac Craft Beer Expo - Rochester, New York
Featuring over 40 breweries, craft cider makers, and distilleries showcasing rare selections at Rochester’s nationally renowned Lilac Festival.  This expo is designed to showcase craft beers from around New York State and the US to an audience of local, regional, national, and international visitors.

May 20, 2023  Taste of Tribeca - New York, New York
A World Class Culinary Festival. For over 20 years, Taste of Tribeca has been an amazing day of  food, fun, festivities and raising funds to support arts and enrichment programs for PS 150 and PS 234.

May 20, 2023  New York Grilled Cheese Festival! - Patterson, New York
Famous Food Events brings the first ever NY Grilled Cheese Festival! A day totally created to showcase the cheesiest food creations from the best Chefs representing the tastiest restaurants, food trucks and caterers! We aim to Cheese!

May 20-21, 2023  9th Avenue International Food Festival
New York, New York
Since 1973. From 42nd Street to 57th Street, Ninth Avenue closes to cars and the festival takes over. It's unique and amazing, celebrating the joys of ethnicity through food, entertainment and every kind of street fair stall. Most street fairs in New York all look the same but this one stands out. The food is the big draw, but the festival is a fabulous expression of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood – teeming with ethnic food shops and fine restaurants and offering an eclectic global smorgasbord of national and regional foods.  Attendance: 1 million.

May 20-21, 2023  24th Annual 'TAP' New York Craft Beer & Food Festival
Bethel, New York
New York's largest craft beer festival.  Over 120 breweries representing over 300 individual beers offer everything from IPAs and lagers to wiesbiers, doppel and trippel bocks, stouts, ales... pretty much any variety you know of, and probably a few that you don't. Beer competitions and daily cooking demonstrations.

May 21, 2023  Heritage Fire - New York, New York
Heritage Fire is a three-hour live-fire event focused on education and delivering moments of culinary awakening. Taking place in 14 cities, the walk-around reception features an all-inclusive bacchanal feast paired with thoughtful bites prepared by some of the most critically acclaimed kitchens in each market, with products from locally sourced farms and sponsors. The festivities includes fun and interactive activations, as well as the crowning of your city’s Heritage Hero.

May 25, 2023  The WhiskyX - Brooklyn, New York
60+ Whiskies to taste and discover as well as world class music mixed with the best local food trucks, and other unique experiences.

2022 NEW YORK - MAY 2022
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

May 21, 2022  The New York Best Wings Festival - Oceanside, New York
South Shore Craft Brewery.  Find & Eat the Best Wings on Long Island!  Get 2 Amazing Wings from Each Wing Competitor! (so many wings!) (alcoholic beverages such as beer, separate purchase) Must be 21+; ID will be checked at event.

May 21-22, 2022  NYC Vegetarian Food Festival - New York, New York
The festival will feature food sampling and meals from New York City's top vegetarian restaurants and food companies, vegetarian/animal welfare information tables, a raffle benefiting Empty Cages Collective and live entertainment and activities throughout the day. With free admission and free samples, it has never been a better time to see for yourself what the vegetarian buzz is about.

2020 NEW YORK - MAY 2020
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

May 9, 2020  NYC Taste of the Nation - New York, New York
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

May 15, 2020  Annual Good Spirits - New York, New York
Round out the winter season and warm up with a cocktail prepared by one of the many talented mixologists from celebrated local, national and international spirit brands. It’s your chance to try out the city’s many spirit offerings—those making their debut as well as the trusty and true—in one evening, under one roof. These cocktails will be expertly paired with top-notch tastes from some of New York City’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming chefs and food artisans.

2019 NEW YORK - MAY 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

May 1, 2019 - Healthy Brand Showcase - New York, New York
For one-day-only, meet 15 healthy, organic, non-GMO, vegan, non-toxic and natural beauty brands!  Enjoy product samples, press kits, luxury gift bags and more!

May 13-19, 2019  Harlem EatUp! Festival - Harlem, New York
A festival offering an exciting sampling of Harlem’s sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets. Enjoy Dine In Harlem, Eat Up’s signature multi-room dinner party experience, featuring Harlem’s hottest restaurants and chefs hosting some of the biggest national culinary stars in their kitchens. Get your eat on as you spend the day Uptown at The Harlem Stroll, where food, art and culture will converge all in the backdrop of one of the neighborhood’s most beautiful parks. Watch Harlem and national top chef cooking demos on the EatUp! Main Stage. It’s a celebration of culture and good eats you won’t want to miss!


May 18, 2019
Seneca Lake Wine and Food
Watkins Glen, New York
Seneca Lake Wine and Food will celebrate and highlight the best the Seneca Lake area has to offer. Over 50 wine and food vendors will be in attendance for you to sample.  Live music and cooking demonstrations will also be a part of the event for you to enjoy.

May 19-20, 2019
CoffeeCon NY
New York, New York
CoffeeCon is the world’s first all-consumer coffee festival that features tasting the best coffees, hands-on trying the best brewing gear and onsite classes to improve your prowess as an at-home barista.

May 22, 2019 - Whisky Live - New York, New York
Whisky Live New York moves to the stunning Altman Building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, creating a magnificent evening of great whisky, fine food and wonderful entertainment in the heart of New York. This is your chance to become closer to the industry, taste rare and sought-after whiskies, increase your knowledge and meet the whisky experts.

May 30-June 2, 2019  Nassau County Strawberry Festival
Bellmore, New York
Catch all the fun and excitement at the annual festival hosted by the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs of the Bellmores. There will be plenty of rides, free live entertainment, free parking, fresh strawberries & lots of strawberry concoctions. Come on down and support your local not-for-profit organizations that give back to your community.

2018 NEW YORK - MAY 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

May 8, 2018 - Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: Strange Meat at the Institute of Culinary Education - Manhattan, New York
Soma will be taking on unusual meat preparations, from how to turn beef jerky into cotton candy to what to do with a pig’s head (or a cow’s head, if you have a driver’s license). He’ll also be getting to the root of the oft-misquoted line, “a bird in the hand is worth two sharks in the ground.”  Sarah, ever the outdoorsman, will recount her adventures eating beaver, bear, and mouse “mouffle,” along with the historic precedent for each.  In addition, ICE instructor Emily Peterson will lead a cooking demonstration!

May 11-20, 2018 - Long Island Craft Beer Week - Long Island, New York
The plan is to make LICBW an unforgettable week for Long Island Craft Beer and Long Island Craft Beer Fans.

May 14, 2018 - 10th Wine & Spirits Top of the List
New York, New York
A Tasting of America's Most Popular Restaurant Wines. Includes entry to grand tasting and invitation to live music after the tasting.

May 21-22, 2018 - 3rd Global Food Security & Sustainability Conference
New York, New York
New York welcomes all academics, scientists, industrialists, professionals and students across the globe to this exalted event focusing on the theme “Security,to feed the tomorrow”. This mass gathering aims to find common understanding about what it will take to tackle and succeed in the challenge of achieving global food security. The conference highlights are as follows: • Global Food Security: Ethics, policies and role of governing body  • Food security and its nutritional impact  • Community development for food security: Economic and social status  • Food security and risk assessment  • Food safety  • Food security and sustainable development  • Global Trade Liberization: Impacts on food security  • Environmental changes effecting Food security  • Emerging technologies for food security  • Agricultural revolution  • Food security management.


2017 NEW YORK - MAY 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

May 13, 2017 - B.E.E.R.'s 21st Annual Brew-Off - Bay Shore, New York
Homebrew Competition. B.E.E.R. (Brewer's East End Revival) Long Island's Largest Homebrew Club.

May 18, 2017  Brooklyn Uncorked - Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Uncorked is headed to Industry City for its 11th year and this time around, we’re celebrating the best of local, national and international wines!

May 19, 2017  Village Voice's 10th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event
New York, New York
The Village Voice Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event will feature 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs at Metropolitan Pavilion. Guests will sample the best dishes from restaurants reviewed and heralded in the Village Voice along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. VIP, Early Entry, and General Admission tickets will be available.  Choice Eats stands out as a food event that highlights the hidden gems of New York City's diverse culinary landscape.

May 20, 2017  Texas Chili Cook-off - New York, New York
The HOTTEST chili cook-off this side of the Red River!  Enjoy one of Manhattan’s hottest new waterfront venues while tasting some of the finest chili this side of the Red River. Purchase your tickets early to secure your spot at one of the largest gatherings of Texas outside of the state.

May 20, 2017  Southern Tier Craft Beer and BBQ Festival
Big Flats, New York
The Festival features a Brewers Exhibition and Tasting, Amateur BBQ Cook-Off, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Vendors and will be from 2pm til 11pm


2015 NEW YORK - MAY 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

May 2, 2015  Ramp Fest 2015 - Hudson, New York
Celebrate the forageable green, spring delicacy, wild onion of myth and mystery. Original dishes will be created by top chefs from upstate NY and the big city.

May 5, 2015  4th Annual Village Voice Choice Streets Food Truck Event
New York, New York
The Village Voice is proud to present our 4th annual Choice Streets Food Truck tasting event from 7:00 – 11:00 PM at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum!  Sample the best dishes some of New York City's favorite food trucks along with complimentary beer, wine, and liquor beverages.

May 9, 2015  Urban Food & Artisan Festival - Queens, New York
Please join us for a day of  Food Music and Artisan vendors. Bring the whole family, come hungry and ready to shop. Many different foods to choose from with a variety of Ethnic Food Vendors. Come see pop star Brielle perform her new album live. Register on Eventbrite for free tickets up until March 31st. After March 31st tickets are $10.00 pp on Eventbrite or at the door if available. Queens College 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Vendor Opportunity available. For more info call 631-667-EXPO(3976) or email: [email protected]

May 16-19, 2015  Wild Carp Classic - Baldwinsville, New York
Welcome to the 2015 Wild Carp Classic, hosted on North America’s premiere venue for carp angling tournaments, the Seneca River!  This event is a 64-hour, Big 10 endurance tournament targeting common and mirror carp. Each team may have up to 3 anglers that may fish 6 rods interchangeably throughout the duration of the event.  This tournament is a Big 10 format, with cash and awards for the teams with the most combined weight of their ten largest carp caught.

May 17, 2015  Shakespeare Primavera - Brooklyn, New York
Shakespeare Primavera with Food Historian Francine Segan Celebrate Spring with Talk & Tastes Inspired by Food & Wines from the Bard’s Italian Plays.  Join food historian Francine Segan for an appetizing talk on the sweet and savory in Shakespeare’s Italian plays, accompanied by a tasting menu of Renaissance delicacies catered by Union Square Events.



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