Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast, Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, The Tunnel at the Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan: The 2nd annual blue crab feast is a sit-down event with unlimited crab, beer and accompaniments like corn on the cob. Tickets are $89.
Hoboken Italian Festival, Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, Hoboken, NJ: There will be a lot of food at this Italian feast, including a cannoli eating contest and a grape stomp. (I remember attending this festival in 2001 and taking photos with friends with the Twin Towers in the background only days before 9/11.)
TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Citi-Storage, 5 N 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn: This event is a block party featuring food from local restaurants along with free 3 oz. tastes of craft beer. Ticket prices vary, but the cheapest is $40 for 6 food taste tickets and 4 drink taste tickets.