Weekend Whets 9/5

Hoboken Italian Festival, September 4, 2014 through September 7, 2014, Hoboken, NJ:  Italian cultural festival with food, games, music and more including a cannoli eating contest and a grape stomp.

Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo, Saturday, September 6, 2014 and Sunday, September 7, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ:  Over 150 vendors specializing in products for those with celiac and food allergies and sensitivities.

Japan Block Fair, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Noon to 6 p.m., Sixth Avenue between Washington and Waverly Places, Village, Manhattan:  Japanese block festival with food like noodles, curry and sweets as well as arts, crafts and performances.

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m., Museum of Chinese in America, Chinatown, Manhattan:  Mooncake tasting and design challenge and other activities to celebrate the holiday.

Pig Island, Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Erie Basin Park Waterfront Red Hook, Brooklyn:  Twenty-five NYC chefs serving dishes from locally sourced hogs.

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint, Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., East River State Park, Brooklyn:  Outdoor celebration of the area’s restaurants along with live music.

San Gennaro Festival, September 11, 2014 through September 21, 2014, Little Italy, Manhattan:  Italian religious and cultural festival with food, games, music, religious procession and more.

New York Oyster Week, September 11, 2014 through September 28, 2014:  Various events around NYC celebrating oysters.

North Nordic Food Festival, September 13 through 20, 2014, NYC:  Cooking classes, tastings, dinners and more celebrating Nordic cuisine.

The Cheeses of Europe, Friday, September 12, 2014 and Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The French Cheese Board, 26 West 39th Street, Manhattan:  Tasting of French cheeses.

Rockin’ Ramen, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m., International Culinary Center Theater Kitchen, Broadway between Broome and Grand Streets, Manhattan: Explore the art and craft of ramen.

Urban Appetites:  Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, Wednesday, September 17, 2014,  6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave., btw. 34th & 35th St., Midtown:  Historian Cindy Lobel discusses 19th-century’s New York’s food scene and how it affected the city’s development.

Central Park Smorg, Friday, September 19, 2014, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park:  Smorgasburg brings 30 food vendors to Central Park Summer Stage for one night only.

Oktoberfest 2014 at Frying Pan, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Noon, Frying Pan, Chelsea, Manhattan:  Traditional German food like schnitzel, wurst, Bavarian pretzels, potato pancakes, strudel and kraut with music, costumes and more.

Meat Hook presents a Brunch Without Boundaries at Brooklyn Grange, Sunday, September 21, 2014, Noon, Brooklyn:  Rooftop brunch with lady butchers and a lot of meat.

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