Spring Beer Festival: The NYC Craft Beer Festival hits the Metropolitan Pavilion from March 24-25. 75 breweries will bring 150 beers, ciders and meads to sample. The ticket price includes samples, opportunities to meet experts in the industry, good, games and vendors. This year will also include the “Hard Stuff Tasting Pavilion”, a chance to explore spirits. Tickets range from $45-$85. There are three sessions: Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. To purchase tickets, visit www.nyccraftbeerfest.com.
Distillers Festival: If you’re more of a fan of spirits, head to the Bowery Hotel on March 25th. Samples over 60 craft spirits, while enjoying a jazz band. The theme is prohibition. Tickets start at $95. VIP ticket holders get to enter an hour early with more time to sample and meet distillers. Food is available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to wear “modern-Gatsby attire.” Visit www.nyccraftdistillersfest.com for more information.
Duck Tasting: On Sunday, March 26, taste delicious duck based dishes at a Duck Off at Jimmy’s No 43. The day includes an all-duck, competitive chef cook-off, benefiting Urban Harvest. Chefs will prepare delicious dishes such as Peking duck, duck tacos, duck and ragu. A particular favorite is duck charcuterie from Hudson Valley Duck Farm. Tickets start at $20 and the event runs from 1-3 p.m. Visit www.slowfoodnyc.org to learn more.
Treasure in the Trash: For over 30 years, Nelson Molina, a NYC sanitation worker has rescued thousands of objects from the garbage in upper Manhattan. His collection is now on display on the second floor of the M11 garage in East Harlem. The work serves as a commentary on waste and consumption. On Sunday, March 26, there will be two hour long tours, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nelson Molina will be on-site to answer questions, but tours are self-guided. Visit www.gettingtozero.nyc to learn more.