Summer may be over, but cooler temperatures will give way to a delicious New York City tradition: outdoor food festivals! This month, there are several food festivals happening throughout the city that you’d be crazy not to try.

Before the fall weather gets too crisp, get out and explore the flavors that the city has to offer at one of these food festivals!



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1.     New York Oyster Week

Regardless of how you feel about seafood, there’s no denying that oysters are a New York City delicacy. Every September, New York Oyster Week celebrates this staple in NYC cuisine. This year’s festivities kick off on September 10th and will last through September 27th.

You can attend one of the many oyster-centric events throughout the city, or stop in to one of the many participating seafood restaurants, including Blue Water Grill in Union Square.  View the full list of participating restaurants and the schedule of events on their website.



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2.     Vendy Awards

To a non-New Yorker, eating food from a street vendor is a one-way ticket to the hospital. However, real New Yorkers know that some of the best food can be snagged from a food truck.

Each year, we honor these hard working street vendors during the Vendy Awards. Known as the “Oscars of Street Food,” the Vendy Awards are a street food competition and a fundraiser that supports the Street Vendor Project .

All participants are publicly nominated, including LIC Flea & Food favorite, Tea + Milk. (They’re vying for the title of best street beverage to bring home to Astoria!)

If you’re looking for a new street vendor to visit on your lunch break, head to Governor’s Island on Saturday, September 12th from 12:30PM to 5:30PM. To purchase tickets and view their full list of participants, visit their website.



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3.     Dine Around Downtown

The Financial District has gone through a serious renaissance over the past few years. What used to be a ghost town after office hours is now a bustling hotspot for trendy bars and restaurants.

To celebrate some of FiDi’s best eateries, the Downtown Alliance will be holding the Dine Around Downtown Food Festival on Wednesday, September 30th. Curious tasters can head to 28 Liberty Plaza between 11AM and 3PM to try some of the tastiest dishes from downtown restaurants.

If you’ve ever visited Stone Street, then chances are you’ve already tried some of the Dine Around Downtown’s participants, including Adrienne’s Pizza Bar and Ulysses’ Folk House. To see the full list of vendors, visit Dine Around Downtown’s website.


BONUS: Dine Out to Help Fight Child Hunger



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New York City might be one of the food capitals of the world, but many of its residents still go hungry. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 children in NYC go without food each day.

Throughout the month of September, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry teams up with thousands of local restaurants to raise money for hungry kids. Proceeds provide impoverished children with healthy meals, as well as resources for their families.

You find participating restaurants near you by visiting this site. You can also use your app to donate a meal to a hungry child at no extra cost to you!


Once September ends, you can still help No Kid Hungry reach their goal. From October 15th through 18th, you can attend The Food Network and Cooking Channel’s New York City Wine & Food Festival.

The 3-day festival features food and wine tastings, cooking classes, and even Food Network/Cooking Channel celebrity meet and greets!

100% of the festival’s net proceeds will be given to No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank for New York City. To purchase tickets and to view the events schedule, visit the NYCWFF website.

With all of the amazing restaurants throughout the city, it’s difficult to try them all. These food festivals are a great way to experience NYC’s food culture without breaking the bank or losing your mind. Not to mention, the added benefit of giving back to your community! 


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