Apples, Bourbon & a Vegan Fest: What to Do in Manhattan This Week

Celebrate New York State’s apple heritage.

5th Annual Applepalooza, September 29
It’s called the Big Apple for a reason. Celebrate New York State’s apple-growing heritage at Applepalooza, hosted by at the Fulton Stall Market’s Sunday farmers’ market. Get info on where to go for upstate apple picking trips, cider brewery tours, and corn maze excursions while you sample products from New York State craft beverage makers and farmers. Vendors include: Stone Ridge Orchard, Olde York Farm, Nine Pin Cider, and more.
Fulton Stall Market. Free admission. More info:

An Alpine Tour with Neal Rosenthal, September 29
Renowned wine importer Neal Rosenthal will lead a class on the little-known treasure of Alpine wineries. Taste wines from regions where grapes grow at extreme altitudes—including the Valais region in Switzerland, the Savoie and Jura in France, and Italy’s Valle d’Aosta . Rosenthal will lead an in-depth discussion of viticulture, terroir, and winemaking history, suitable for beginning or intermediate oenophiles. Tastings will be accompanied by small bites.
Astor Center. Tickets $99.

Best of Bourbon, September 26
Experienced bourbon-drinkers or those just getting into the sweet, oaky spirit will appreciate this class devoted American bourbons. Taste six distillations under the guidance of a whiskey expert, and enjoy nibbles of cheese, crackers, and charcuterie.
Le Grand Triage. Tickets $60. More info:

New York Vegandale Food and Drink Festival, September 28
Vegans and non-vegans alike should check out this massive festival dedicated to all things plant-based. Now in its third year, the festival—an offshoot of Toronto’s beloved food emporium Vegandale—brings scores of vegan food vendors from around the world  to Randall’s Island Park. Can’t-miss food trucks include Oh My Cod Vegan Seafood Co. (Florida), Winston’s One Love (UK), local NYC favorite Chickpea and Olive, and many, many more.
Randall’s Island Park. Tickets $10 – $30. More info:

Stop Food Waste NYC, September 27
In the U.S., an estimated 30 to 40 percent of our food supply goes to waste. On Friday, stop by the Javits center and explore an “interactive teaching market” where experts and food producers will discuss the staggering statistics on food waste and possible solutions to the problem. Learn tips to reduce waste in your own kitchen and browse products from companies finding innovative ways to cut down on waste in food and drink production.
Javits Center. Free admission. More info: