Procrastinated on getting tickets to the New York City Wine & Food Festival? Good news, they're still available to some of the best events — by which we mean the massive tastings where you can't possibly eat everything, but it's great fun to try.
The four-day fest exploring food trends and the chefs and bartenders setting them begins Oct. 14, and the walk-around tastings are just one part of it. Your foodie romp can be as big or as small as you want, with late-night parties, cooking classes and intimate dinners, too.
Check out all of the events, but we rounded up a few you don't want to miss.
Meatopia: The Carnivore's Ball: If it was once alive, it is now smoked, baked, roasted, barbecued, charred and presented in every other way a piece of meat can be made into something delicious. Plus a live band, lots of beer and cocktails, and live barbecuing by grillmasters happy to share their tips. $165, Oct. 18, 4-7 p.m.; Pier 92
The Art of Tiki: There’s no bigger trend in bars right now than the tiki revival, so hold off winter just a little bit longer at this showdown of Polynesian cocktails by bartenders from around the city, including the ladies of Butter & Scotch and Pouring Ribbons’ Joaquin Simo. (There will also be island-themed food to pace yourself.) $115, Oct. 17, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Pier 92
Dinner with Jose Enrique and Jamie Bissonnette: If you’re willing to take a foodie leap into a totally unpredictable dinner, these two up-and-coming chefs (both have been named Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine) are merging Puerto Rican, Spanish and Italian cuisines. Dinner includes wine pairings. $250, Oct. 16, 7-10 p.m., Arabelle, 37 E. 64th St.
Tacos & Tequila: Tiki is to the drink scene as tacos are to food, and we’ve yet to taste anything that isn’t improved by being wedged into a crunchy shell. Chef Aaron Sanchez hosts 15 of the city’s chefs trying to woo you with their take on the taco, from the expected (Mark Meyer of Rosie’s) to the offbeat (Mira Sushi & Izakaya’s Brian Tsao). $150, Oct. 15, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Urbo, 11 Times Square
Best Bloody Mary Brunch: The cast of Food Network’s “Chopped” will be the judge of who makes their best signature Bloody Mary. You, of course, will also get to taste them all, along with dishes themed to our favorite meal of the week: brunch. $165, Oct. 18, 12:30-3 p.m., Pier 60