On Saturday and Sunday, a massive African Food Festival comes to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, bringing dozens of restaurants and chefs to the growing foodie hub. Dishes spanning many regions will be on offer, with a focus on healthy and nutritious food including vegetarian and vegan options. Participate in cooking demos or just dine around the continent feasting on things like "puff-puffs (deep-fried Nigerian donuts), jollof (a popular West African one-pot rice dish cooked in a tomato sauce), hibiscus and ginger juices, suya (spicy kebabs)" and other delectable foodstuffs, according to Brooklyn Based. Tickets $10 - $500.
Speaking of vegan, the Vegan Shop-Up returns to the Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Pick up animal-free cheese snacks from That's Cheezy, artisan peanut butter chocolates from Eat Chic Chocolates, and scorch your mouth with salsas from Silly Chilly Hot Sauce, among other cruelty-free options. Excitingly: the Cinnamon Snail is back to its mobile ways slinging doughnuts and vegan sandwiches out front.
(Del Frisco's Grill)
If you aren't getting the hell out of dodge on weekends during the month of August, consider a game of rosé pong instead. Del Frisco's Grill is hosting patio parties on Saturdays all month, where you can throw ping pong balls into glasses of blush wine, if that's something that appeals to you. They're also doing kegerators with different outlets each weekend, plus cornhole, life-size Jenga and giant scrabble to enjoy between bites of burgers.
Billed as NYC's "first and only farm-to-bar cocktail festival," the Secret Summer event on Sunday is a can't-miss for mixology devotees who don't mind a heavy head on Monday morning. Unfolding from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Foundy in LIC, there'll be free-flowing cocktails (and water), plus some food trucks'll be loitering—but you'll have to pay out of pocket. Only the final ticket tier isn't sold out, so be prepared to shell out $150 per person, but you'll get some free ice cream from VanLeeuwen.