Cute new Avenue C wine bar Lois launches brunch this weekend, with dishes paired with their 15 wines. They'll be offering gravlax served with crostini, greens and a salt and pepper creme fraiche, sausage rolls with sweet purple slaw and breakfast bread pudding with homemade caramel, fresh fruit and mint. They'll also be offering a house-made Vermouth spritz later this month, which will be a new addition to their impressive tap wine program.

Sip on a selection of local and international hard ciders at Pour The Core, which is taking place at the Brooklyn Expo Center this Saturday. Sample the various options from Crispin, Ciderboys, William's Orchards and Doc's Draft Hard Ciders, plus other cider-based products like Apple Cider Donuts, FroDo (donut ice cream sandwiches) and hot and iced apple cider. General admission tickets ($40) get you admission from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. with samples of as many of the ciders as you please.

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Over in Manhattan, Webster Hall is playing host to the Better Booze Festival, a completely vegan-friendly eating and drinking event. If you didn't already know, some alcohol contains animal products, but not here, where all the wine, spirits and beer is completely cruelty-free. A $45 ticket gets you sips and bites from a bunch of different vegan purveyors; and as a further bonus, 10% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to bringing clean water to developing nations.

Orchard Street will once again be transformed into DayLife on Sunday, bringing a dozen food options from local spots like Pies N Thighs, Wassail, The Meatball Shop and Moscow 57 plus Speedy Romeo and Khao Man Gai NY. While the thrust of the day will be on eating well, there'll also be a wellness lounge with yoga, tarot and numerology, plus physical activities, fashion tables and DJ sets. The free event runs between Houston and Delancey from noon until 5 p.m.