The Queens Night Market begins its autumnal residency in the month of October on Saturday evening, which marks the first of four pop-ups this month. There'll be over 40 food vendors plus an additional dozen offering artisan jewelry and vintage items, beauty products and folk art. Food options include a cornucopia of cuisines, like mac n cheese, artisanal twinkies, bubble tea, duck buns, Trinidadian shark sandwiches, jerk chicken, Chilean street food and takoyaki.
If you didn't take my previous advice to pick up a wedge of decadent St. Andre cheese from your local grocery store, swing by the French Cheese Board in Nolita this weekend to snag yourself a sample. Ile de France cheesemakers will be popping up at the site with a "cheese school" that includes samples of their brie, goat cheese, camembert and other varieties, with advice on pairings and creating cheese plates. Of course: plenty of cheese samples, too. The pop-up is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saganaki from Molyvos (Foursquare)
Also in cheese territory, Greek Wine Pairings courtesy of Molyvos Greek restaurant and Murray's Cheese. On Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m., Wine Director Kamal Kouiri will introduce the class to Hellenic vineyards and varietals and discuss how best to pair them with some of the cheese shop's favorite offerings. Tickets $70.
(The Maritime Foundation)
Learn the skills you'll need to unlock an oyster on Sunday with the Learn To Shuck event taking place aboard the historical F/V Sherman Zwicker schooner, a.k.a. Grand Banks. From noon to 1:30 p.m., oyster "expert" Lars Viola will be leading the group on safely shucking oysters, as well as schooling attendees on sustainability and the unique flavors of different oyster varieties. The event is completely free courtesy of The Maritime Foundation, but RSVP is required.