Weekend Picks
Nosh on Oysters, Pickles-a-Plenty & French Eats, Sip Bubbly & Molecular Gastronomic Martinis and Groove to Charitable Beats in Central Park














It’s a weekend of first annual everything. Sail across the NY Harbor while noshing on oysters and sipping bubbly, eat Francophile style  the cities best French restos, take in a charitable concert featuring headliners like Neil Young and Band of Horses at Central Park and get your pickle on at the lollapalooza of cucumbers dear cousin. It’s all happening this weekend starting tonight!

Calling All Ostreaphiles

Tonight, oyster (ahem, aphrodisiac lovers) will delight in copious amounts of this sexy shellfish, “oystertinis” by ZYR Vodka and bubbly by flipflop wines. It’s the First Annual Harbor Oyster Cruise as part of New York Oyster Week. Sail the harbor either at sunset (6 – 7:30 p.m.) or twilight (8 – 9:30) while enjoying the food and drink, taking in the city views from the seaside and meeting celebrity chef, Rob McCue from Chef Roble & Co., who will be performing his Spherification technique  - form of molecular gastronomy that creates tiny balls of flavor similar in size, shape or color to pearls of fish eggs using delectable spirits such ZYR as pearl garnishes for the yummy raw oysters on the half shell that guests will be enjoying tonight. There’s still room on both boats so if interested visit http://www.harboroystercruises.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $125 per person.

Joie de Vivre 

Le Taste of France at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 is the first ever two-day event celebrating French cuisine and the French way of life. Join renowned French food personalities from some of New York’s best restaurants as they join forces to prepare for guests a comprehensive guide to the diverse culinary offerings that France has to offer. With all proceeds of the event going to Action Against Hunger, guests will enjoy food and drinks, a French flea market, live music by popular French musicians, wine tasting seminars, play a the classic game of pétanque, view modern French artworks, and even vote on the cutest French Bulldog. If you happen to have the cutest French Bulldog ever, upload a picture on Le Taste of France’s Facebook for your chance to win! 

For more information, visit http://letasteoffrance.eventbrite.com/.

Global Music Festival

This Saturday and Sunday, Neil Young and Dave Grohl are headlining a free (sort of) outdoor concert in Central Park, and you're invited…but there's a catch: The festival bill is meant to raise awareness of the Global Poverty Project, an Australian initiative meant to help wipe out extreme poverty, and the only way you can get free tickets for the big show is to earn them through charitable activities. Pricey VIP deals are also available; see globalfestival.com for complete details.

Pickle Palooza

This weekend premieres the first ever pickle palooza! That’s right, this Sunday, September 30th, pickle lovers will sample a variety of pickles and other various pickle inspired foods. Horman’s Best Pickles and Brooklyn Brine are among the exhibitors showing off their brining skills to make traditional sour, kosher, and dill-flavored pickles, among many others. Want to adventure outside the standard deli version? Try the Japanese teriyaki pickle balls and  knock back a pickle back shot (whisky chased with pickle juice)! Pickle Palooza, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, will also include live music and a pickle eating contest for die hard pickled pickle eaters.

For $30, a General Admission ticket includes admission and 3 pickle taste tickets. For $35, a Pickle Fix ticket includes admission, 3 pickle taste tickets, and a complimentary beer. The 5 Pickle ticket, for $53, includes admission, 5 pickle taste tickets and a complimentary beer.