The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returns for its fifth year on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, turning Madison Square Park into a smoky pigscape of barbecued meat, music, and seminars on the finer points of 'cue. If previous editions of the event are any indication, expect huge crowds and maddeningly long lines. This year, the organizers have promised more pitmasters (a total of 13), more food, and more space (the event will now extend into 24th Street. between Madison and Park Avenues, and 26th Street, between Madison and Broadway). Invest in a $100 "BUBBA Fast Pass" to speed access to the food, or check out the pitmasters while they set up on Friday night and plead for a taste before the festivities begin on Saturday. Visit bigapplebbq.org for more information on this year's lineup and a schedule of seminars and cooking demonstrations.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
The Grand Central Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal will kick off its annual month-long Herring Festival -- featuring nieuwe maatjes (Dutch herring "maidens" which have never spawned) -- on Wednesday, June 6 (212.490.6650).
Broadway Panhandler will hold it's annual "Yard Sale" -- featuring up to 75 percent off on select cooking supplies -- from Thursday, June 7, through Monday, June 11, at 65 East 8th Street (212.966.3434).
Kiss the Cook
The Friends of The FCI, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for students of the French Culinary Institute, will host a "Live Chef Auction" for "dates" with star chefs such as David Chang, Melissa Murphy, Jacques Torres, Jean Georges Vongerichten, and Dan Barber, among others, on Monday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at Cipriani, 200 Fifth Avenue. $250/person (646.254.7521).
Food Blogger Meetup
New York City food bloggers will come out from behind their keyboards for spring cocktails on Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m., at Von, 3 Bleecker Street.
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