NYC Wine and Food Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow—Get a Breather in Brooklyn

Starting tomorrow, NYCWFF will begin with events based almost entirely in Manhattan. Of course there’s plenty to see in Brooklyn, and if you’re in town for the event, consider these tours.

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Starting tomorrow, the city will be flooded with a dazzling array of “personalities” (this includes chefs, prominent members of the food media, business owners, a few farmers and Whoopi Goldberg) for the NYC Wine and Food Festival.

The events are based almost exclusively in Manhattan, so we put together a list of fun Brooklyn-based food tours for those who feel the need to walk across the bridge to burn off a bit of Whoopi’s fried chicken.

If beer history is your thing, check out the Brewed in Brooklyn Tour. Don’t worry, it’s not just a romp through room after room of indistinguishable metal vats (am I the only one who spaces out after the first two or three?), although it does kick off with a walk through Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. The tour route also includes nineteenth century brewery buildings, a pizza pit-stop and a history lesson from your guide about how Brooklyn went from playing host to 48 breweries to almost none and the rebirth of the world of craft beer.

Head south for a less boozy but just as interesting food tour of Brownstone Brooklyn. This area is home to specialty food outlets both old and new- the tour visits a coffee shop opened in 1948, a boutique cookie shop opened in 2005, and experience the vibrant mixture of Middle Eastern storefronts and Italian eateries that make the neighborhood what it is.

If you need a less vanilla (and much, much snarkier) take on Brooklyn’s food scene, check out the self-proclaimed “hipster tour” by Great New York Tours. This tour is unapologetically focused on trendy Williamsburg establishments and includes a visit to bean to bar chocolate shop Mast Brothers and a stop at Bedford Cheese.

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Claire Brown

Claire is the Associate Digital Editor at Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. When she's not writing about food, she can often be found leading tours at the Union Square Greenmarket.