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February 16: An Italian Escape

Even if don’t have plans to take a trip this weekend, it’s not too late. This Saturday, Mario Batali’s bastian to all things Italian will whisk you away to the Northern Italian country side. The mega store’s cheesemonger will be hosting a one time cheese class, complete with wine pairings and condiments taking participants on a tour of the country’s best eats. The $75 all-inclusive tickets can be purchased by clicking here. La Scoula Grande at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave, 212 539 0204 ext. 304., 2-3:30 PM, $75

February 17: A Year for the Snake

Though most of us celebrated New Years a few weeks back, The Chinese Lunar New Year is finally here. This weekend, Chinatown will toast to the Year of the Snake, with a street celebration featuring a parade, stunning visuals, engrossing performances and tantalizing treats. On and around Mott Street, 1 PM- until whenever 

February 21: Things are Looking Up

Distillers, farmers, bartenders and chefs form the base of Edible Manhattan’s fourth annual Goods Spirits event. Fueled by Tuthilltown Spirits Half Moon Orchard Gin, attendees are guaranteed to end the night riding high. For full event info and to purchase tickets to this event, visit Edible Manhattan’s official site. 82 Mercer Street, 6-9PM, $50-60 (use code TTEdible for a 30% discount!)

February 21-22: Malaysia in the Park

On Wednesday and Thursday Bryant Park will be transformed into the famous street hawker markets of Malaysia. New York City and the Tri-State area’s best Malaysian restaurants and food purveyors will come together under the parks large heated tents. The Malaysian Winter Market will feature a bevy of signature Malaysian dishes and foodstuffs that taste like they came straight from the homeland. Bryant Park, lunch 11:30-2:30PM & dinner 5:30-9PM or until sold out

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