pencil it in: spring fever

March 2-3: Veggies Here, Veggies There, Veggies Everywhere!

For those vegetarians who often feel they get the short end of the stick when it comes to food festivals, this one’s for you. The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival features the best in vegetarian fare from raw chocolate and coconut milk to sushi and more. Full event info, ticket purchase and a list of participating vendors can be found here. The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 10AM- 5PM, $30

March 3: Closing Beers

New York City beer week is coming to an end and to celebrate the festivities of the past seven days with a closing party at Mario Batali’s beer centric space La Birreria. La Birreria at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave, 212 937 8910, 12-4 PM, pay as you drink, reservations recommended 

March 4: A Taste of Home

The fourth annual Taste of Home event sponsored by NYC’s Housing Work’s will take place this Monday and feature the Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli, Tasting Table’sScott Hocker and honorary co-chairs Ted Allen and Ruth Reichl. Guests who attend will get to sample bites from some of the city’s best chefs and know that the proceeds from their nibbling will go to support Housing Works’ fight to end AIDS and homelessness. Housing Work’s Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, 7-9 PM, $100-250, tickets can be purchased here; enter TT2013 to receive a $25 discount

March 4: Meaty Balls

Meatball Shop co-owner Daniel Holzman is holding a cooking class for those interested in making their own balls. Meatballs won’t be the only feature of this one night only cooking course, Holzman will also instruct on sides to match. The $95 tickets to the lesson can be purchased here. Mangia! De Gustibus Cooking School at Macys Herald Square, 151 West 34th, 8th Floor, 5:30-8PM

March 4-18: Japanese Restaurant (two) Weeks

The staple NYC event is getting an Asian twist. For two weeks this March, Japanese restaurants across the city will offer special deals to celebrate a culinary tour through the country.

March 5- 10: Art and Arms

The Armory Art Week is back in New York City for the 15th year. The world renowned event is both for the avid collector and casual viewer as well as everyone in between. Hundreds of galleries will come together to showcase thousands of works from around the world. For full event info or to purchase tickets, visit the shows official site. Multiple locations and times

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