This Sunday, Get Yourself into a Pickle or Go Whole Hog

No, this is not a crash course in English slang but advice on a couple culinary events to mark on your calendar. This coming Sunday, Oct. 15, the world’s largest pickle festival (we’ll take them at their word) will overtake the Lower East Side as 20-plus picklers and 30 local eateries join forces to observe Pickle Day.

Three blocks of Orchard between Delancey and E Houston Streets will be closed to traffic but open to pickle tasting and testing. There will be giant games for the little pickle fans in your life, not to mention a face painter, balloon animals, carnival games, and all manner of giveaways.

Home briners are invited to compete by bringing along samples of their own homemade cukes. Applications are here.

RSVP on Facebook if you plan to attend.

If you’re hankering for pork instead of pickles, head over to Whole Hog for a Cause; Beer & BBQ Benefit, hosted by Threes Brewing in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Proceeds go to Esperanza NY, a city-wide non-profit organization that works to create a safe and productive response to the challenges and needs of court-involved youth.

The $45 admission fee will entitle you to unlimited Eastern Carolina-style roast pork with fixin’s provided by The Meat Hook and two Threes Draft Beer tickets. Tickets may be purchased here.

Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, (718) 522-2110