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Festivals Galore, Yotam Ottlenghi's New Book, and More

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:

The New York City Wine & Food Festival
When: Various Locations
Where: Today and Tomorrow
What: Mingle with celebrity chefs, watch cooking demos and sample plenty of dishes at this megalithic food festival.  Participants include Mario Batali; Bobby Flay, Martha Stewart and many more. Head to the NYCWFF website for a full schedule of events.

La Fête du Champagne
When: Today
Where: Astor Center
What: The most comprehensive champagne event in the city is being held today at Astor Center. In addition to a gala dinner and walk around tasting, there will be specific seminars, including a lesson on pinot meunier from Eric Asimov and a study of Champagne's terroir lead by bubbly expert Peter Liem. This late in the game most of the events are sold out, but the website advises emailing Nicole Beloyianis at or calling 212-625-2519 to be added to the wait list.

Plenty More by Yotam Ottlenghi
When: Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
Where: 92nd Street Y
What: Hear Yotam Ottlenghi discuss his new cookbook Plenty More at the 92nd Street Y. Ottlenghi will be joined by the New Yorker's Jane Kramer and will stick around after the event to sign books. Tickets cost $40.

Brunch at  Balvanera
When: Starting Today
Where: Balvanera
What: Chef Fernando Navas is starting up brunch service at Balvanera this weekend with a menu featuring dishes like dulce de leche torrejas, housemade chorizo, and skirt steak served with salsa criolla. Brunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Juice Crawl
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Various Locations 
What: This juice crawl is exactly what it sounds like: head to various juice bars including The Squeeze, Dig Inn, Juice Press, and drink some juice. Tickets cost $55 per person or $90 for two and include the chance to win prizes such as a three day cleanse.