Lots of big events will be happening this weekend in NYC - Halloween weekend is made sweeter with the Chocolate Show and ends with the most inspirational event of the year: the ING New York City Marathon. Have a sweet, sweaty, and spooky weekend!
Calling all chocoholics, from today until Sunday, the Chocolate Show is back in town. This international chocolate exhibition features tons of vendors including Jacques Torres, Brooklyn's Madecase (Madagascar chocolates), and Dubai's Al Nassma (creator of the first camel milk chocolates). In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, there will be cooking demonstrations to watch and a beauty pavillion to test chocolate products for the body. Tickets are $28 online, $30 at door, children under 12 free. The event will be held at the Metropolitan Pavillion (125 W 18th St. btwn 6th and 7th Ave).
Of course Saturday's Halloween, which means there are plenty of costume parties and events in the city. The biggest event is the NY Village Halloween Parade where almost 2 million people watch over 50,000 costumed participants on floats or parading puppets. To watch the action, you'll have to get there hours before the 7pm start. The parade goes through 6th Ave from Spring St to 21st St. For a head start on Halloween night, why not check out the Halloween Candy and Wine/Spirits tasting at Bottlerocket from 2-5pm. Try pairings like caramels with Bourbon - costumes optional, reservations not required, admission is free. Bottlerocket is located at 5 W 19th St (btwn 5th and 6th Aves).
And then on Sunday is one of our favorite non-foodie related events in NYC: the ING New York City Marathon. It's truly inspiring to watch and cheer on runners from all over the world. We like to grab a coffee and bagel and watch from Central Park. If you want to stay inside, you can head to Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center for a macarons and espresso to watch the end of the race.