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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery's Facebook Page
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The best of all worlds will collide this month as the first ever Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival gears up to take over Industry City.

The foodie-friendly event – which will showcase the best of the best in both food and drink – comes on the heels of this year’s Best of Brooklyn competition, hosted by Brooklyn Media Group, publisher of BrooklynReporter.com, Brokelyn.com, The Home Reporter, Brooklyn Spectator and Spectator News and several other local outlets.

In the competition, now in its fifth year, over 45,000 voters crowned more than 100 winners in categories like Best Bar, Best Burger, Best Happy Hour and more, in a borough which is now known worldwide for the quality and originality of its culinary offerings.

Now, you’ll have your chance to see those winning vendors – and taste their wares – in one place, Sunset Park’s Industry City.

“Brooklyn has an amazing, diverse offering of food and drink,” said head of Brooklyn Media Group Josh Schneps. “This is an amazing opportunity to get out during the winter and discover all of those amazing things that Brooklyn has to offer in one place, and have fun in the meantime.”

“Food and beverage manufacturing has made a major comeback in New York City in the last few years, particularly here in Brooklyn,” said Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City. “At Industry City, these makers – many of which are startups – are an important part of our innovation economy ecosystem that also includes tech, fashion, design, and media. We’re excited to celebrate and further support these makers with the Food and Beer Festival and look forward to offering a larger audience the opportunity to enjoy the many great food and drink products being made throughout the borough.”

Among the participating restaurants are: Athena Mediterranean Cuisine, Café Grumpy, Chavela’s, Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats, Beehive Oven, Bareburger, Buttermilk Bakeshop, Kings Highway Bakery, Kulushkat, Kings Highway Bakery, Paesano on 13th, Miti Miti: Modern Mexican, Bogota Latin Bistro, Bean Post Pub, Doughnut Plant, Dinosaur BBQ, Peaches Hot Chicken, Ho’Brah, Xin Chinese Restaurant, ALC Grocery and Audrey’s Concerto. Food prices will range from $2 to $8.

Among the beverage providers will be GuS-Grown-up Soda and Essentia Water, with local breweries including Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery and Coney Island Brewery pouring tastes.

In addition, the Museum of Food and Drink and Brooklyn Zoo will be on hand. Music will be curated by C’mon Everybody.

The festival will take place on Saturday, January 28 from 12:30 to 8 p.m. at 220 36th Street. Tickets are available for two sessions: I (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.) and II (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) plus an After Party (6 to 8 p.m.)

Both sessions offer early bird tickets that allow entrance a half an hour prior to opening, as well as a souvenir tasting glass. VIP Beer Enthusiast tickets are also available for both sessions, and include early-bird hours, other perks, entertainment and games, a souvenir tasting glass and a copy of the Brooklyn Beer Book.

For more information or to purchase tickets – which include unlimited beer tastings from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery and Coney Island Brewery, among others – visit www.bestofbrooklyn.splashthat.com.

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