NYC Events: Chocolate Walking Tour, Conference on Food in Schools, Coffee and Tea

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It might finally be spring in New York! Today is supposed to be in the high 60s, so naturally we're already looking towards the weekend and hoping for some foodie outings.

While Saturday will also be in the 60's, the forecast also calls for thundershowers, and more rain on Friday and Sunday. So we're hoping to get to the Brooklyn Flea, and perhaps check out the Greenmarket, it might be better to look for an indoor activity.

• This weekend is the Baum Forum's annual conference, whose topic this year is Schools, Food and Community. For anyone who's trying to get kids to eat better, this conference is a no-brainer. With sessions on starting a community garden, becoming a parent activist, and panels on what's being done right now, you're sure to get information you can use. But given the amount of food that schools purchase annually, we're thinking that this conference might be worthwhile even for those without kids. Get the schools to change how they approach food and where they're buying it from, and you'll have made a major difference in America's food landscape.
• If you're looking for a bigger jolt, check out the Coffee and Tea Festival. Sample wares from 50 vendors, learn about cooking with coffee from Francine Segan, or watch Tea master Yoshikazu Tafu prepare rare green teas.
• Even though the weather will probably prevent it, we can't resist telling you about this chocolate walking tour. Culinary historian and chocolate lover Alexandra Leaf will lead you on an exploration of chocolate. Learn about current trends, visit a chocolate factory, and most importantly, sample!

What do you have planned for this weekend?

Image: Coffee and Tea Festival