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Sample Foods from NYC’s Top Chefs at the City’s Hottest Restaurants

New York City’s numerous cultural attractions, world-class accommodations, and unmatched culinary scene have made it one of the top destinations on the planet. Art, science, and history enthusiasts can immerse themselves at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, and New York Historical Society Museum and Library. From taking in the breathtaking vistas of the sprawling city at the One World Observatory to sampling the world-class cuisine of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Public Kitchen, New York has something for everyone.


The New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) has showcased the finest chefs and wines in the city for a decade. The largest wine and food festival in New York City takes place October 12-15. NYCWFF includes more than 80 events spread throughout the city at some of hottest restaurants and nightspots. The Grand Tasting is a day-long event featuring meet-and-greets with some of the city’s top culinary talent, a spectrum of food and wine samples, demonstrations from well-known chefs, and more. Featuring unique meals by world-renowned chefs at the most popular restaurants in the city, the Intimate Dinners offer something for every food-lover. Including themes such as tacos and tequila, and pie vs. cake, the Late Night Parties are perfect for those looking for a little excitement. Since the event began, it has raised more than $10 million for hunger relief organizations in New York. interviewed a representative for the event to learn more about this great showcase of food and wine.


RAL: How long has the event been running?

NYCWFF: We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the NYCWFF this year!


RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?

NYCWFF: Over 100 chefs participate in the NYCWFF.


RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?

NYCWFF: Attendees at all NYCWFF events must be 21 or older unless otherwise stated on the event page. There is a full list of family-friendly events at this year’s Festival including:

  • Culinary demonstrations only at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung®

  • Culinary Demonstrations presented by Mastercard® on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15

  • Italian Harvest Party sponsored by Barilla hosted by Giada De Laurentiis

  • Family Ice Cream Fun-dae hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry

  • Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda


RAL: What makes this event unique?

NYCWFF: The festival is a star-studded, four-day event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, culinary personalities, and America’s most beloved television chefs while fighting to end hunger. Considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City with more than 80 events, NYCWFF is widely recognized for its broad spectrum of events.


RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?

NYCWFF: For a full list of the activities at the event, please stop by our website.


RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?

NYCWFF: Guests include chef participation at each event such as Angie Mar, Patti Jackson, Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, as well as TV personalities like Whoopi Goldberg and entertainment folks including Lance Bass.


RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up specifically for the event?

NYCWFF: NYCWFF offers special rates at a selection of terrific NYC hotels. Hudson Hotel is our official Headquarter Hotel, and it's only a 15-minute walk to NYCWFF’s Culinary Campus at Piers 92 and 94. To take advantage of special NYCWFF rates, we are pleased to offer our guests access to the NYCWFF travel agent, Carol Press of ProTravel. Please contact Carol at 786-206-2717 to book your stay. Click here to visit the full listing of hotels.


RAL: What does this event mean to the community?

NYCWFF: This event brings foodies from all over the state (and beyond) together for one weekend of events to enjoy delicious food and raise money for the hunger-relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry.


RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?

NYCWFF: 100% of the net proceeds benefit Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®. To date, NYCWFF has raised more than $10 million to support the fight to end hunger.


RAL: Why should people come to your event?

NYCWFF: NYCWFF is considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City! With more than 100 events, we are widely recognized for tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more. We take great pride in offering 50,000 passionate gourmands and aficionados something for every palate and budget. Our guests join us year after year to sip, swirl and savor world-class cuisine, wine and spirits served up by the industry’s finest and America’s most beloved television chefs all in support of the fight to end hunger.

For information about the New York City Wine And Food Festival, please visit the event website.