From October 13 – 16, New York City is hosting the 6th Annual Wine & Food Festival. This landmark event began in 2007 as a one-night event called Sweet. From those humble beginnings, it blossomed into a 4-day extravaganza of food-centric seminars, workshops, dining events and classes. The proceeds from the event are divided between the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
There are many different event packages available that can have you dining with Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, and Emeril Lagasse. There are other packages available that include cooking demonstrations, grand tastings, and dining events with celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris and Tiffani Thiessen. With over 100 events during the four days, priced from under $100 for a ticket to a little over $400 per ticket, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The festival’s website has a list of all the personalities that will be on hand. The list includes many famous celebrity chefs like Mario Batali and lots of other local talent. This definitely appears to be a “pull-on pants” event. Never heard of that? Oh, this is an event that no zippered or button-fly pants will be able to endure. Your pants will need to expand to accommodate your ever growing stomach as you try to enjoy as much of the food as you can while you’re there. Pull-on pants include any pants that have an elastic waistband that does not cut off circulation when you eat too much.
Some of the classes offered include a bread making class, homemade hot sauce, roasting meats, cake decorating, and a noodle pulling class. Tasting events include cocktails, sushi, and a grand tasting event. Looking at everything that’s available, it truly makes you wonder if there will be a “Holy crap I can’t believe I ate that much” antacid booth!
The festival is spread around Manhattan and Brooklyn with a map available to help you navigate through the “gastronomical” event. The general request for dress is “smart casual” to cocktail attire. So basically, not a cut-off and t-shirt event. If you have any type of food allergy, this might not be the event for you either. You’re encouraged to buy tickets early and before you arrive for this event because there will be no tickets sold at the door. There is no wait list available for sold out events and your ticket includes all the food and beverages that you consume during the event. Enjoy!