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Your Ultimate Guide to
the New York City Wine
& Food Festival

Mark your calendars!

The Food Network’s 10th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) is officially scheduled to hit the Big Apple October 12-15, 2017 and we want to send you there with $500 worth of new arrivals from our latest fall collection! Click here for contest details.

Whether you’re a festival regular or a NYCWFF newbie, we interviewed Devonie Nicholas, the Marketing & Public Relations Director at FIU/South Beach Wine & Food Festival, for everything you need to know. So take a moment to enter, then come back for the inside scoop on where to go, who you’ll see, and (of course) what to wear. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

“This festival gets better and better every single year!”

— giada de laurentiis

What is NYCWFF?

Known for being New York City’s largest food and wine festival, this four-day extravaganza is packed with over 100 scheduled events and rooftop parties featuring award-winning food and wine from renowned chefs and spirit producers and a star-studded who’s who of TV personalities and Hollywood icons.

According to Nicholas, here’s a little “taste” of what to expect:

  • A celebration of NYCWFF’s 10th anniversary!
  • Access to over 500 master chefs, culinary personalities, entertainers, wine and spirit producers, and all your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel stars.
  • Coveted wine tastings from over 100 wineries and spirit producers from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio.
  • A weekend of sumptuous gourmet foods and nonstop entertainment.
  • Lively parties at the best venues throughout New York City.
  • Hands-on classes and educational seminars.
  • The perfect foodie weekend with events ranging from intimate dinners and walk-around tastings to family-friendly options.
  • The best part is that 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry® campaign, raising over $10 million to date.

Grand Tasting and Culinary Demos

Spend Saturday or Sunday exploring the festival’s signature Grand Tasting for an experience that’s “unlike any other food event in the world!” Rub elbows with celebrity guests, sample appetizing fare from local New York City restaurants, and sip wine and spirits from Southern Glazer’s impressive portfolio of up-and-coming labels.

Afterward, stick around for culinary demonstrations from Food Network and Cooking Channel stars as well as book signings with celebrated cookbook authors.

Walk-Around Tastings

Treat your tastebuds to the flavors of autumn with an Italian twist. Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter, Jade, will hold a festive “Italian Harvest Party” on Saturday beginning at noon. This family-friendly event features a leisurely lunchtime tasting with signature fall ingredients, from pizzas and pastas to charcuterie, cheese and dessert.

In the mood for a little seafood sampling? Stop by Adam Richman’s “Oyster Bash” on Sunday at noon, where the host of Travel Channel's Man vs. Food and his guests will shuck oysters with artisanal oyster farmers and enjoy the delicious delicacies of their labor with sparkling wine, Modelo beer and Bloody Marys.

Brunches

Brunch NYC style with Food Network host Geoffrey Zakarian and his friends at Saturday’s “Greenmarket Brunch.” Starting at 11, guests will enjoy a farm-to-table experience complete with seasonal delights from local farmers plus beer, wine and spirits to wash them down.

Broadway lovers will definitely want to check out the festival’s second annual “Broadway Tastes” on Sunday at 11:30, where renowned chefs will serve up delicious dishes inspired by today’s most popular musicals. Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth will host this magical event at Metropolitan West, where you’ll have the chance to mingle with cast members from your favorite Broadway shows!

“I love what this event stands for and the money that it raises. And to do it with one of your best friends, cooking a style of food that both of us love so much and surrounded by people that love food, it’s magical.”

— Michael Symon

Intimate Dinners

Dinners are just as exciting at NYCWFF, with an assortment of cozy events and star-studded gatherings.

Cheer on the ladies at chef Alain Ducasse’s celebrated French bistro, Benoit New York, as he honors the city’s newest generation of female chefs. Join actress-turned-Cooking Channel host Debi Mazar and her husband and co-host Gabriele Corcos with a Thursday night celebration of traditional Italian cuisine, great wine, and even greater company at Tavern on the Green.

You even can spend a memorable evening with EGOT-winner and Hollywood icon Whoopi Goldberg at her favorite Harlem restaurant, Sylvia’s, for a night of fried chicken and Southern comfort food.

$100 and Under

On a tight budget? You still can experience NYCWFF without breaking the bank! Discover the “Best of Brooklyn” with rapper and foodie Action Bronson, or awaken your appetite at “Aperitivo!”, a happy hour party with Chopped judge Scott Conant. Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry will be serving up ice cream and gelato “Fun-daes” for the whole family to enjoy, while wine connoisseur Gillian Sciaretta will reveal her list of great-tasting, low-cost favorites.

Continue your wining and dining at “Fromage Fête,” where cheese authority Liz Thorpe will lead guided artisan cheese tastings and sign copies of her latest book (fittingly called The Book of Cheese.)

Late-Night Parties

Satisfy your late-night cravings at Duff Goldman’s ultimate “Pie vs. Cake” bake-off, or end the day with breakfast foods at the “Late Night Sandwich Eggs-travaganza.” Stop by and celebrate Dean & DeLuca’s 40th anniversary at the gourmet destination’s SoHo hotspot, complete with unlimited access to food, beverages, celebrity hosts and DJ Hannah Bronfman spinning some tunes all night long.

Signature Rooftop Events

Eat, drink and celebrate with a view from the top! Spend an all-American burger night drinking Blue Moon beers under the stars with Rachael Ray, or celebrate the Iron Chef franchise while sampling 30+ dishes with Alton Brown at “Battle Autumn Bounty.” If you’re looking for family fun, head over to the “Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ” to hang with Andrew Zimmern on the rooftop of Pier 92 while dining on grilled fare from award-winning pitmasters.

Brooklyn’s weekly Smorgasburg outdoor market has been called “The Woodstock of Eating” by The New York Times, and the market will join NYCWFF’s anniversary celebration with an evening hosted by the cast of Chopped. Sample Brooklyn’s finest bites and curated cocktails as you overlook the city that never sleeps.

Cocktails & Spirits

Taste specialty crafted drinks at NYCWFF’s cocktail-centric events while you dance the night away. Shout your love for rosé from the rooftops of The Standard with Food Network host Katie Lee and Z100’s Elvis Duran, or indulge in an Asian-inspired cocktail feast with Tony Award-winning actor and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star, B.D. Wong.

You’ll even get the chance to watch mixology’s fiercest females in action at the “Femme Fatale” event hosted by Anne Burrell, or dine on “Tacos & Tequila” with taco aficionado Aarón Sánchez.

Hands-On Classes

Discover new culinary secrets and techniques with the festival’s cooking and baking classes.

Learn how to make doughnuts that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, or whip up some mighty meatballs in “The Meatball Shop Master Class.” Try your hand at baking chocolate babkas (and their cinnamon alternatives) from scratch with a master class by Breads Bakery, or get rolling with sushi lessons from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Celebrities

Have you always dreamed of partying with the rich and famous? Well, here’s your chance! NYCWFF is a star-studded affair with Hollywood celebrities and television personalities from the Food Network and the Cooking Channel.

This year’s event will feature appearances by the following notable names:

  • Ted Allen
  • Lance Bass
  • Mario Batali
  • Action Bronson
  • Alton Brown
  • Anne Burrell
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Ayesha Curry
  • Giada De Laurentiis
  • Elvis Duran
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Katie Lee
  • Debi Mazar
  • Daphne Oz
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • Rachael Ray
  • Adam Richman
  • Al Roker… and many more!

“Come join us next year if you are not here right now. If you’re here right now, I know you’re coming back next year so…see you next year.”

— Marc Murphy

Festival Style

NYCWFF is a dream come true for foodies and fashionistas alike as new fall styles make their debut alongside a smorgasbord of eats and treats.

As a general guideline, NYCWFF organizers suggest “smart casual” attire for most daytime events. Cocktail attire is suggested for late-night parties and dinners, although daytime apparel is perfectly acceptable for those, as well.

Not sure what to wear? Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Comfort is key! Bring a tote bag that lets you switch between practical flats and sky-high stilettos on demand.
  • Since this is an outdoor event, you’ll want to stay mindful of the weather forecast. (Think knit sweaters, scarves, and lightweight jackets for effortless layering.)
  • Flowing dresses and shirts offer more than just bohemian flair. They give you just enough wiggle room to indulge in a few extra bites throughout the day. (Bodycon dresses are not on the guest list.)
  • Focus on outfits and accessories that transition from daytime events to nighttime soirees with ease.
  • Be unforgettable in distinctive fall fabrics like velvet, suede and faux fur.

Will you be attending the New York City Wine & Food Festival?

NYCWFF tickets range in price from $50 to $400 depending on the type of event you choose to attend, and you can even purchase package deals with unique combinations of popular options.

Psst. This> is what’s in your package if you win the Escape to NYC contest!

But the best part? It’s all for a great cause. 100% of the festival’s net proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®, and the event has raised more than $10 million over the course of its last 10 years.