New York City Wine & Food Festival
The 12th annual NYCWFF returns to New York City in October
with a mix of all new events and fan favorites.
By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) will return to the Big Apple this fall, bringing together the world’s greatest talent to educate palates and entertain attendees in high style.
NYCWFF is considered the largest wine and food festival in New York City, featuring more than 80 events and is recognized for its tastings in celebration of America’s favorite food, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, wine tastings and more. The 12th annual festival will take place Oct. 10-13 to EAT. DRINK. END HUNGER with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.
The festival attracts more than 50,000 attendees, world-renowned chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and culinary personalities for four fun-filled days of unique experiences. NYCWFF began as a one-night event, SWEET, in the fall of 2007. In 2008, festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, senior vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, launched the inaugural NYCWFF that has quickly grown to mirror its sister festival, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
The signature evening, large-format tasting events will be held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 97, including the following line-up of new and returning themes.
One of America’s most beloved morning show personalities has gathered his whole crew to kick-off the weekend at Elvis Duran’s Taste of New York hosted by Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show on Oct. 10. Duran will celebrate his favorite New York City restaurants and the launch of his first book, “Where do I Begin?: Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud.”
On Friday, Oct. 11, Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Rachael Ray returns. During the iconic battle of burgers, the event will also commemorate the release of Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook.
A carnivorous dreamland awaits fans at the Titans of BBQ presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats, which will be hosted by Dario Cecchini, Michael Symon and Pat LaFrieda on Saturday, Oct. 12. The festival will close out with a Sunday Brunch hosted by Marc Murphy & Devour Power on Oct. 13.
In addition, a highly decorated roster of chefs anchors the line-up for the festival’s intimate, wine-driven Bank of America Dinner Series. This includes celebrated talent and personalities such as Elena Arzak, Rick Bayless, David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, Action Bronson, Hélèn Darroze, Rocco DiSpirito, Amanda Freitag, Stephanie Izard, Marcus Samuelsson, Marc Vetri, Michael Voltaggio, Jonathan Waxman, Michael White, among others.
Plus, interactive learning experiences in highly specialized areas return with a variety of master classes set to take place, including macarons hosted by Ladurée, chocolate hosted by Kreuther Chocolates, pizza hosted by Pizza Loves Emily, Israeli kitchen staples hosted by Adeena Sussman and more.
Night owls will relish in the variety of late-night soirées this year, kicking off at A Night at José Andrés’s Mercado Little Spain and continuing throughout the weekend at Flashback Friday hosted by Rev Run with special appearance by Angela Yee, Tacos & Tequila hosted by Rick Bayless, RockTails hosted by Robert Irvine, Goldbelly Sweets ‘n Beats hosted by Buddy Valastro & Joe Ariel, and Tiki Showdown hosted by Anne Burrell.
Other robust event offerings include a mix of fan-favorite staples and newly debuted selections, such as:
- Four FIT & FEAST morning sessions
- Aperitivo hosted by Katie Lee sponsored by Liquor.com
- Drag Brunch hosted by Debi Mazar & Patricia Field
- Dumplings Around the World hosted by Molly Yeh
- Oktoberfest hosted by Andrew Zimmern
- America’s Greatest Sandwich Showdown presented by Goldbelly hosted by Adam Richman & Joe Ariel
- Rooftop Rosé hosted by Valerie Bertinelli
Tickets and complete program of events for NYCWFF are available now online at nycwff.org.