The New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), without a doubt the largest food event in the city, will be taking over from Oct. 17 to 20, and tickets will be going on sale to the general public June 24. If you think that gives you plenty of time, think again: these tickets sell out, and fast.
The northern counterpart to the acclaimed annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, this year’s NYCWFF will be different from those that were held in years past. The most important change is the presence of a true home base for the festival’s largest events: Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River.
"We finally found a home," founder and director Lee Schrager told us. "It’s a place where we can feel comfortable stretching our legs and staying for a few years."
Events that will be held inside these sprawling piers include the flagship Grand Tasting; culinary demonstrations with Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Emeril Lagasse, and more; Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash; Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay; as well as new events including Jets + Chefs Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Mario Batali, and La Sagra Sunday Slices hosted by Anne Burrell and Adam Richman.
But that’s not all; those are only the biggest events. Also in store for the weekend is the Bank of America Dinner Series, in which some of the country’s leading chefs will be preparing meals at venues throughout the city, master classes at the International Culinary Center, Global Night Market at The Plaza Food Hall hosted by Todd English, Guy Fieri’s Rock of Ages Party, Meatpacking Uncorked, the Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Thrillist’s Barbecue & The Blues hosted by Robert Irvine, and Rockin’ Dumplings & Rollin’ Sushi hosted by Masaharu Morimoto.
The full list of culinary events really needs to be seen to be believed, and the organizers made sure to include something for everybody.
"We offer everything from dinners with white tablecloth chefs to a burger showdown, from Eric Ripert to Paula Deen; it’s really the best of both worlds," Schrager added. "There are tickets from $20 all the way up to $500. You’d be hard-pressed not to find an event that you’ll love."
Act quickly, though, because that event you love will be sold out before you know it.