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Young foodies can cook with big-name chefs at the Kids Food Festival

Grab tickets to kidcentric cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion at Bryant Park's fifth annual family food fest

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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With so many great family restaurants to choose from, and even a few where kids eat free, youngsters with an affinity for food have endless tasty options in NYC. The fifth annual Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park is letting these mini chefs get in the kitchen themselves, right alongside big-name talent in the food industry.


A brand-new James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion is popping up during this year's festival on February 28 and March 1, bringing NYC chefs like Bill Telepan (Telepan Restaurant) and Daniel Holzman (The Meatball Shop) as well as other food personalities like Gail Simmons (Food & Wine, Top Chef), former White House chef Bill Yosses and cookbook author Reed Alexander to the Bank of America Winter Village. Though the festival is free and open to the public, the kids' cooking classes are $25 apiece (tickets can be purchased tickets online). Kids will get cooking with direction from the pros on how to make everything from vinaigrette and hummus to vegetarian chili and spaghetti with meatballs.


In additon to the classes, there are plenty of free demos to watch, plus live entertainment from the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Super Sprowtz!, a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt, food samples and cool giveaways.




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