The New York City Wine & Food Festival is a comin'.
The big foodie blowout consists of gastronomic parties and tastings happening all throughout the city in just a four-day span, from October 11th-14th. With dozens of events featuring food stars serving delicious bites and drinks, choosing the best can be a dizzying task. We know decisions can be hard, so we narrowed down our favorite things to do during the festival.
Supper is Served: The kick-off event of NYCWFF honors all the culinary ladies. Head to Pier 92 for the female fete hosted by Tarana Burke, a founder of the Me Too movement, and featuring more than 25 women in the food, beverage and entertainment industry, including Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli and Rachael Ray. Live performances come courtesy of Natasha Bedingfield and Martina McBride.
Yappy Hour: Will there be any NYCWFF parties as doggone cute as this puppy-friendly happy hour with the Food Network’s Katie Lee? Her very own Chihuahua, Gus, will be present at at this kid-friendly mixer, along with guests’ furry friends and plenty of cocktails, wine and beer at midtown's Big Screen Plaza.
Grand Tasting: Get ready to slip into a major food coma at this signature event. For six straight hours, you will have unlimited access to food samples and wine tastings from restaurants and chefs based in New York City and beyond. Additionally, you can watch some of your favorite celebrity chefs—Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson, Anne Burrell—whip up meals during their culinary demos.
All About Cake: This one is for all the sweet tooths (teeth?) out there: Christina Tosi, the founder of Milk Bar, is wrangling together Milk Bar alums and NYC pastry chefs to bake plenty of sweet treats for the crowd. Wash down the Milk Bar desserts with beer, wine and cocktails.