The ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) returns October 13 – 16, 2016. With more than 90 events taking place around the city, NYCWFF brings its signature mix of lifestyle experiences back to help Eat. Drink. End Hunger. To date, the Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to help in the fight to end hunger with No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City.
“We’re pleased to unveil the Festival’s 2016 event line-up,” said Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as vice president of corporate communications and national events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “This year’s program is one of our most diverse yet, featuring new themes and flavors, plus returning fan-favorite events and an all-star roster of talent.“
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City, with 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds helping fight hunger. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. (More information on the Festival can be found at www.nycwff.org.)
Between NYCWFF and its sister South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which takes place each February, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.
NYCWFF will have an expanded presence in Brooklyn this year, with signature event Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg & Andrew Carmellini moving to the neighborhood and new events like Best of Brooklyn presented by MUNCHIES hosted by Action Bronson and Wingin’ It also making their debut there.
The popular tasting events synonymous with NYCWFF will continue on Pier 92 with Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast on Thursday, October 13, and the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray on Friday, October 14.
The iconic rooftop gets a makeover on Saturday, October 15, bringing the excitement of Food Network’s hit primetime series to life with a new evening tasting event, Rooftop Chopped, featuring more than 30 of New York City’s top chefs. Everyone’s favorite Chopped cast members – including Ted Allen, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, and Geoffrey Zakarian are confirmed and will select a judges’ choice winner, PLUS attendees will also get the chance to cast their vote for the best bite of the evening.
As NYCWFF continues to evolve and engage passionate followers of food culture, this year holds new opportunities for fans of all ages to see their beloved chefs and culinary personalities live at the Festival. For the first time, the Festival’s signature Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite, taking place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at Pier 94, will offer a special ticket option – the Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations Only Pass presented by MasterCard® – granting access to the fan-favorite culinary demonstration stages for gourmands of all ages to see their favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel stars. The Festival’s other family-friendly event is Coca-Cola’s Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay & Michael Symon presented by Thrillist, taking place on Sunday, October 16 at Pier 92. Continue reading