The by now iconic Food Network & Cooking Channel’s New York City Wine & Food Festival (presented by Coca-Cola) will be returning to Piers 92 and 94 this October 12-15, for its 10th anniversary – flaunting enough top chefs and celebs to make it easily the biggest and bestest ever. Indeed, with marquee names like Jose Andres, Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Action Bronson, Scott Conant, Giada de Laurentiis, Whoopi Goldberg, Hannah Bronfman, and Lance Bass, to name but a few, hosting everything from donut cook-offs to burger showdowns, the schedule is packed with sheer foodie nirvana.
The festival’s mission, “Eat. Drink. End Hunger,” means that full belly will also be paired with a full heart: 100% of the net proceeds go to Food Bank for NYC and No Kid Hungry, both of which directly help the local community. As festival founder and director Lee Schrager puts it, “no one, nowhere, should ever go to bed hungry.”
With over 70 scheduled events, Lee, who also founded the Food Network & Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, gives us the scoop on his top ten “not-to-be-missed.”
Blue Moon Burger Bash®
Not only sponsored by Pat Lafrieda and hosted by Rachel Ray, it will also feature the timeless hip-hop stylings of Naughty by Nature. They won’t be the only ones singing “Hip Hop Hooray!”
Hosted by Andrew Zimmerman and Pat LaFrieda. The food may not be as wacky as Zimmerman’s show, but it does feature an interactive cookie experience and all the grilled foods you could possibly stuff yourself with.
LuckyRice Epic-urean Asian Feast
Hosted by BD Wong, best known for his Law & Order SVU role. Don’t be fooled, he knows his food, too.
Tacos & Tequila
Fan-favorites tend to include themed events. This late night bash, hosted by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez, is sure to keep the food party going.
Craft Cocktails and Big Bites hosted by Anne Burrell. This rocking late night event in the Meatpacking District features female chefs and mixologists, all set to the stylish soundtrack of DJ CherishTheLuv.
Late-Night Sandwich Eggs-travaganza
Hosted by Alvin Cailin of Eggslut. The insane flavor bombs from this former food-truck-turned-instant-success-story will prove…egg-ceptional.