This year NYC will host the ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival, also called the NYCWFF. The event will return to New York on October 13th and run through October 16th, with events being held throughout the city and its boroughs.
With more than 90 events taking place around the city, the NYCWFF will offer lifestyle experiences, classes, eateries and shopping with the mantra “Eat. Drink. End Hunger”. To date, the Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to help 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 Festival’s MasterCard exclusive pre-sale runs June 13th through the 26th, available online at nycwff.org or by calling 866.969.2933. Use MasterCard to purchase tickets before they’re available to the public on June 27 and select exclusive MasterCard cardholder options like MasterCard Preview, MasterCard Demo Pass, MasterCard Fast Pass, MasterCard Exclusive events, and enjoy a 15% discount on Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite featuring Samsung Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard.
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.
More inaugural events at NYCWFF this year include:
Chelsea Market Live hosted by Haylie Duff, Tia Mowry & Tiffani Thiessen
Aperitivo! hosted by Anne Burrell part of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines
Haute Dogs & Champagne hosted by Robert Irvine
A star-studded interactive trivia event, Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri
Harvest Party hosted by Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid part of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines
Porchetta, Pigs & Pints hosted by Mario Batali part of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines
Street Eats part of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines
KOREATOWN sponsored by the Korean Food Foundation hosted by Deuki Hong & Matt Rodbard
MasterCard Exclusive – Midnight in Paris Dessert Tasting hosted by Dominque Ansel
MasterCard Exclusive – Variety presents Broadway Tastes hosted by David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris
Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern
More events will be added this year as well, so fans should keep an eye on the official site.
The Festival’s Bank of America Dinner Series featuring world-renowned chefs also returns this year with a new collaboration with Chef’s Club. The 2016 series includes a Kosher dinner with Elior Bilbul, Eden Grinshpan, Amitzur Mor, and Yehuda Sichel, a celebration of Blackberry Farm’s Sam Beall, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s family affair, a dock-to-dish evening with Michael Chernow and Kristen Kish, and many more.
Additional fan-favorite events returning to the Festival include:
MasterCard Exclusive – Tacos & Tequila hosted by Aarón Sánchez
FOODi: Food, Business & Technology
Rock & Roll Sushi hosted by Masaharu Morimoto
Greenmarket Brunch presented by Lifeway Foods hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian part of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines presents New York Yankees Pinstripe Brunch hosted by Josh Capon
Midnight Jazz Breakfast hosted by Carla Hall & Patti LaBelle
Anolon Gourmet Cookware’s Artisanal Cooking Series at Home Studios
Unique Master Classes on niche subjects at the Institute of Culinary Education
Between NYCWFF and its sister 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.