After a two-year hiatus, the New York City Wine & Food Festival is set to return to the Big Apple from October 14 to October 17, 2021. The four-day extravaganza is considered the largest of its kind in the five boroughs, including extensive walking tours , chef-hosted dinners, culinary demonstrations and more. In total, this year’s iteration will include over 65 events spread across the city.
Highlights from the recently released show show include the ever-popular Blue Moon Burger Bash, which this year hosted Rachael Ray at Pier 86; Drag Brunch emceed by chef and author of cookbooks David Burtka, and his husband, five-time Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris; and of course Grand Tasting — which features a global assortment of freshly made chunks paired with world-class wine, beer and spirits. It all unfolds under the shadows of the Manhattan skyline at Hudson River Parks Pier 76.
Part of the proceeds from the festival will benefit famine relief organizations in New York. To date, the “NYCWFF” has raised nearly $ 14 million for such causes. To learn more about this year’s tour, Forbes teamed up with the festival’s founder Lee Brian Schrager for an exclusive example. His quotes are included below.
Give us an overview of the New York Wine & Food Festival. How has it evolved over the years?
Our goal has always been to serve as a platform that reinforces and connects faces and voices in the hospitality industry directly with fans. Over the years, we have evolved from a smaller, more intimate affair to a festival that curates events throughout the city and attracts fans from across the country. We now offer experiential tastings, intimate collaborative dinners for one night, culinary demonstrations from Food Network and Cooking Channel talents, practical master classes and more.
How does it feel to be back alive, for the first time in two years?
We are excited to be back live and in person. We have put together a robust series of events that have something for everyone. Those looking for a larger event-walk-style event will enjoy our pier parties featuring two expansive outdoor tastings at Hudson River Parks Pier 76 and Pier 86, home of the Intrepid Museum — two new venues for us in year.
Something you are especially looking forward to?
I’m especially excited about Goldbelly’s Best of New York, hosted by Joe Ariel and Rev Run. This event will celebrate the most typical NYC foods from the city’s most coveted restaurants and will truly be a celebration of the triumphant NYC dining room.
What about people who want to avoid large crowds?
Those looking for a more intimate affair can make room for one of our 20 plus dinners, which will see collaboration between Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael White, Giada De Laurentiis and Enrique Olvera, Melba Wilson and Michael Lomonaco, Amanda Friday, Brook Williamson and Stephanie Izard and many others.
Talk more about the charitable part of this festival.
With food security at a very high point, the festival’s mission is more important than ever to “Eat. Drinking. Feed NYC, ”with all proceeds benefiting We deliver the love of God and Food Bank for New York City. While the Food Bank for New York City has been a recipient for a long time, this is the first year the festival has benefited from God’s love, we deliver the metropolitan area’s leading provider of medically tailored meals and nutritional counseling for people living with serious illness. .
We also see the festival as equally important to the hospitality industry, as its mission has always been to celebrate the robust and resilient restaurant scene in New York City, while providing a platform for all attendees to promote their business – something we think is more important than just as New York City continues to wake up again.
What do you do to ensure the safety of your guests in the middle of COVID?
The safety of our participating restaurants, staff and guests is our first priority. We will now require proof of vaccination to access one of the 65 plus events during the four days. In May of this year, the NYCWFF’s sister event, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival returned and marked the first wine and food festival that took place since the beginning of the pandemic. We presented a wide range of health and safety protocols there that proved to be successful, and we take many of the same precautions in New York, if not more.
A complete list of events – along with tickets – is now available at nycwff.org.