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Calling All Foodies: New York City Wine and Food Festival
New York City / See & Do / 29 Sep 2017
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Calling All Foodies: New York City Wine and Food Festival

New York City has long been known for its delectable cuisine, innovative cocktails and culinary talent, so it was only natural that 2007 marked the birth of a New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), hosted by the Food Network & Cooking Channel and presented by Coca-Cola. Ten years later, the festival is more popular than ever, attracting talent like Giada de Laurentii, Geoffrey Zakarian or Andrew Zimmern or Daniel Boulud , and Mario Batali, to name a few.

Founded as a one-night event by Lee Brian Schrager — who still holds the title of Festival Director as well as Senior Vice President at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits—the NYCWFF has grown to a four-day event (October 12–15 in 2017) attracting award-winning chefs, culinary personalities, entertainers, and top international wine and spirit producers. With over 500 chefs to choose from, attendees can expect to sample delectable bites and a chance to sip on beverages produced by one of the 80wine and spirit companies—selected from Southern Glazer’s portfolio.

Judges Josh Capon, Jonathan Cheban, Neil Patrick Harris, Rachael Ray, Judges Marc Murphy and David Burka with festival founder Lee Brian Schrager.
Judges Josh Capon, Jonathan Cheban, Neil Patrick Harris, Rachael Ray, Judges Marc Murphy and David Burka with festival founder Lee Brian Schrager.

But who exactly is Southern Glazer? Well, as North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor—operating in 44 of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean—you could say they hold significant clout in the beverage industry. Needless to say, this corporation has the manpower and connections to attract and successfully engage the industry’s most important players.

“The main purpose of the entire weekend is not just to eat and drink. We are raising over a million dollars to help feed people. That feeds your soul.” —Rachel Ray

Winner of the Best Dressed Bloddy Mary – Absolut Hello Sunshine on display at Best Bloody Mary Brunch
Winner of the Best Dressed Bloddy Mary – Absolut Hello Sunshine on display at Best Bloody Mary Brunch | © NYCWFF

Beyond its ability to serve world-class refreshments, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has long been recognized for its philanthropic efforts and at the NYCWFF is has harnessed the power of industry influencers to do good. Attracting more than 50,000 attendees over the four-day period, the festival turns a pretty penny. Amazingly, the NYCWFF makes sure 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign, which gives you yet another reason to go out and buy your tickets to this year’s event.