Hear the words “food festival” and usually the image that comes to mind is that of gluttony: people indulging in sumptuous feasts, drinking wine from elaborate goblets, basically a bacchanalian free-for-all. Or, maybe the picture those words paint is one of wealth and privilege: entry to many of the more famous food fests comes with a hefty price tag. What you probably don’t envision is 100% of proceeds—upwards of $1 million—going to charity. In fact, that’s exactly what New York City Wine & Food Festival is all about.
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The Intimate Dinners are typically pricier than the walk-around tastings, but you’ll know it was worth it when you’re clinking glasses with the culinary elite, eating food prepared by some of the food world’s biggest and brightest.
Go out in grand style
The Grand Tasting is the festival’s signature event. A ticket gets you a full day of eating and drinking your way around the venue, with demonstrations and book signings by celebrity chefs like Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Masaharu Morimoto.