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2014 New York City Wine and Food Festival

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This weekend marked the 2014 New York City Wine and Food Festival.  It was four delicious days filled with top chefs, delectable cuisine, and bottomless drinks.  With a festival this big, it is easy to get overwhelmed!  That’s why I have assembled my top 10 tips for navigating a food and wine fest.

Let’s get this party started…cheers!

Keep reading for the inside scoop…

1)  Divise a Strategy

The “Grand Tasting” is a warehouse-sized event with booth after booth of food, beverages, and celebrity sightings.  As you can see, it is easy to get overwhelmed in this gargantuan space.

My recommendation – when you walk in the doors, immediately head to the back of the venue first and work your way to the front.  The lines will be shorter and you won’t get caught up in the crowd.

2)  Sample the Best First

There are so many wines and spirits to be sampled, it is nearly impossible to taste them all.  As part of your strategy, be sure to sip the best first!  You palate will be fresh and you will enjoy it so much more.  A couple of hours in to the event, you might start getting a bit foggy.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I kicked off the day with my favorite Prosecco from Zonin.  Such a wonderful way to toast the beginning of a fun event!

Next, I moved on to one of my favorite wineries from Chile, Santa Rita.  I really enjoyed their Pinot Noir.

3)  The Swag Bag

The gift bags at these events are serious business.  Each guest receives only one (don’t even think about trying to snag a second one!) and it is overflowing with samples and goodies.  Keep the bag with you as you wander around the event.  There will likely be more samples and prizes at booths that you can add to the stash.

4)  Selfies with Celebs

One of the most exciting parts of these events is the opportunity to meet your favorite celebrity chefs and television stars.  I had the pleasure of snapping a selfie with Sunny Anderson.  She is always so sweet!  In fact, she teamed up with Extended Stay America, and for every selfie a festival goer posted with the hashtag #cookwithESA they donated even more money to No Kid Hungry!

5)  Tips from the Stars

Not only can you meet the stars, you can learn their culinary tips and tricks right there on stage!  Every hour there is someone new up there demonstrating recipes.  I stopped by and spotted Martha Stewart!

6)  Pick up Recipes

It’s easy to come home not only with a full belly, but also a ton of new recipes for your recipe box.  My absolute favorite bite of the entire festival was at the Jets + Chefs Tailgate event.  These Korean Chili Hot Dogs were simply outstanding.  Luckily, the chefs at Spice Market were nice enough to share the recipe!


7)  Buy Souveniers

Every year I can’t wait to stop by the Flavour Gallery booth.  They create the cutest foodie t-shirts and sweatshirts you will ever see!  Not to mention they are soft, cozy and stylish.  This year I bought two…I just couldn’t help myself!

8)  Bang for your Buck

In any other situation wearing a wine glass round your neck would signal a problem.   Here at the Wine and Food Fest it is the solution!  It keeps your hands free while keeping track of your glass.  These tickets don’t come cheap – use all the tools at your disposal and enjoy every drop!

9)  Get Home Safely

Don’t even think about driving home after an event like this!  It’s New York – hop in a cab or call Uber.  They even provided a coupon in the swag bag for your first ride free!

10)  Remember Why You Are There

In the end, all of these dinners, tastings, celebrations and events are for a purpose.   All of the profits benefit No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank of New York City.  There are many volunteers on hand to tell you more about these wonderful charities and how you can get involved!



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