New York’s Food & Wine Festival Coming this October

The NYC Wine & Food Festival 2019 (NYCWFF) will take place at various locations between Thursday, October 10th and Sunday, October 13th. The food fest offers a huge array of fun events, spanning the gamut of cuisines and culinary and television stars.  Read on for information on some interesting events and packages available.

NYC Wine and Food Festival 2019 Highlights:

Thursday, October 10th

Marc Vetri and Michael White (7-10pm, $300)

Michael White and Marc Vetri, both James Beard Award winners and heads of acclaimed restaurants, namely New York Times three starred Marea and the Vetri Family of Restaurants, respectively.   These chefs will cook their signature Italian dishes, including hand-crafted pastas, seafood and meat dishes, along with wine pairings. Cecconi’s Dumbo at 55 Water Street


NYCWFF After Dark (Thurs – Sat, $160+)

This one looks really cool.  Several items are on offer, and if you package them through this After Dark offer, every item in the package is 15% off.  The items span from Thursday through Saturday.

On Thursday, there is José Andrés’s Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards starting at 10pm, and includes unlimited tastes of Spanish food and cocktails.

Friday includes Flashback Friday (9-11pm) hosted by Run DMC frontman Rev Run!  This is a walk-around tasting in the style of the 90’s, with unlimited wine, beer and ‘90s-inspired cocktails’, while Rev Run acts as host and DJ.  Highline Stages (440 West 15th Street).

Also an option is Tequila Cazadores with seven-time James Beard winner Rick Bayless (10-11pm), where you can enjoy tacos, side dishes, and unlimited tequila cocktails and other drinks. Takes place at SECOND (849 Sixth Avenue at West 30th Street).

Saturday night includes Rocktails drinks and hors d’oeuvres with famed chef Robert Irvine on Saturday night (8-10pm). Highline Stages (440 West 15th Street).

Tiki Showdown immediately after and into the night with Anne Burrell (10pm-1am) with tropical cocktails and dancing. SECOND (849 Sixth Avenue at West 30th Street).

Friday, October 11th

Director’s Weekend Package (Fri-Sun, $540)

If you really want to experience the range of NYCWFF larger offerings, this packages includes four major events at 25% off the price of each purchased individually – ‘Blue Moon Burger Bash’ (hosted by Food Network star Rachael Ray), ‘Farmer’s Market Brunch’ (hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian of Chopped fame), ‘Titans of BBQ’ (hosted by Dario Cecchini, Pat LaFrieda and Michael Symon), and the ‘Grand Tasting’.  

The Burger Bash (Friday, 7pm) features ‘25 of NYC’s juiciest burgers’, along with side dishes and desserts.  The burgers are then put up to a vote, both with a panel of judges, and a People’s Choice Award. Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 (57th Street)

The Farmer’s Market Brunch (Sat 11am) will include a walk-around tasting of foods with Geoffrey Zakarian and ‘hist closest NYC chef friends’, with ‘autumnal’ brunch-style foods. The Standard High Line, Biergarten & Garden Rooms (West 13th Street).

The Titans of BBQ (Sat 7pm) takes place on Hudson Yards’s Pier 97, and will include BBQ classics such as brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and ‘giant Pat LaFrieda premium steaks’. Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 (57th Street)

The Grand Tasting (Sun noon to six) spans a city block, and offers ‘food, drink, fun, and entertainment’ from restaurants around the city.  This provides a huge array of offerings including drink, food, and meeting with chefs and foodie merchandise that is best read from the source here.  Pier 94 (West 53rd Street).


Saturday, October 12th

Drag: Brunch (noon to 2pm)

An interesting Saturday morning option on the Highline is ‘Drag: Brunch’, hosted by actress Debi Mazar and costume designer Patricia Field.  This will include walk-around tastings of ‘creative brunch fare’, cocktails, and performances with ‘NYC’s most popular drag queen superstars’, including Joey Arias. Highline Stages (440 West 15th Street).

Master Class with Sullivan Street Bakery (noon to 2pm)

Want to learn how to make no-knead bread from the first recipient of the Outstanding Baker James Beard Award?  Join Jim Lahey downtown for this master class. It will end with a sampling of what you’ve made. Institute of Culinary Education (225 Liberty Street).

FIT&FEAST (Sat 9am, 1pm and Sun 10am, 1pm)

Offered at two different times on Saturday, Food Network chef Robert Irvine will host a class that includes a workout with Chef Irvine and another fitness studio founder instructor (Monique Crous at 9am, Olivia Young at 1pm), and unlimited food and drinks.  There are also two sessions on Sunday with different hosts. The Langham (400 Fifth Avenue).

Saturday is the most packed day, and has a lot of events, which you can browse here.

Sunday, October 13th

Sunday Brunch with Marc Murphy (1-4pm)

Hosted by Chopped’s Marc Murphy and “influencer power couple” Devour Power. Enjoy bottomless drinks, food from thirty NYC brunch spots, and a live DJ. Pier 97 (57th Street).

Sunday Funday Package

The Sunday Funday packages combines the previously-mentioned Sunday Brunch and Grand Tasting at 25% off, and could be a good deal for people wanting to make the most out of their Sunday.

Shchmaltzy Storytelling and Tasting (5-7pm)

This cool Sunday evening option features Jewish dishes and storytelling by journalists, chefs and “food mavens”. They’ll talk about the stories behind famous recipes as you eat them. Proceeds go to The Jewish Food Society, a non-profit. Highline Stages (440 West 15th Street)

2019’s NYC Wine and Food Festival is bound to be a fun weekend, and while prices can be a little steep, there are a range of offerings available, most with unlimited drinks and all with delicious food, if you want some special foodie experiences under your belt.  Bon Appétit!

Featured images c/o Flickr user Jack Zalium

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