The festival started at noon, but we had fast pass tickets and were able to get on the expediated line to beat the rush. It was held at Pier 94. I’ve never been there, but it was a huge space. There were 2 stages where guest chefs gave demostrations and the rest of the space was filled with various food and wine vendors. There were so many different vendors offering free food and drinks that I never had to wait on line more than 10 minutes for anything.
There a were plenty of food and wine to go around! I ate everything from meatballs, porkbelly, chicken drumsticks, baked clams to cheesecakes, cookies and ice cream. They did not skimp on the portions too. Most samples were so big that it was able to satisfy both me and my mom. I was surprised by how many alcohol vendors were there. They had a seperate section for wines whiskey, gin, vodka, etc. Not to mention the cocktails were amazing! Some of the vendors included Shop Rite, David Burkes Kitchen, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, Blue Moon, and Cupcake Vineyards. I was also excited to see some Food Network chefs. Whenever we needed a break from eating, we headed to a demo. We saw Moriomoto, Rachel Ray, Tiffany Thiessen, Emeril Lagasse and Valerie Bertinelli. The morning demos had less people and we were actually able to get a seat, but the afternoon demos were packed and ended up standing or sitting on the floor. Morimoto was by far my favorite chef that I saw. He’s a really funny guy in real life. The best part was the amount of loot I was able to collect by the end of the day. They were giving out everything from samples of avocado oil to lady finger cookies to full size bottles of Kikkoman products. Would I go back again? It was definitely an amazing experience and to be able to go for free was even better. Tickets are around $200, but most of the proceeds go to the No Kid Hungry and New York City’s Food Bank. I think it’s worth the price for the amount of food, alcohol and entertainment that you get for 6 hours.