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Last Sunday on October 15th, we attended the The Grand Tasting Event at Pier 94 which was the final event of the 4 day New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF). This year they celebrated their 10th year of organizing amazing food related events in which 100% of the proceeds go straight to supporting the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Go Hungry campaign. I’ll toast to that!
NYCWFF is a foodie’s dream come to life. With over a 100 events, and demos that include world-renowned chefs, and your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel stars, it’s no wonder it has become New York’s largest food and wine festival. But all good things must come to end and the Grand Tasting was the final hooray. It’s where everyone gathers to spend a chill Sunday day drinking, nibbling, and attending cooking demos.
There’s always excitement and a sense of community at these foodie events. We are all here because we love to eat, drink and be merry. Amazing sponsors like Coca-Cola, went big with their outdoor themed backyard cook out, welcoming us with their refreshing colas and bites. ShopRite setup a massive culinary display showcasing a taste of their many quick, easy and delicious recipes. The Food Network and Cooking Channel, also had cocktails and food stations in their lounges.
With so much great food and libations, you had to pace yourself to find that dedicated balance between eating and drinking, so that you didn’t get tipsy too soon. Luckily we are pros and made sure we tried all our favorites, some newbies and saved roomed for dessert.
We really enjoyed all the beer, whisky, vodka and of course the wine. Modelo had a festive beer hut along side their Model truck which paired perfectly with their Model infused pork tacos. Blue Moon was pouring their limited edition pumpkin beer and Angry Orchard also gave us a taste of fall with their hard ciders.
I know they say “don’t mix” but… WE DID! Lol Four Roses and Markers Mark both had delicious bourbon cocktails, but Mark’s Mark won most of the whiskey lover’s hearts with special glasses hand dipped in their signature red wax for guests at their bar. Tito’s Vodka offered an adult lemon-aid cocktail and their lavish bar. If Tequila is more your style, a personal favorite of mines Espolon served theirs up with grapefruit. There was so much wine, we lost count, but trust us when we tell you the vino was flowing at every corner. We sipped on Nicolas Feuillatte, Tomaresca, Roscato, and many more.
What about the food you ask? OMG So much to try! we had everything from croquetas with pork from 809 Bar & Grill, to a signature burger in the American Airlines lounge, which is only served in first class. The pastas were pretty impressive, ravioli topped with sweet crab meat and covered in a fresh tomato sauce, and of course several chicken sliders from Harlem Shake.
We left just enough room to satisfy our sweet tooth. We started off with the Black Tap truck who was serving up Coca Cola milkshakes, then Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Slices. Rita’s Ices had pudding and we stuffed a handful of Frey’s perfectly smooth Swizz chocolate in our pockets and called it a day.
To think this was just one of the hundred events presented at the NYWFF. Don’t miss out, and pig out with us next year. It was a blast #NoRegrets.