– Passionate Fans Enjoyed the Festival’s Return with More Than 65+ Live Events Across NYC benefiting God’s Love We Deliver and Food Bank For New York City –
The 14th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (NYCWFF) safely returned October 14–17, 2021 with more than 65+ live events across New York City. This year’s Festival drew more than 28,000 hungry attendees making it the largest scale wine and food event to return to the city since the pandemic unfolded. In line with NYCWFF’s mission to EAT. DRINK. FEED NYC. the Festival returned to raise awareness for its beneficiaries, God’s Love We Deliver, New York City’s metropolitan area’s leading provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling for individuals living with severe illness and Food Bank For New York City, the city’s largest hunger-relief organization. NYCWFF also remained steadfast in its commitment to celebrate the robust and resilient New York hospitality industry by providing a vital platform for more than 400+ participating chefs, restaurants and wine and spirit producers throughout the weekend.
For the first time ever, the signature fan-favorite tastings were anchored at the newly renovated Hudson River Park’s Pier 76 and Pier 86, home of the Intrepid Museum, both of which featured sprawling outdoor areas which set the stage for a top-tier roaster of chefs, lifestyle personalities and wine and spirits producers to showcase their skills and product.
NYCWFF’s 2021 edition included a mix of new events and returning fan-favorites with plenty of highlights throughout the weekend, and several of the participating chefs and mixologists taking home top honors from the events. On Thursday, October 14 guests casted their votes while an esteemed panel of celebrity judges including actor, singer, comedian and television host Neil Patrick Harris, chef and author David Burtka, NY Jets linebacker CJ Mosley and YouTube star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, decided whose burger reigned supreme at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray. The Blue Moon People’s Choice Award went to Mister Dips for their BBQ bacon dip and blackberry buttermilk shake, while Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer was crowned Pat LaFrieda’s 2021 NYCWFF Burger Bash® Champion by the judges.
Saturday, October 16 saw the ultimate showdown during Battle of the Boroughs: A Cocktail Showdown presented by BACARDI hosted by CNN commentator and The View on-air host Ana Navarro and cocktail-influencer Gio “Chat Chow” Gutierrez. The People’s Choice Award went to Rosa at Park from The Bronx while to the Judges Choice Award went to Coctelería Perla Negra from Manhattan.
NYC foodies also enjoyed unique one-night-only collaborations from their favorite NYC chefs in this year’s Intimate Dinner Series presented by Air France. The series featured more than 20 seated dinners held at NYC’s hottest establishments, including the God’s Love We Deliver rooftop terrace, and featured premium tasting menus paired with a variety of high-end wines and spirits from the Festival’s exclusive provider, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Participating chefs include Giada De Laurentiis, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marcus Samuelsson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael White, Melba Wilson, Chintan Pandya, Emily Yuen, Corey Chow, Laetitia Rouabah, Amanda Freitag and Stephanie Izard. Several other stand-out moments capped off the star-studded weekend, including:
To close-out the weekend, an enthusiastic crowd indulged in the ultimate Sunday Funday at Backyard BBQ presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and National Beef hosted by Andrew Zimmern featuring face-painting for kids and carnivorous creations from NYC’s most lauded pit masters.
Save the Date: The Festival will return for its 15th installment October 2022. Stay up to date by following the conversation all year long on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @NYCWFF/#NYCWFF.
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Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One is hosted by and benefits God’s Love We Deliver and Food Bank For New York City, with 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds providing critical funds for New Yorkers facing severe illness and hunger. To date, the Festival has raised more than $13.8 million for its charitable causes. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. In November 2021, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in New York for the ninth year in a row. More information on the Festival can be found at nycwff.org. Follow @NYCWFF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
God’s Love We Deliver
God’s Love We Deliver cooks and home-delivers nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Founded in 1985 as a response to the AIDS pandemic, we now serve people living with more than 200 different diagnoses. To support the health and well-being of our clients, we provide ongoing nutrition assessment, education, and counseling, and advocate for food and nutrition support. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization serving individuals living with illness, and their children and caregivers. With a community of thousands of volunteers, we home-delivered more than 2.5 million medically tailored meals to nearly 10,000 individuals last year. All services are free to clients and full of love. For more information, visit godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Food Bank For New York City
Since 1983, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provided more than 80 million free meals last year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put nearly $36 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (@FoodBank4NYC).
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information, visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.