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Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival

In 2002, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine magazine made its debut in sunny Miami. Seven years later, it’s grown into one of the largest cultural events of the year featuring the best and brightest stars of the culinary world. This coming October 9-12, festival organizer and creator Lee Brian Schrager will pay homage to one of the greatest restaurant cities in the world and bring this weekend-long extravaganza to New York City.

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs. Mirroring the charitable component of South Beach, the New York City festival will benefit the hunger relief programs Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. 100 percent of all money raised over the course of the weekend will go directly to these community based initiatives.

Taking place primarily in the fashionable Meatpacking District and select landmark settings such as the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, the festival will seamlessly integrate into the pace and lifestyle of the city. This year’s talents include Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown, Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Ferran Adria, Patrick & Gina Neely, Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson to name a few.

Here is some information on the events Rachael is hosting:

Burger Bash

When everybody’s favorite cook-next-door helped debut the annual Burger Bash at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in 2007, even folks who normally count calories couldn’t wait for the grills to get fired up. Now Rachael Ray brings the hugely popular, good-natured competition to the Northeast by inviting New York’s most famous (and some not-so-famous) burger barons to show their stuff in Brooklyn at the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park. With beef the ingredient of choice – but keep your eyes peeled for the few who stray, invariably with great results – America’s favorite sandwich will take on a host of guises as variations in seasonings and toppings together determine which creation ultimately wins the tasters’ choice award. You be the judge! Pair your favorite burgers with the beers of Blue Moon, and indulge your sweet tooth in the Godiva Dessert Lounge.

Kidz Kitchen

It’s never too early to learn the art and science of cooking. And leave it to the Food Network chefs to make the experience a fun one for kids. These exuberant cooks all credit Mom for piquing their culinary interests – and now they aim to do the same for your child. The New York Wine & Food Festival offers cooking demonstrations appropriate for the youngest members of the family with hopes that some basic instructions from some big-name cooks pays huge dividends later on. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your little ones started on the path to self-sufficiency in the kitchen.

Children under 5 years of age not recommended and children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 and over). Adults (18 and over) must be accompanied by a child.

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