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Happenings on the Hudson: 2023 New York Food and Wine Festival

Celebrating its sweet 16th year, foodies from all over the world will soon be converging upon the Big Apple to get a taste of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, running from October 12th to the 15th. Featuring 80 events, from walk-around tastings to after-dark parties, more than 500 chefs from all over the world, including Food Network stars like Rachael Ray, Carla Hall, and Duff Goldman, will be on hand for this gastronomical celebration of all things food.

Attendees can feast upon sweet and savory delights from burgers to baklava, tiramisu to tacos, and ceviche to sashimi, with international offerings from Cajun to Cantonese, Mexican to Middle-Eastern, Indian to Israeli, and Peruvian to Polish.

Whether you’re looking to attend a master baking class with Natasha Pickowicz, take a culinary trip through Little Italy, or enjoy performances by Grammy-winning hip hop stars Rev Run and Ice-T, there will be 4 days and nights jam-packed with food and beverage-centric events.

Pier 86, Home of the Intrepid Museum, will once again be home to the Festival’s signature pier parties such as:

  • Peroni’s Taste of Italy: Thursday, October 12

  • Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray: Friday, October 13

  • Tacos & Tequila hosted by the cast of “The Kitchen”: Saturday, October 14

  • The Cookout: Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary Celebration featuring Ice-T, Tamron Hall & Angela Yee: Sunday, October 15

Peroni's Taste of Italy, Hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Gabriele Bertaccini

When: Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

To kick off the Pier 86 event series, Food Network top chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Gabriele Bertaccini, will host an Italian feast on the Hudson. The pier will be transformed into Little Italy, with offerings from up and down the boot, from risotto to ribollita, pasta to pesto, cannelloni to carbonara, and lasagna to linguini. Attendees can wash it all down with decadent desserts, wine, beer, and Italian-themed cocktails.

The Cookout: Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Where: Pier 86

When: Sunday, October 15

An homage to Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary, the Cookout blends New York’s most ingenious chefs conjuring their signature dishes with performances from the genre's most iconic figures, like Grammy-winning hip hop stars Rev Run and Ice-T.

Blue Moon Burger Bash, Hosted by Rachel Ray

Where: Pier 86

When: October 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

New York City’s most famous burger battle, where beef and buns come together to create a mouthwatering night of burger-eating fun. continues in 2023. In its 16th year, this burger extravaganza is one of the most popular events at the Festival, with chefs from across the 5 boroughs competing to be this year’s hamburger heavyweight.

Hosted by award-winning Food Network star, Rachael Ray, the event brings burger lovers together to enjoy live music, refreshing beer, and skyline views. with over 25 of New York City's burger haunt favorites, classic sides, and refreshing Blue Moon beer, wine and spirits.

Celebrity judges on hand will include Luann de Lesseps, Jessica Hircsh, Nadia Carerina Munno, Dan Pelosi, and Eric Sedño.

Tacos & Tequila, Hosted By 'The Kitchen'

Where: Pier 86

When: October 15, 7 pm

Hosted by the cast of the Food Network's "The Kitchen," including Katie Lee Biegel, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian, with special appearances by "Breaking Bad" stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, Tacos & Tequila is an event for anyone who loves delicious Mexican food, refreshing tequilas, and fabulous views of the Hudson.

From birria to barbacoa, gourmet food offerings will feature freshly made tortillas packed with traditional and innovative ingredients. To wash down all of the delicious food, there will be a wide selection of spirits and Latin-inspired sweet treats.

Latin Nights on Harbor NYC Rooftop

Where: Harbor NYC Rooftop

When: Saturday, October 14, 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM

For the first time ever, NYCWFF will present Latin Nights on the Harbor NYC Rooftop for a night of snacking and salsa. Hosted by he View's Ana Navarro and Franco Noriega, the 'Naked Peruvian Chef,' it promises to be an unforgettable night of delicious Latin cocktails, pan-Latin cuisine, and spicy Latin tunes.

Set against the stunning views of multi-floor Harbor NYC, the high-energy event will also feature a lineup of the city's best DJs spinning the hottest Latin tunes, from reggaeton to salsa and merengue to bachata.

More Events to Savor

Dinner, Hosted by Alain Allegretti and Akhtar Nawab

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Kosher Dinner hosted by Adeena Sussman, Chanie Apfelbaum and Michael Sullivan

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Best of Brooklyn hosted by Brian Lindo of @BrianCantStopEating

Thursday, October 12, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Spritz Society’s Disco & Drinks

Friday, October 13, 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM

FoodieCon® presented by Instagram

Saturday, October 14, 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Lunch hosted by Daniel Boulud and Lior Lev Sercarz

Saturday, October 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A Night at the Races, Hosted by Andrew Zimmern

Saturday, October 14, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Unapologetic Food Experience Dinner

Saturday, October 14, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Baking Master Class, Hosted by Natasha Pickowicz

Sunday, October 15, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Baking Championship: Fall Flavors, Hosted by Duff Goldman and Carla Hall

Saturday, October 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Demo & Dine hosted by Rocco DiSpirito

Sunday, October 15, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The annual event, which turns Hudson River Park into a gastronomical wonderland, donates all proceeds to God's Love We Deliver, a non profit organization that provides life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for those facing serious health challenges. To date, the Festival has raised more than $14 million.

Just pack comfortable shoes and your appetite and visit the 2023 New York Food & Wine Festival, running from October 12 to 15. Purchase tickets here.

By Eileen Strauss


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