NYC Wine + Food Festival

Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Friday already? This week has gone by, but it’s been a good week, one I’ve fully taken advantage of. Aside from my father’s birthday present, a concert Sunday evening to see his favorite fado singer, this weekend will be mostly low-key, but last week was exciting when J and I were lucky enough to attend the New York City Wine and Food Festival. We were generously given tickets for the Grand Tasting hosted by J’s job, ShopRite. This event was one of the largest this past Sunday, showcasing a variety of food and drink vendors, restaurants, and two demo kitchens with rotating celebrity chefs. I’ve been wanting to attend the show for a long time now, so I was quite excited to take part in this must-do culinary experience. There were some really delicious wines to be tried, and I even found my new favorite. Here are some shots taken at this year’s NYC festival…

Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Swordfish ceviche cups greeted us as we entered the show, along with a Mezcal Mojito showcasing the delicious flavors of Mexico.  Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Yes, this entire wall was real and so fragrant. It was nestled with greens, peppers, and herbs.  Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Beautiful copper distiller at the Tito’s Vodka booth. I especially loved their Pumpkin Dude cocktail, it’s a perfect one for fall, can’t wait to try the recipe myself. 
Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Plated brought a vintage trailer for their booth, and it was one of my favorites. I love when companies go outside the box of traditional trade show booths to create spaces that truly reflect their brand. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Another favorite booth of mine was Larceny Bourbon’s, those statement light fixtures stood out amongst the rest. Their bourbon was a treat too. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Octopus dishes ready to be eaten. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Wines of Portugal had a booth, naturally we had to stop by. Our favorite was the Casa Passarela from my region in Portugal. 
Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Pretty autumn display at Morrison’s booth, along with their delicious seasonal salad. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival J’s favorite beer is Samuel Adams, so naturally we lounged in their booth for some time, and even came back home with this large stein. Walking the streets of NYC and riding the trains home with this piece was an instant conversation starter. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival My dad and I love Andrew Zimmern and his food travels, of course especially when they are to Portugal, so it was great to see him talking about his favorite cuisines, and  demoing traditional Mexican salsas. He was so great, really one of my favorite chefs. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival I had to watch the original cakes guy, Duff Goldman of Charm City cakes. He was a big influence when I was going to culinary school, and it was great to meet and watch him demonstrate basic cookie recipes. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Rosa Mexicano had an elaborate spread, where they were serving homemade tortillas with varying salsas, and tacos made to order. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival  For all of you Cupcake Wars fans, judge and pastry chef Florian Bellanger was there with his delightful chocolate confections from Mad Mac. They were almost too pretty too eat!Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Hands down the best wine I drank at the show, this has easily become my new favorite white wine. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival Yes, this picture totally happened. J, a huge fan of Entourage, was stopped dead in his tracks when he spotted Debi Mazar and her husband as she was leaving her book signing. We still think we wouldn’t have gotten this shot if it wasn’t for this larger-than-life stein. Tasting NYC: NYC Wine + Food Festival It was a blistering cold day in NYC, especially alongside the Hudson River, but I did manage to take my hands out of my pockets to snap a photo of these beautiful church arches.NYC Wine + Food FestivalThe NYCWFF gives a great goodie bag, I won’t deny that there are a few items missing but seriously the wine glass neck holder was the best.


One thought on “NYC Wine + Food Festival

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s