|By JULIETTE ROSSANT |
There is one very important reason to attend the 2008 Food Network Wine and Food Festival presented by Food & Wine Magazine. It will benefit the hunger-relief programs Food Bank for New York City and Share our Strength. If you are a big fan of FN stars and haven't yet dined at the multitude of restaurants in New York City's Meat Packing District, then here is your chance to sample and try to rub shoulders with the stars. But you'll have to wait until Columbus Day weekend, October 10 – 12, 2008.
What is the festival all about?
The weekend kicks-off Friday evening with Meatpacking Uncorked, a neighborhood block party featuring the area’s great restaurants, retailers and live entertainment. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can sample delicacies from their favorite New York City restaurants as well as wines and spirits at the Grand Tasting on Pier 54. In addition, culinary demonstrations, wine seminars, book signings and opportunities to meet renowned food personalities will take place throughout the neighborhood. Building upon the success of 2007, the festival will also include the tradition of SWEET presented by Ferrero Rocher on Saturday night which showcases delicious creations by select Food Network stars and New York City’s pastry chefs, chocolatiers, bakers, confectioners and cheese makers.Let's hope non-stars are celebrated and local restaurants are filled along with celebrity chef locations. It's these smaller restaurants that need the hype of yet another food and wine festival.
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