NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival takes place October 16-19, 2014 with more than 100 events throughout New York City. This year's program features a unique mix of tastings, seminars, intimate dinners, and late-night parties that are sure to please everyone's taste buds! The Festival remains an experience that everyone can feel good about indulging in, having raised more than $7.5 million to date for the nation's leading hunger-relief organizations Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City. With a variety of events available for $100 and under, the Festival offers first-rate wine, spirits and culinary events to fit every budget.
MasterCard® cardholders continue to enjoy exclusive presale access to all of the Festival's events through Sunday, June 22 at 11:59 PM. Other exclusive MasterCard benefits include:
- 15% discount on tickets to the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® and 15% discount on the Grand Tasting Weekend Pass.
- Complimentary MasterCard Priceless® New York Fast Pass option available for expedited entry to select premier events.
- Access to MasterCard VIP tickets, including reserved seating, early access, and exclusive purchase opportunities for certain events.
New highlights on the Festival's 2014 schedule include Hot Dog Happy Hour with Mo Rocca, Rachael Ray's Feedback™: Chefs and Cocktails, Dominique Ansel's Wonderland, New York Yankees All Star Brunch hosted by Josh Capon, Ample Hills & Brooklyn's Best Dessert Party, Down-Home Country Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood, Meatopia X: The Carnivore's Ball presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Michael Symon, and more!
For the first time this year, Festival attendees can have an upgraded experience at the Festival's signature Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® at Pier 94 via the Wine GEMS Collection Room and the Boutique Spirits Collection Room. A limited number of tickets allow access to these rooms, where guests can taste limited vintage wines and artisanal spirits from Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and Lauber Imports, and are available for a nominal fee when purchasing tickets to the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite.
The 2014 Festival features a roster of chefs traveling from all over the world, including Belgium's Kobe Desramaults, Italy's Dario Cecchini, England's Yotam Ottolenghi, Mexico's Enrique Olvera, and France's Philippe Baranes, Christophe Boucher and Gregory Marchand.
HOW: Eat. Drink. End Hunger. The public can purchase tickets beginning at 12:00 AM on Monday, June 23, 2014 online at nycwff.org or starting at 9:00 AM via telephone at 866.969.2933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT).
About the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign, with 100% of the Festival's net proceeds helping fight hunger. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. More information about the Festival can be found at www.nycwff.org.
About Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 31 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank's hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.
About No Kid Hungry
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. No Kid Hungry connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
SOURCE Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival