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Jun 17, 2008 07:42 AM

New York Food & Wine Festival

I don't believe I've seen any discussion going on here about the upcoming Food & Wine Festival (offshoot of the SoBe version). Tickets went on sale Monday, I picked up pairs for the Friday Night 'Meatpacking Uncorked' tasting event, as well as the NY Times Talks with Anthony Bourdain and Ferran Adria (!!) on Saturday. Anyone else going to any of the events?

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  1. Looks like you got tickets to the only events worth attending.

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    1. re: il Trifulau

      That whole weekend was SUCH a back slapping self congratulatory cluster you-know- what. It was heinous. Conversely, the Gourmet Institute last week was amazing; it was the real thing.

    2. I saw a special on the food network of some festival in Florida where the chefs were up on stage doing cooking demonstrations. Is there anything like this here?

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      1. re: QueenPeach

        Here's the link.

        It is partly sponsored by Food Network. So it may be similar to what you're talking about.

        Luckily, I purchased tickets yesterday for the Bourdain and Adria event. They were the first ones to be sold out. Had no idea that they were going to be that popular. If I knew, I would have purchased a whole bunch and have scalped them. ; ) Surprisingly, both the Guy Fieri ones are sold out as well.

        Most of the events really don't look worth going to. $200 for a burger bash hosted by Rachel Ray?!?!??!

        1. re: Miss Needle

          I also snagged a ticket to the bourdain and adria event, but was really struggling with justifying the costs of the other events to myself. Everything is so expensive, at least the events of interest. I thought about the midnight tour of chelsea market, but I'm not a huge Bobby Flay fan.

          1. re: ginsbera

            Luckily the Bourdain/Adria tickets were only $30 each. The Adour tour looked pretty interesting. But there's no way I'm going to spend $750+ for it.

            And I also don't like Bobby Flay. Funny thing is that I've ran into him many times -- and not always in NYC.

        1. re: attractivekid

          I've been eying that one for several years. But it comes with a pretty steep price tag. $1395 a person, to be exact

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Miss N.... I went to the Gourmet Institute the first year, and I really thought it was worth the price. The seminars were excellent, with unique presenters, and the eating events were fabulous. The goodie bag they gave out was worth several hundred dollars, on its own... price has gone up $400 since that first time

            1. re: ChefJune

              ChefJune, it sounds fabulous. How wonderful that you got to experience it! There are quite a few seminars I would love to hit. But it's just too pricey for me at this point. I remember spending about that amount of money for lunch for two at L'Arpege and telling myself that it was going to be once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will probably treat this the same way. Maybe another time in the future, but not this year.

          2. re: attractivekid

            Which ones are tasting events? Descriptions don't seem too specific for some of them.

          3. If you are looking for value, the TastingsNYC event at Pier94, 11/7-9, is only $100 and includes chef demo's, wine tasting, restaurant tastings, a pan asian pavilion, plus several other specialty pavilions. The ticket also provides access to the International Chocolate Show. Website is

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            1. re: foodie2424

              Is this related to that terrible gourmet food festival one or two years ago at Pier 94?

              1. re: Miss Needle

                This is a new event for NY, it is the same thing as the highly regarded South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

                1. re: fishermb

                  I was talking about the Pier 94 event, not the NY Food and Wine festival.

            2. I also got tickets to Bourdain/Adria. I'm pondering one of the cheaper tasting events...