The Stars Come Out: The New York City Wine and Food Festival [VIDEO]

by in Events, October 4th, 2011
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On a sometimes wet but beautiful fall weekend in New York City, for four days Food Network personalities traveled from far and wide for a cause: to end hunger. Now in its fourth year, this has been the focus of the New York City Wine and Food Festival, which brings together the best of the best and celebrates food in its finest forms: meatballs, burgers, fried chicken, sandwiches, tacos, desserts and more.

We caught up with Giada, Bobby, Paula, Duff, Anne, the Neelys, Marcela, Sunny, Jeff, Marc and Claire to talk about what this festival means to them, share some of their secrets and find out what they are excited about.

Two things new to the festival this year: Fried, a fried chicken face-off and the addition of milkshakes at Burger Bash. “If you’re going to have Burger Bash, you’ve got to have milkshakes, too. I’ve been coming here for years and I’ve said, ‘Where are the milkshakes?’ So I decided to make them myself,” said sweets guru, Duff Goldman.

So besides raising money to help end hunger with partners Share Our Strength and The Food Bank for New York City, Food Network stars come together to see the fans. “We get an opportunity to spend time with so many people that support us year round, and that’s pretty cool,” said Pat Neely. “These festivals give us a chance to communicate with people who watch our shows and can give us feedback,” Giada added.

In a nutshell, FN Dish editors were there to cover all of the delicious tidbits. Browse through our posts with behind-the-scenes photos and interviews you’ll only find here:

Sunny Anderson said it best: “It ain’t over until the fat lady eats the last taco, so I’m out of here!”

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Comments (5)

  1. LustyMama says:

    When most of the more well-known chefs/key people from Food Network all got together did ANYBODY mention so many complaints of Diner/Dives being shown OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER. See, how we viewers feel?????? We're getting SICK of seeing that same darn show on everytime we get a chance to actually watch TV and we have to find a different channel to watch. IT'S RIDICULOUS. I'm speaking for all the foodees here at my work (we have 200 employees) AND all the people my sister works with at the Courthouse. PLEASE take a hint and get that show off the air – or at least PLEASE limit it to once a day!!! We miss our Food Network channel!!

  2. Frances Kelly says:

    I love watching the Food Network but I do have one criticism. It is wonderful to see all the dishes these Guys make on their shows but how about making some tasteful simple down home dishes sometime and give us a break on all these fancy dishes that only celebrities and rich people eat. And by the way I happen to love Triple D.

  3. Micah says:

    .Diner/Dives is the best show yet. Appreciate the variety of great foods put out by hard working middle class small business entrepreneurs.

  4. Shirley Strawn says:

    I have become tired of the daytime shows. The same shows over and over again and the same cooks back to back. I love the network and hope we can get some new shows and starts

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