Though we’re mere days into the official summer season, believe it or not, it’s time to think ahead to fall. Every October, the New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola comes to the Big Apple and hosts a weekend-long eating and drinking extravaganza, complete with chef demos, sit-down dinners, walk-around tastings, and plenty of opportunities to meet and greet your favorite Food Network stars.
This year’s 10th anniversary celebration is set for October 12 through October 15, and the events are slated to be bigger and better than ever. The cast of Chopped is kicking off the festival with a rooftop Smorgasburg event on Thursday, Oct. 12, while the Blue Moon Burger Bash, a longtime favorite event hosted by Rachael Ray, will take place on Friday night atop a Midtown Manhattan rooftop as well. On the weekend, it’s all about wake-up-worthy brunches, back-to-back Grand Tastings, featuring demos from chefs like Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, and late-night soirees under the stars.