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The schedule for the 2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, scheduled to take place October 17- 20, has been announced and will include appearances by celebrity chefs Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and Emeril Lagasse.
The festival, presented by Food & Wine, will benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. This year, several festival events will take place at the Hudson Hotel, including wine and pairing seminars, while Pier 94 will be the new home of the festival’s signature Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Trade Tasting, and Pier 92 will host the fest’s Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray and the Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay.
The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience isn't just a good excuse to pig out; it's also an important fundraising event for the St. Croix Foundation.
The foundation provides leadership and community development to directly serve the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Among the many organizations that benefit from the annual event are the local food service industry and the students of the St. Croix Career and Technical Educational Complex (CTEC).
If you're already in Waikiki or your are just headed to Honolulu this weekend, then we have a suggestion for you that’s a little different than Hawaii’s usual surf, sand, and sun. On Saturday the city’s main drag, Kalakaua Avenue, turns into a street scene dedicated to one of the island’s favorite foods—SPAM.
It’s time for the eleventh annual Waikiki Spam Jam, and at this point you can kind of assume that they’ve really got things figured out. Basically it’s a street festival for one and all, and plenty of the area’s best restaurants stop by to serve up spam and other canned meat delicacies. There’s a pair of stages with free entertainment and music, and of course there’s plenty of arts and crafts so that you can bring home a souvenir.
A similar event in Austin, TX
Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer has to coat his mouth with wax in order to withstand some really hot chili peppers? That should help you prep for New York City's first-ever Hot Sauce Expo, which will go down at East River Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 20.
Events during the two-day festival include a hot-sauced-laced-brownie-eating contest and a chicken cookoff. If you just want to wander around looking for trouble, there are plenty of places to buy and sample hot sauces and other spicy snacks from brands like Volcanic Peppers and Deception Salsa. The expo is also focusing on NYC-area brands like A & B American Style and Long Island's High River Sauces.
Pack your sunscreen...and a few gallons of water.
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When it comes to food and travel they pretty much go hand in hand. That’s why we took a look at some citywide food festivals taking place this month, as checking out a new place with a side of delicious is always a good option. As the weather gets warmer it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, and here are three picks to do just that this April.
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Just like the name indicates this food and wine event takes place over in Pebble Beach, California, as the chefs, cooks, and sommeliers are set to do their thing between April 4 and April 7. In total they’re offering up like 22 different wine tasting options, 8 different specialty dinners and lunches, and appearances from over 30 different chefs from around the globe.
As far as the events are concerned there are some pricier packages that include all kinds of different things, but if you are just looking to piece together your own options that’s fine too.
We found available wine and beer tasting events for as little as $100 per person, but if you’re looking for an interactive lunch or dinner—expect to shell out at least $200 per person. It might be a little bit of a splurge, but we say it’s worth it—maybe except for Guy Fieri Cooking Demonstration, as we’re pretty sure that’s available for free anytime you want over on Food Network.
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This weekend the white tents will once again line Ocean Drive as the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE descends on Miami.
The festival will take place February 21 – 24, 2013 and it features dozen of special tasting and celebrity events including Garden to Glass with Emeril Lagasse, a Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament, the Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood, and the Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, all in addition to the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village.
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Took this photo from out the window of our rental car, just driving along
Confession: I've never made gnocchi before. This likely doesn't shock you, dear reader, but for those who know I once called Rome home and extensively traveled, ate and drank my way around, it's a little "whoa." Dumping vacuum-packed bags of frozen store-bought gnocchi into a pot of boiling water is typically dinner, or was, as today I made gnocchi from scratch in the kitchen with chefs and co-owners Tyler Rodde & Curtis Di Fede of Downtown Napa restaurant Oenotri.
This is actually something Oenotri offers on the regular, hosting both gnocchi and pasta-making classes every other week for $75 per person. This week it's a little magical, however; November 14-18 is the Flavor! Napa Valley Festival, which bills itself as a "celebration of food, wine and fun." So, while Di Fede is telling a story about how they taught 'Iron Chef' Morimoto to make a proper Neapolitan pizza, Morimoto himself may be walking by outside, heading to personally shave truffles over the entrees at the Napa outpost of his eponymous restaurant empire.
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With the summer weather winding down we figured it was worth celebrating Labor Day with a bit of outdoor fun and overindulgence. The seasonal food festivals are winding down, but there are still a few worth the price of admission. Here’s our picks for a few fun Labor Day food events to close out the summer season:
Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival – Buffalo, New York
When it comes to buffalo wings the annual party up on Buffalo, New York is pretty much the granddaddy of them all. The National Buffalo Wing Festival is set to do its thing at Coca-Cola field on September 1 and 2. Events include the US wing eating championship, bobbing for wings, and of course the Miss Buffalo Wing pageant. Admission will set you back just $5 per person, and the food tickets for the chicken wings start at $1 each. Restaurants and vendors—some as far away as Georgia—will all be there preparing their crispy-skinned delicacies, so if you’re in the neighborhood this is a don’t miss event.
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There few places you can taste French crepes for lunch and, after a little stroll, delight in a Japanese bento box before finishing off with a Mexican churro for dessert. The easiest destination for such multicultural indulgence is Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando. Now, with the International Food and Wine Festival, visitors can taste even more international fare.
The festival is celebrating it's 17th birthday this year and will tickle park-goer taste buds with cuisine from 6 continents. Fill up at 29 food stalls , with tapas-size portions of national cuisine from over 20 different nations. For all you DIYers out there, chefs will even be hosting cooking demos.
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While we we've busy enjoying the warmer weather it’s been all work for those responsible for tending to this year’s blueberry crop. Thankfully things must have gone according to plan, as it’s time to harvest. Before August slips into September it’s time to celebrate blueberry season, and here’s three of the best festivals where you can do exactly that:
National Blueberry Festival – South Haven, Michigan
Running August 9-12, this festival has everything and anything involved with the berries that are little and blue. All the events go down right on the shores of Lake Michigan at the town’s Riverfront Park. Blueberry Pie Socials, Lawn Tractor Pulls, Pie Eating Contests, and a Blueberry Cookout round out the weekend’s events.
Organizers are expecting at least 40,000 hungry visitors as the event celebrates its 49th year filled with live entertainment and way too many blueberry pancakes. If you need a blueberry break—like that’s even possible—just swing by the Sand Sculpture Contest scheduled to do its thing at North Beach on Sunday afternoon.
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Nice Melons! That’s exactly what you’ll be saying later this month, as the season for watermelon food festivals is now upon us. Sure there’s plenty of fleshy fruit available all year long, but June seems to be one of the best times to participate in some seed spitting. Here’s just three picks for watermelon wonder this month:
Hampton County Watermelon Festival – Hampton County, South Carolina
South Carolina’s oldest continuing festival celebrates its 70th year this month, as locals roll the watermelons toward the fairgrounds between June 16 and June 24. There’s golf tournaments, photo contests, crafts, and of course everything has a little bit of a watermelon theme. In addition to a watermelon eating contests—and free watermelon slices—there’s also a line on the schedule known simply as “melon judging.” Just be sure to hold back on the seed spitting when royalty is present, as you know that the Watermelon Festival Queen will be making an appearance during the festival.
Watermelon Thump – Luling, Texas
Over in Texas the watermelon festival with the best name—The Thump—takes place between June 21 and June 24. Tickets will run you between $5 and $10 during certain points of the festival, but there’s plenty of chances to get in for free on June 21 and June 24 as well as on Saturday until 1pm. Seed spitting will be one of the festival’s highlights, and it should be as the town hold’s the current world record. It was set back in 1989 with a launch of almost 70-feet. Parades, live music, eating contests, and car shows will round out the weekend’s entertainment. The Thump has been doing its thing since the 1950s, so if you love some watermelon you won’t be disappointed.
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After the success of last year's Cultivate Festival, Chipotle Mexican Grill is curating two more festivals this year.
The first Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival will be held September 15 in Lincoln Park in Chicago followed by a second event on October 6 in Denver's City Park.
Both festivals will be completely free and include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs like Richard Blais, Amanda Freitag and Zak Pelacci, live music from acts including G. Love & Special Sauce and Allen Stone, an Artisans’ Tent with goods from local artists, a Tasting Tent with local beer and wine, and much more.