Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

What is NYCWFF?

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) is a star-studded, four-day event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, culinary personalities and America’s most beloved television chefs while fighting to end hunger. Considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City with more than 80 events, NYCWFF is widely recognized for its tasting events that celebrate America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-famous chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more.

What charities does NYCWFF support?

100% of the net proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City.

What are the dates of the 2018 Festival?

NYCWFF 2018 will be held on October 11-14, 2018. To receive the most up-to-date information on this year’s Festival and future dates, click here to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!

Where does NYCWFF take place?

NYCWFF consists of over 80 different events in New York City. Our events are located all throughout Manhattan in many quintessential event locations. Our Culinary Campus located at Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River is home to NYCWFF’s signature Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Culinary Demonstrations as well as our not-to-be-missed rooftop walk-around tasting events.

What happens in the case of bad weather?

While many of our events are indoors, those that are outdoors will happen rain or shine! All tickets are non-refundable.

Is there a dress code?

As a general guideline, we suggest “smart casual” attire for our events. For our dinner series, we suggest cocktail attire, though “smart casual” is also acceptable.

Please refer to the specific event page for more details. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes when attending our larger events.

What items are prohibited from the events?

Security will check all bags at the entrance of all events. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: outside food and beverages, drugs, weapons, backpacks, large bags and suitcases.

Is NYCWFF ADA accessible?

Yes. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact 646-213-5401 or info@nycwff.org at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call the box office at (800) 764-8773 to purchase tickets.

Is NYCWFF able to accommodate my dietary restrictions?

We cannot guarantee that participating chefs and restaurants will prepare dishes without common allergens, including nuts, dairy, gluten, etc. Additionally, not all events will have vegetarian options available. It’s important to always ask the chef whether or not certain allergens or food items are in the dishes you are going to consume, as well as consulting the tabletop menus.

Are NYCWFF tickets tax deductible?

The tax deductible amount of your ticket purchase is limited to the excess of the amount contributed over the fair market value of the ticket less any fees paid. You should work with your tax professional to determine the tax deductible amount (if any).

Tickets & Events

When will NYCWFF tickets go on sale?

The Capital One Pre-Sale, offered exclusively to Capital One cardholders, begins on June 18, 2018. General tickets are on sale starting June 25, 2018.

How much are tickets to NYCWFF?

Our tickets range from $25-$400 and ticket prices vary depending on the type of event you choose to attend. We also offer several different ticket packages, each including a unique selection of events. More information about ticket packages can be found here.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Tickets cannot be purchased at the door at any NYCWFF event. However, during the week of the Festival, you will be able to continue to purchase tickets online or through our Box Office located outside of Pier 94 (at 55th Street and the West Side Highway). Box Office hours and dates will be posted closer to NYCWFF. Events do sell out quickly, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early!

Are there wait lists for sold-out events?

Unfortunately, we are unable to create a waitlist for any of our events.

What is NYCWFF’s refund policy?

All ticket purchases are final.

Do I have to pay for food and drinks once I’m inside the event?

No, your ticket covers all food and beverage consumed at the event. Just bring your appetite and enjoy!

Can I bring my child?

The full list of family-friendly events can be found here. Most NYCWFF events require that guests are 21 or older, unless otherwise stated on the event page.

Do I need a special entry ticket to the book signings?

Book signings mostly take place within NYCWFF’s Grand Tasting event at Pier 94, which requires a ticket for entry. Click here to purchase your ticket to the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite and take home a signed copy of one of your favorite cookbooks!

Where do I exchange my ticket for a wristband?

Tickets are scanned and taken at the door in exchange for a wristband. If you are unsure about which line you should go through, please ask one of our volunteers.

Travel & Lodging

Where should I stay?

NYCWFF offers special rates at a selection of terrific NYC hotels. Hudson Hotel is the official Headquarter Hotel of NYCWFF which is located at 356 West 58th Street and a quick, 15-minute walk to NYCWFF’s Culinary Campus at Piers 92 and 94. To take advantage of special NYCWFF rates, we are pleased to offer our guests access to the NYCWFF travel agent, Carol Press of ProTravel. Please contact Carol at 786-206-2717 to book your stay. Click here to visit the full listing of hotels.

Where can I park? Are there discounts for festival vendors at any near-by parking lots?

There are a few parking options near NYCWFF’s Culinary Campus at Piers 92 and 94. Unfortunately, we do not offer any discounts at any of these locations.

  • Rapid Park, W 55th St btw 9th & 10th Aves
  • GMC Parking, W 45th St btw 10th & 11th Aves
  • Central Parking, 57th St at 11th Ave

Which airport should I fly into for the festival?

Public transportation to the city is available to and from JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports. We suggest picking the airport that is most convenient for you. Rates for NYCWFF’s exclusive airline, American Airlines, can also be found here.

Sponsorship

How can I find out more about becoming a sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page and contact Jackie Eisen Nathan for more details.

Getting Involved

How can I find out more about exhibiting my product at NYCWFF?

To find out more about becoming an exhibitor, please contact John Lollo  jlollo@nycwff.org.

How can I find out more about becoming a vendor at NYCWFF?

NYCWFF has a preferred list of vendors for all of our events. If you have a unique service, please send a brief description of your company as well as any additional materials to info@nycwff.org.

Can press attend events?

Yes, absolutely! To request credentials please submit here. For any questions on press access, please contact Devonie Nicholas (DNicholas@sgws.com / 305.627.1135).

I’m interested in participating as a chef. Who do I contact?

Thank you for considering participation in NYCWFF! We receive hundreds of requests every year and we do our best to consider every one. Please contact us at info@nycwff.org to inquire.

Can I volunteer at NYCWFF?

Yes! NYCWFF is always looking for volunteers to assist in setup, checking in guests, passing out materials, giving directions, ticketing and other event support tasks. We also look for experienced culinary volunteers to support our participating chefs. Click here for more information about volunteering.

Be In the Know!

What is the best way to receive information about the Festival?

Sign up for our newsletter here and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Is NYCWFF on social media? How can I contribute?

NYCWFF has a very active and exciting social media campaign and we love participation! Follow us to get the inside scoop about your favorite events, chefs and culinary personalities. Keep an eye out for special chances to win tickets and during NYCWFF, don’t forget to tag all of your photos with #NYCWFF to join the conversation. Your photo just might be shared on our pages!

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Please send all other questions and inquiries to info@nycwff.org.

Thank you for your support in helping us Eat. Drink. End Hunger!