NYCWFF Grand Tasting 2011

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Just when you thought the Food Network Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting couldn't get any grander... IT DID! Big tent, big stars from the Food Network and people with big appetites took over Pier 57 for the Grand Tasting. There was plenty of cooking, eating and drinking, which means there was a lot of learning, chewing and slurping going on.

For the first time the festival decided to make the Grand Tasting a full day event. That meant more eating, more drinking, more bang for you buck! Food Network celebrity chefs where all under the big tent at Pier 57 holding cooking demonstrations at the Kithen Aid stage rather than at solo ticketed cooking demonstrations as in years prior. Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, Ming Tsai.... Everybody was there, it was a great!

There was copius amounts of wine vendors pouring until your hearts contents and of course some of the best restaurants of New York City available to give you a taste from their talented chefs and kitchens. Sponcers such as Buick, Delta, Buitoni and Shoprite had lavish displays where you could relax, get free wifi, get a drink, celebrity cookbook signings, even silly dress up  character pictures or just pose on a Vespa with your very own Italiana!

Grand Tasting was on Saturday and Sunday and can be summed up with one word... Sample!  Attendees got to sample everything! Sample some great wine, sample some great NYC restaurants, sample some great food products and even take home some samples too! Thank goodness you get a nifty gift bag to carry it all in, which already comes filled with goodies like Barilla pasta, Colavita olive oil, chicken stock, Badia spices, even a wooden spoon. Phew... what a fun day!

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