A Guide to NYCWFF, New York’s Biggest Charity Food Event: Can’t-Miss Events With Alessia Cara & More


The 2019 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off this Thursday (Oct. 10).

While the fest is mainly wine and food-focused, there are a few key entertainment-adjacent events that you won’t want to miss. Attendees can look out for appearances from Alessia Cara, Action Bronson, Randy Rainbow, and even live Broadway cast performances. "Food and music are things that bring people together," festival founder and director Lee Schrager tells Billboard by email. "It’s about creating a highly-curated 360-experience for our fans that engages all of their senses."

And as always, it’s for a good cause — all of the net proceeds go to the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry® campaign. 

Get remaining tix for NYCWFF here, and check out Billboard’s picks for the weekend’s best events below.

Elvis Duran's Taste of New York presented by INTRINSIC Wine Co. 

When: Thursday, October 10

What's Happening: Join radio show host Elvis Duran to celebrate his new book Where Do I Begin?: Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud, and try dishes from 25 popular New York City restaurants at this walk-around tasting event. Plus, Alessia Cara appears.

Who’s There: Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show crew, singer-songwriter Alessia Cara

What to Eat: El Vez NYC, Quality Italian, American Cut

Dinner with Action Bronson, Michael Voltaggio and Jonathan Waxman

When: Saturday, October 12

What's Happening: Barbuto's Jonathan Waxman teams with Top Chef Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio and rapper/culinary personality Action Bronson for a seated dinner.

Who’s There: Action Bronson, Michael Voltaggio, Jonathan Waxman, Fabio Bano

What to Eat: Everything

Four Roses Bourbon’s Broadway Tastes presented by iHeartRadio Broadway

When: Sunday, October 13

What's Happening: Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman and special guest Randy Rainbow will host and celebrate the best of Broadway, as casts from the shows Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls and Tootsie perform.

Who’s There: Alex Brightman, Randy Rainbow

What to Eat: Breads Bakery, Motel Morris, High Street on Hudson

Sunday Brunch with the cast of Chopped

When: Sunday, October 13

What's Happening: Try NYC’s best brunch offerings with Chopped stars like Ted Allen, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan at this walk-around tasting event.

Who’s There: Ted Allen, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy + Devour Power, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, musicians Sundub and Joana Teters

What to Eat: The Wilson, San Matteo, Queens Comfort, Ess-a-bagel