I recently attended my first-ever Grand Tasting at The New York Food & Wine Festival at Piers 92 and 94 even though it’s been happening for seven years now. I was expecting something like the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center, of which I am a longtime veteran. There are a lot of similarities although there are less foreign food brands than at the Fancy Food Show. Do you get as stuffed walking around and sampling from more than 100 booths? You betcha. I gained five pounds yesterday from all that feasting—plus, this year there were more than 100 types of wine to try, not to mention a lot of bourbon and rum!
Shop-Rite is the main sponsor of the event, and they had the huge booth in the middle of Pier 94 that included two dozen tastings of recipes made with some of their best-selling brands including a fantastic Thai Hot Dog made with Black Bear Hot Dogs and fantastic chopped mangos and red peppers. I fell in love with some of the packaged snacks I got to sample there including the new Fiber One Streusel Bars, Ferrero Raffaelos and the super-classic “Dixie cups” of Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Gelato.
|Array of Sakes|
|Paula Deen with Fan|
|Cooking Channel Pretzels|
|New Rum...Interesting Name!|