New York Wine & Food Festival caters to foodie families with family-friendly events


Some of the best family memories involve food. Foodie families are excited for the new family-friendly events at New York Wine and Food Festival.

Food festivals are extremely popular. From the small, local events to the celebrity chef driven, nationally known productions, food festivals are huge draw for foodies, fans and even families. Until recently, many of these larger events were just for adults. New York Wine and Food Festival is embracing the foodie families with more family friendly events.

For 10 years, New York Wine and Food Festival has highlighted culinary experts, celebrity chefs and food trends at the annual event. This year, the food festival is showcasing family-friendly events. This food trend, foodie families, is on the rise.

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Appreciating good food, exploring new flavors and being food thoughtful doesn’t have an age requirement. Sometimes the youngest foodies can influence the parents in a family. From making better choices to trying new cuisines, kids are more adventurous than ever. Forget about the typical kids’ menu. Today, kids are just as likely to order ramen as they are plain buttered noodles.

At this year’s New York Wine and Food Festival, the following events are family inclusive:

"• Culinary Demonstrations Only at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations presented by Mastercard® on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15• Alfa Romeo presents Italian Harvest Party sponsored by illy caffé and Barilla hosted by Giada De Laurentiis• Family Ice Cream Fun-dae hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry• Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ presented by National Beef hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda"

Including all ages in these events shows that the culinary world is evolving. Previously a child diner at the trendy restaurant may have been frowned upon. But, now, younger kids are as culinary savvy as many adults. As long as those children are well behaved at a restaurant, why can’t they enjoy some of the best bites in the country?

Looking at many culinary television shows, kids are becoming accomplished cooks. Shows like Chopped Junior exemplify kids’ desire and skill to cook all types of ingredients. Kids have palates and those palates should be cultivated. No kid needs another plain bowl of mac n’ cheese. Give a kid, or anyone, the opportunity to cook, taste and explore new foods and flavors. The outcome might surprise even the pickiest eater.

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New York Wine and Food Festival is October 12 through 15. Tickets for the annual New York Wine and Food Festival are on sale now. Prices and availability vary depending on the event. For more information, please visit the event website.

Start making new food memories as a family. Bring the whole foodie family to the annual New York Wine and Food Festival and explore a new taste adventure.