Pix from the Fringes of the New York City Wine & Food Festival
This last weekend from Thursday through Sunday, Chelsea Market was the epicenter of a welter of classes, demonstrations, personal appearances, food seminars, and frenetic promotional activities that were part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. It was sponsored by the Food Network, Food & Wine, and Travel & Leisure, in addition to dozens of subsidiary sponsors. The festival included nearly 130 events, with pricetags (for those who couldn't cadge guest-list privileges) of $10 to $500. All the predictable food personalities fell into line, from Rachel Ray to Guy Fieri, including several local chefs.
As a person who approaches such festivals with a yawn, I still got a kick out of noting the peripheral doings as I passed and repassed the festival grounds (the Meat Packing District) frequently over the long weekend. Here is my photo diary of the festival's free, non-ticketed fringes.