2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

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While I’m on the topic of new companies launching, Foodbuzz has officially launched their publisher community. As you may know, they’re a community of food enthusiasts and bloggers and they also have an ad network that helps little blogs like this one pay for web hosting. Another perk of being a fea...2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

While I'm on the topic of new companies launching, Foodbuzz has officially launched their publisher community. As you may know, they're a community of food enthusiasts and bloggers and they also have an ad network that helps little blogs like this one pay for web hosting. Another perk of being a featured publisher is that they can get you press credentials to attend and cover food events. This weekend they got me into the Grand Tasting event at the NY Wine Food Festival that's put on by the Food Network.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

Chelsea Market is an old public market that's now a gourmet mecca of food.

The Wine Food Festival is a series of food related events held over several days in the Meatpacking District. The crown jewel of the festival is the Grand Tasting where dozens of restaurants, food companies and alcohol makers give you a taste of what their wares. It's all contained in a cavernous tent over the Hudson River, where thousands of press, industry folks and foodies crowd around for little (and sometimes not-so-little) bites of all kinds of deliciousness.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

The venue was a giant tent on pier over the Hudson River. The inside was literally cavernous with throngs of people swarming about.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

Tiny stuffed apples over a shot of something with bourbon in it.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

These little dumplings from Wakiya were tasty. I went back for seconds... and thirds...

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

Ceviche presented on little brick steps.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

There were literally too many boutique booze companies (I was lit before I made it half way through the tent). Variety ranged from wines to smooth vodkas like Zyr to oddities like VeeV, distilled from Acai Berries. There were these weird Evian booths stocked with water and women. The Food Network was of course on the scene taping the goings on.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

There's nothing quite like freshly sliced paper thin prosciutto

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

Every few minutes you'd hear a glass shatter followed by a round of applause... not a surprise given the amount of alcohol being consumed

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

The time flew by and it was time to go... probably a good thing considering I had to head back to work after wards.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

I snapped this one on my way back to the subway.

2008 NY Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

The E train about to whisk me back down to work.