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The Best Food Festivals in New York City


This, with no doubt, is the ultimate treat for a foodie. Here are the top 5 food festivals you do not want to miss. Make yourself free to enjoy and explore ‘out of the world’ food.

Harvest in Times Square

Harvest in the Square is an annual event. The event has taken place for 24 years. The main focus of this food festival is to showcase food joints in the Union Square area. Once you get your ticket you will be able to experience unlimited tastings of anything and everything in New York.

The tickets to the food festival usually cost USD 99 – USD 125 for a regular ticket and USD 500 for a VIP ticket.

In addition to that, celebrity chefs also attend the event and you can taste their authentic signature dishes.

Here is where you can find the event – Union Square Park, North Plaza. Call them on (646) 693-8205 or click on their website; harvestinthesquare.nyc to learn more about the festival.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint

Summer is never complete without this festival. This is a one-day food festival held every September at East River State Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Here, we celebrate the unique Brooklyn culture with food and drinks. The outdoor bock-styled event has cuisine from almost all restaurants, wineries, bars, and breweries in Brooklyn. 

Some of the favorites at the event are  Ela Taverna, the Meatball Shop, Tacocina, and Baba’s Pierogies. In addition to that, you can also browse numerous arts and crafts stands and enjoy great live music.

Find TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint here: East River State Park – 90 Kent Avenue, New York, New York 11249, USA.

New York Pizza Festival

‘Anyone who says that money cannot buy happiness has clearly never spent their money on pizza’.

Here is the pizza fan treat.

This particular event is one that is mainly focused on all pizza vendors across the United States. However, here is a point to note – the entry to the event is completely free of charge. On the contrary, you need to buy a ticket for you to take a bite of the pizzas and experience the tastings.

The most favourite pick throughout the New York Pizza food festival is the Las Vegas Metro pizza and the New York’s Don Antonio. They are the fast sellers therefore you better be quick to grab a slice.

This is where you can find the event: Crescent Avenue, The Bronx NY 10458

For more information, you can go on nycpizzafestival.com and explore.

Food Network & Cooking Channel Wine & Food Festival

First and foremost, the Food Network & Cooking Channel Wine & Food Festival is mainly conducted to supports a worthy cause to feed the hungry and support individuals with severe illness. 100% of the proceeds go to No Kid Hungry. That being said, there is no reason to miss out on the event.

In addition to that, it is the largest wine and food festival in New York City. It has a wide range of foods from all types of food joints and restaurants. Moreover so, it also has live demos from celebrity chefs that you can watch and enjoy.

If you love cooking then here is a chance – the festival also provides master classes for the up-and-coming chef, and oh, lots and lots of food tastings.

As for the location, they differ and they vary based on events.

New York Times Food Festival

The New York Times Food Festival is a two-day food event that is split into 3 sections with newspaper-themed jargon: The Park, The Talks and The Nights.

The Park

This takes place from the 5th of October to the 6th of October at Bryant Park. It is located behind the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

How to get there: Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park. Take the 7 train to Fifth Avenue.

The Talks

This will take place from the 5th of October to the 6th of October in The Times Center. It is located at 242 West 41st Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

How to get there: Take the N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E or 7 to Times Square. 

The Nights

 As the name suggests, these are made up of dinners. The dinners are set up at ten different restaurants throughout New York City.

The festival covers a wide range of activities for everyone who holds a wide range of palates to enjoy. If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely find something unique and interesting that will pique your interest.

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