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New York City Wine and Food Festival, October 9 to 11, 2009

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Sponsored by the Food Network, and giving foodies a chance to meet their favorite personalities, from Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, from Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) to Martha Stewart (none of those things), the second annual New York City Wine and Food Festival will take place largely in the Meatpacking District with occasional forays to DUMBO and other neighborhoods.

There are dozens of events, from “$10 Meatpacking Local: Kids Get Cooking! Buzzin’ with the Bee Man!” (among many cooking opportunities for children) to a $35 conversation with New York Times food critic Frank Bruni to $125 “Bob Dylan Wine Pairing” to grand tastings that cost as much as $500. Most of the more expensive events and almost all the culinary demonstrations are already sold out, and the rest are going quickly.

This page shows which are sold out, and how many available seats there are for the remaining, and enables you to purchase those.

According to the organizers, 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.

Update: Here’s my take on the four-day festival, on Eating 101 — Drinking Wine With Bob Dylan, Meeting The Real Food Stars at The New York City Wine and Food Festival