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The Best New York City Wine and Food Festival Events Under $100

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It’s not often that a single festival can be called the food event of the year in New York, where many an occasion is a hot ticket. But the New York City Wine and Food Festival — the 12-year-old lovechild of the Food Network and the Cooking Channel — is in a league of its own. This year, the four-day event happens from October 10-13 and features 80 tastings, demos, and classes from 500 chefs, including a slew of the networks’ biggest celebrities like Rachael Ray, Masaharu Morimoto, and Marcus Samuelsson.
 
While the event packages and intimate chef dinners at the festival, which raises money for Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry, can be pricey, there are plenty of more affordable options on the weekend docket. If you’re looking to experience the excitement of NYCWFF without the sky-high price tag, consider snagging one of these tickets for $100 or less.

Panel: Social Media for the Hospitality Industry

Friday, October 11, 4 – 4:45pm
Midtown West
The Friday panels are the best bargains at the festival: These 45-minute conversations between industry leaders cost nothing to attend, and are sure to provide valuable insight. Whether you’re steadily growing followers for your recipe page or just want to know more about how restaurants are mining your social media, you’ll get something from this seminar, which features a discussion about creative strategies and best practices for how to use digital platforms to communicate and build community. 
Cost: Free with RSVP

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Aperitivo

Friday, October 11, 6 – 8pm
Meatpacking District
Start your Friday night right at this two-hour Italian-inspired appetizer tasting. You’ll sample cheese, charcuterie, pasta, and meatballs from nearly a dozen favorite local makers, including Speedy Romeo and Rossopomodoro, along with a variety of deliberately paired Italian spirits, wines and beers. 
Cost: $95

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Flashback Friday hosted by Rev Run

Friday, October 11, 9 – 11pm
Chelsea
You’ll party like it’s 1999 — literally — at this 1990s-themed party hosted by the legendary Rev Run and longtime radio personality Angela Yee. While Rev Run spins ’90s records, you’ll sip cocktails based on the same era and nosh on late-night bites from places like Lolo’s Seafood Shack and Pies and Thighs. Wear an outfit inspired by hip hop’s golden age and you might win a prize at the door!
Cost: $100

Fit&Feast

Saturday, October 12, 9am & 1pm and Sunday, October 13, 10am & 1pm
Midtown
Work up an appetite with a heavy sweat session, then indulge in a delicious and mostly guilt-free meal, all alongside a famous food and fitness fanatic like Robert Irvine or Hannah Bronfman. Choose between a high intensity yoga/boxing hybrid, toning and sculpting, or dance-inspired workout, then cool down with brunch and discussion on food and wellness.  
Cost: $75

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Culinary Demonstrations

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 12 – 6pm both days
Midtown West
If you’re focused on watching and learning as much as you possibly can this NYCWFF, you’ll want to snag tickets to the 30-minute culinary demonstrations, which start every 15 minutes beginning at 12:15pm. While the demonstration lineup is stellar — expect to see the likes of Rick Bayliss and Rocco DiSpirito in action — this ticket does not include access to the adjacent tasting space.
Cost: $95

Tiki Showdown

Saturday, October 12, 10pm – 1am
Midtown
Throw on your dad’s least favorite Tommy Bahama shirt and imagine you’re in the tropics at this Polynesian-themed fête hosted by Anne Burrell. You’ll sip colorful tiki drinks and enjoy bites from local spots that celebrate the flavors of the South Pacific, like Makana Hawaiian Eatery and Maharlika, while you dance to live music late into the night. 
Cost: $95

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Family Ice Cream Fun-dae

Sunday, October 13, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Midtown
Give Sunday funday a sweet start at this celebration of the holy trinity that is the mixture of ice, cream and sugar. Hosted by the ace of cakes himself, Duff Goldman, this family-friendly event includes unlimited access to ice cream and toppings plus activities like face painting. And while this is one of the few NYCWFF events open to guests under 21, your adult ticket will indeed include craft cocktails.
Cost: $40 for juniors (under 21); $95 for adults

Schmaltzy Storytelling and Tasting

Sunday, October 13, 5 – 7pm
Chelsea
Settle in for a cozy Sunday night centered on ritual and the rich comfort foods of the Jewish diaspora. You’ll enjoy an evening of storytelling and tastings led by the Jewish Food Society — an organization that aims to preserve and revitalize Jewish food traditions — featuring a panel of food journalists and chefs with their own personal stories about the night’s recipes. 
Cost: $95Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Victoria Marin is a writer and digital content producer based in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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