The Grand Tasting was held at Pier 57 in the Chelsea neighborhood. Fun. We took the train down Saturday morning, checked into our futuristic hotel (and arrive to a welcome gift bag from ShopRite with sparkling mineral water, almond biscotti and wafers in it... cute, no?) and then wandered over to the festival. We were given a tasting notebook, a swag bag (foodie swag bags are the best, think wooden spoons and olive oil samples :) and then started in on the tasting. So much food, so much booze. Tasty samples from NYC restaurants, food distributors, wineries, breweries and distillers.
I won't elaborate on the booze, except to say that I wasn't expecting beer and liquor to be involved in addition the wine. That's crazy. Also crazy? The Swedish Fish Vodka I tasted.
I'll be back next week with crappy photos of my celebrity chef sightings! Exciting!