If you've spent any time in Brooklyn—or spent any time listening to people go on about Brooklyn's food scene, ad nauseum, nonstop over the past oh decade or so—then you know that the massive NYC borough is pretty much its own food festival, 24/7. Starry chefs and eating-obsessed locals and food-struck tourists and celebs collide all over Brooklyn's now-world-famous enclaves, from Williamsburg to Bushwick to Carroll Gardens and beyond, all day and all night, to eat and drink and eat and drink some more. So why, you may ask, does Brooklyn need an actual food festival?
Because the borough is also home to the Barclays Center, the stadium that might as well have "future food festival site" printed on its birth certificate. Brooklyn also happens to be home to countless celebs, from the food world and beyond (Top Chef's Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio, among many others)— so it all kind of makes sense, no?
Behold the first-ever Brooklyn Food & Wine festival, kicking off February 17-19. Tom and Gail will be there, along with Mario Batali and Carla Hall (pictured above on The Chew), Food & Wine editor-in-chief Nilou Motamed, and chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, aka The Franks, of Frankies Spuntino and others. Tickets go on sale on October 20 for the event, which will include more than 150 food and drink vendors from around the BK, plus cooking demos, wine and cocktail tastings and parties.
And since no doubt all that food and booze will leave you wanting even more food and booze, the fest will continue into the following week, at restaurants and bars all over Brooklyn. If you missed out on the just-ended New York City Wine and Food Fest in Manhattan, or if that one left you even more curious about the borough across the river, you might want to book asap. This thing could easily sell out fast.
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