Impressive skylines, crowded streets and unimaginable variety; these are just three things that may be found in New York City. Home to just under 9 million people, on 305 square miles, NYC is the most populous city in the United States and is considered a global power. Since its rise in influence and capacity in the late 19th century, New York and it’s boroughs have become a hub of urbanisation and a significant l influence on world media, industry, finance, fashion, cuisine and art.
The enormity of New York’s diversity in so many aspects is both impressive and cultivating. Over 800 languages are spoken in the city as it’s population has evolved from settlers, immigrants and natives into a mixing pot of origin, history and culture. Home to numerous architectural and historical landmarks, New York attracts over 50 million international and domestic tourists each year. However, one aspect of New York life that is an attraction in its own right, as well as a great representation of this city’s appreciation of difference and variety is the cuisine.
Originally made famous by Italian and central European immigrants, bagels, cheesecake and New York style pizza became synonymous as the food of the city. However, today sees so much more to offer. Ranging from over 1 ,000 Michelin graded haute cuisine restaurants, to 4 ,000 licensed middle-eastern mobile food vendors, New York is now renowned for celebrating excellence in food from many cultures and origins.
One event that optimizes on New York’s culinary celebration is the New York City Wine and Food Festival. Beginning this week on 16 October, this 3 day event celebrates excellence in both food and wine from some of the world’s most legendary culinary icons, back dropped by Manhattan‘s Central Park and Midtown landscapes.
Born in 2007, founder and director Lee Brian Schrager created a festival to showcase all things culinary while ensuring the proceeds went to charitable causes,. Tthe NYCWFF now contends with the success of its sister festival, the South Beach Wine and Food festival.
Housed mainly in Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown Manhattan, the NYCWFF has several highlighted events that have drawn in food lovers for the past 7 years. The Global Night Market tasting event in the Plaza’s food hall and the Best New Chef’s 25th Anniversary party held in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental are both popular events that have become notorious in their own right. Gourmet food is prepared by both the up and coming and the widely celebrated chefs and vintners to demonstrate the passion, skill and range that New York cuisine has to offer.
Seminars and workshops on culinary passions are everywhere within this festival, from cake decorating lessons with Martha Stewart, to wine tasting classes with Wine Spectator magazine. Variety and excellence is in every corner of this festival where TV chefs can be seen rubbing shoulders with the cuisine lovers and wine connoisseurs entering to taste the very best of this city’s cuisine. Whether it’s a walk and taste event, or a sumptuous dinner such as the Bank of America Dinner series;, for these 3 days, food is the talk of the city.
New York City has become a home to many cultures and thus has evolved into a city where any corner is a stepping stone into the cuisine and lifestyle of another place, another nation. It aims to celebrate the differences between people and allows each a foothold to claim a place within this vast and important city. Events like the Wine of Food Festival this Autumn, are a perfect example of honouring what makes New York so unique and interesting, by the people who call New York home.
What other cities share the celebration of diversity and culture?