The feeding frenzy known as the New York City Wine & Food Festival is just days away. You name a culinary superstar, and chances are good he or she will be there: Daniel Boulud, David Chang, Alex Atala, April Bloomfield—the list goes on. (Even Whoopi Goldberg is making an appearance at a chicken-themed evening.)
While many of the big-ticket items are already sold out—including Martha Stewart’s cake-decorating class and a dinner with Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Will Guidara—there are still plenty of ways to get a taste of what the fifth anniversary event has to offer.
A fee of $225 will buy you face time with ramen king Ivan Ramen (Oct. 20) at an intimate dinner, while for $35, you can listen to Mario Batali and Michael Symon banter at TimesTalks (Oct. 19), hosted by New York Times food writer Julia Moskin. You want cocktails? Food Network Star’s Justin Warner is presenting Mixology Masters at Bagatelle (Oct. 20; $95), featuring drinks from New York hotspots like The Wayland and Little Branch. The inaugural Oktoberfest (Oct. 20; $95) is a less classy affair: lots of beer and even more sausages, including a new line from Andrew Zimmern, the host of the event. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, which they’ll be celebrating at the Mandarin Oriental hotel (Oct. 18; $300) along with countless past winners.
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Brooke Porter is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.