By Brooke Porter Katz
August 29, 2014

Tickets are on sale now for the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Time Inc. sister publication Food & Wine. Taking place October 16-19, the annual food extravaganza has a few new events we’re excited about: Grammy Award-winning country star and cookbook author Trisha Yearwood is hosting the Down-Home Southern Brunch (Oct.19, $150), while actor/TV personality Mo Rocca will be at the Standard hotel’s biergarten for the Hot Dog Happy Hour (Oct. 17, $99, sold via Groupon). Ample Hills Creamery founders Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna are hosting an ice cream-making class (Oct. 19, $200). (If you prefer tasting to making, check out their new bi-level shop in Brooklyn.) Sadly, the nighttime dessert buffet hosted by pastry wizard Dominique Ansel is already sold out.

This year is also the 10th anniversary of the carnivore-lover’s Meatopia—and to celebrate, the independent event is joining up with NYWFF for the first time. High-profile chefs will be on hand dishing out meat-centric dishes and roasting whole animals, including Pat LaFrieda (steer), Seamus Mullen (goat), and Michael Psilakis (lamb).

Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.