New York City; October 2012
New York City’s premier food fest offers over 120 events, from Brooklyn to Harlem, with talks from heralded chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and Ferran Adrià, as well as food-TV personalities like Duff Goldman and Guy Fieri. Best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength, a nonprofit aimed at eliminating childhood hunger.
Aspen, CO; June 15-17, 2012
Launched in 1982 as a humble wine tasting for locals, this is currently one of the world’s most exclusive and intimate culinary events. The crowd is capped at 5,000, which includes attendees and all chefs, press and pourers. Aspen is small and everything is close together, so you might have a casual run-in with your favorite food personality—Jacques Pépin, say, or Mario Batali.
- Folk-Festival Picnic
- The Hungry Crowd: Superfly
- Andrew Zimmern: Real Recipes, Scary Foods
- Andrew Zimmern's Top 10 Places to Eat Asian Food in NYC
- Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures
Miami; February 23-26, 2012
Set in sunny Miami Beach, this is like spring break for food lovers. A third of ticket sales are from out-of-towners wanting to escape the winter blues and hang out with international stars like Nobu Mastsuhisa and Alain Ducasse. I have the pleasure of hosting this year’s closing event, Trucks on the Beach, and I couldn’t be more excited. Fifteen food trucks, plus live music, right on the ocean? Heaven.