A neighborhood celebration at the NYC Wine & Food Festival
Meatpacking Uncorked is one of the signature events of the Food Network's New York City Wine & Food Festival.
There’s probably no more fitting neighborhood in which to celebrate New York’s food culture than the Meatpacking District.Today’s profusion of restaurants and bars is enough to give the area a reputation as a food lover’s haven, but the pull of tradition is even stronger. For generations, wholesale butchers and meat packers made this area the hog butcher to the city. So it comes as no surprise that this year’s Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival has chosen the neighborhood as the venue for one of its signature events — Meatpacking Uncorked, at 6 p.m. Friday. Annie Washburn, executive director of the Meatpacking District Initiative, said the event will be a neighborhood-wide wine and food tasting. “There will be street tastings, performances, musicians, the cabaret performer Lady Rizo will appear,” she said. “This is a neighborhood party. People go from store to store discovering wines and discovering food.” Throughout the weekend, the area’s galleries, shops, bars and restaurants will offer special menus, wine tastings and other events. Last year, said Washburn, “they poured 100 different wines — different wines in every store.” Some 2,500 people attended, and organizers expect a similar turnout this year.
Among the participating locales are Los Dados, Murray’s Cheese, Spice Market and Macelleria. Tickets for the event are $65 and are still available. For more information, visit nycwineandfoodfestival.com.