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Food & Wine and Brooklyn Direct Present First-Of-Its-Kind Brooklyn Food & Wine Festival At Barclays Center On February 17 & 18

Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall and Gail Simmons + Brooklyn’s Best Restaurants, Artisans and Purveyors Scheduled to Participate

Tickets on Sale Thursday, October 20 at 10 a.m.

Oct 18, 2016

(BROOKLYN, NY, October 18, 2016)—Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) Food & Wine and Brooklyn Direct, a programming division of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), announce that the inaugural Brooklyn Food & Wine festival is coming to Barclays Center on February 17 and 18, 2017. The festival will continue on February 19 with on-location events at restaurant venues in Brooklyn.

A celebration of the distinctive, diverse and extraordinary culinary culture of Brooklyn, the festival’s jam-packed program will showcase the borough’s vibrant food scene, bringing together 150 of the area’s best restaurants, chefs, artisans and purveyors. Also appearing will be celebrity chefs and food-world luminaries such as Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Nilou Motamed, Gail Simmons and Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale on Thursday, October 20 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the American Express Box Office starting at noon on October 22 (if tickets are still available). For more information on the event and a full schedule, please visit www.foodandwine.com/bklynfw.

“Brooklyn is one of the most exciting culinary destinations in the world,” said Motamed, Food & Wine Editor in Chief. “As a long-time Brooklyn resident, I couldn’t be more thrilled to host our newest signature event in this great borough and bring a one-of-a-kind experience to our passionate audience of food lovers. With access to brilliant chefs, authentic local food and ingenious tastemakers and artisans, this will be a celebration of Brooklyn’s singular contribution to the culinary zeitgeist.”

At the Brooklyn Food & Wine Festival, attendees will experience music and food in the epicenter of the entertainment scene. The festival events include the Grand Tasting on Friday and Saturday with unlimited food and wine served by 150 premier vendors and food curated and served by the very best restaurants in Brooklyn. On Saturday, there will be cooking, wine and cocktail demonstrations featuring celebrity chefs, VIP speakers and key industry tastemakers. On Saturday night at the venue’s 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express, a VIP dinner will be curated by celebrity chefs and world-class food and wine vendors. Official VIP after-parties on both Friday and Saturday nights will feature DJs, live music performances, and appearances by celebrity chefs.

“It’s an honor to host this event with Food & Wine, the premier voice of the culinary world,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE. “Brooklyn Food & Wine Festival will celebrate Brooklyn’s flourishing food culture and entertainment scene in a distinctive style that matches our borough. This event is made possible through our Brooklyn Direct programming division, which works directly with content producers to curate original events.”

Brooklyn Food & Wine is the latest addition to Food & Wine’s prestigious festival circuit. Through its network of best-in-class consumer events, Food & Wine brings its brand to life creating engaging experiences for tens of thousands people annually that interconnect influencers, tastemakers and marketers. Brooklyn Food & Wine will also have the added support from cross-promotional and collaborative opportunities across Time Inc.’s collection of influential, food-focused brands and content creators.

Christina Grdovic, SVP, Managing Director of Food & Wine, said, “At Food & Wine, we love bringing our fans up close to the talent, trends, tastes and discoveries that they turn to us for every day. That’s why I’m excited to team up with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to present this extraordinary new festival with a distinctively Brooklyn point of view. Brooklyn Food & Wine is sure to become an essential annual festival for the food-obsessed.”

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About Food & Wine 
FOOD & WINE is the ultimate authority on the best of what's new in food, drink, travel, design and entertaining. FOOD & WINE has an extensive social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Snapchat. FOOD & WINE includes a monthly magazine in print and digital; a website, foodandwine.com; a books division; FWx, a digital brand and website for millennials; plus newsletters, clubs, events and a restaurant partnership, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE.


About Time Inc. 
Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. 


About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment 
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center and Long Island’s new Coliseum, and manages and controls the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and its Development League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL's New York Islanders. Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express. Nassau Coliseum, scheduled to reopen April 5, 2017after extensive renovation, will offer 13,000 seats for hockey, 13,500 for basketball, and 14,500 for standard concert configurations, with the ability to flex up. The bowl will have a theater seating option for 4,000 guests. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partners and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets. For additional information, please visit Brooklynse.com


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