Volunteer at NYCWFF

The Food Network & Cooking Channel’s New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), presented by Capital One, showcases the world’s most renowned chefs, wine and spirit producers, culinary personalities, lifestyle experts, and America’s most beloved television chefs while raising funds to support New Yorkers facing hunger and severe illness.

This year, NYCWFF’s mission to “EAT. DRINK. FEED NYC.” will benefit Food Bank For New York City and God’s Love We Deliver to support New Yorkers in need and to celebrate the recovering NYC hospitality industry.

This year’s Festival will take place Thursday, October 14 – Sunday, October 17, 2021. With over 60 events taking place at locations across New York City, NYCWFF pays homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world through signature tastings, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more.

It takes more than 2,500 volunteers to make NYCWFF a success and we need your help! As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to work alongside event management professionals, and food and wine industry leaders. Not only will you be a huge part of putting together New York City’s biggest wine and food festival, you’ll also be joining us to impact New Yorkers in need! 

Interested in Volunteering? Express interest in one of the areas below:

As of July 2021, NYCWFF is requiring that all volunteers, event attendees and event staff be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. NYCWFF will abide by all city and state guidelines as it relates to event-specific COVID safety protocols and procedures, and guidelines will be updated as the government guidelines evolve. Read the full NYCWFF Health & Safety guidelines here.

You can lend your time and support to take a stand against hunger in any of the following volunteer roles:

Event Support

Assist with setup, breakdown, event registration, ticketing, customer service and overall guest experience.

Volunteer Leadership Team

Play an integral role managing volunteers, providing invaluable on-site leadership, and work closely with Food Bank Staff and NYCWFF Event Managers to ensure that each event runs smoothly. Volunteer Leads must have prior event management experience.

Culinary Support

Provide culinary support to exhibiting chefs and restaurants from across the country and gain experience in a range of events, from high-volume production to catering intimate gatherings. Volunteers must have professional culinary experience or have attended culinary school.

FAQ

  • When is NYCWFF this year?

    NYCWFF 2021 is taking place Thursday October 14 – Sunday, October 17, 2021. 

  • How can I volunteer?

    Take a look at the three volunteer teams we have below. We are currently accepting applications for Volunteer Leaders and registration for Event and Culinary support will open in August — click below to express interest and be notified when registration opens. 

    • Event Support Volunteers assist with setup, breakdown, event registration, ticketing, customer service and overall guest experience. Express interest here!
    • Volunteer Leadership Team plays an integral role managing volunteers, providing invaluable on-site leadership for event and culinary support, and works closely with Food Bank Staff and NYCWFF Event Managers to ensure that each event runs smoothly. Apply here!
    • Culinary Support Volunteers assist with food prep, chef support, and overall culinary operations. Must have professional or academic culinary experience. Express interest here!
  • How long is a volunteer shift?

    Volunteer shifts range from 3 to 6 hours.

  • Why should I volunteer at NYCWFF?

    • Lend your time and support to take a stand against hunger.
    • Participate in the biggest and best wine and food festival in NYC. 
    • Be a part of a community of culinary enthusiasts.
    • Have fun while supporting an amazing cause
  • How do I get involved and volunteer at other programs in addition to NYCWFF?

    To learn more about volunteering with Food Bank For New York City, please click here
     

  • What are your Health and Safety Protocols?

    As of July 8, 2021, NYCWFF is requiring that all volunteers, event attendees and event staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. NYCWFF will abide by all city and state guidelines as it relates to event-specific COVID safety protocols and procedures. NYCWFF event guidelines and procedures will be updated as the government guidelines evolve. Read the full NYCWFF COVID guidelines here.