The ninth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival brings foodies together for three days of special events that benefit hunger-relief organizations.

By Stephanie Crets

The must-attend food and wine event of the year is quickly approaching. The ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) will take place Oct. 13-16 when more than 50,000 attendees can experience more than 90 food events throughout New York City, including special events in Midtown and Brooklyn.

NYCWFF welcomes 200 partners and nearly 500 chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and culinary personalities to participate in the weekend’s events. NYCWFF offers a wide variety of events at different price points to fit anyone’s taste and budget. Some of its larger signature events take place at Pier 92 and include Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast, Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, a new event hosted by the cast of “Chopped” and Coca-Cola’s Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay & Michael Symon. 


eTail East helps attendees keep up-to-date with evolving technologies and network with fellow retailers and startups through several events and panels.

By Stephanie Crets

Retailers and startups can keep up to date and navigate today’s evolving landscape by attending eTail East Aug. 15-18 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston. Organized by Worldwide Business Research (WBR), eTail East covers every area impacting a retailer today, from personalization, content marketing and social marketing to data, mobile engagement and omnichannel challenges.

“Whether you need new contacts, are looking for the right partner or just want to sanity-check your holiday strategies – we have something for everyone,” Program Director of eTail East Lori Hawthorne says. “You’ll leave Boston with the means to truly transform your business.”

The show offers its 1,800 attendees tons of technology under one roof. With 150 exhibitors, attendees will get up close and personal with the latest solutions for their businesses. Plus, eTail East has already done the legwork in curating and cultivating the latest and greatest in technology and exhibitors.

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As the premier tradeshow for interactive entertainment, E3 brings the video game industry’s top talent together.

By Ed Kiang, VP, Interactive Media

E3 is the premier trade show for interactive entertainment spanning desktop, console and mobile gaming platforms. Between June 14-16, publishers and developers from around the world will showcase groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Over the last 25 years, WWE has seen the interactive entertainment landscape change dramatically since our first release on NES in 1989. Innovations with collaborative gameplay mechanics, social interactions and immersive storytelling have not only created a more engaging experience for hardcore gamers, but also have expanded gaming to a much wider range of demographics to include casual and mid-core audiences. In fact, according to the Entertainment Software Association (which owns and operates E3), 155 million Americans play video games and four out of five U.S. households own a device used to play video games.


FMI Connect returns to Chicago’s McCormick Place for its more than 12,500 attendees to experience trends and innovations in grocery retail.

By Stephanie Crets

Coming June 20-22 to Chicago’s McCormick Place South Hall, the Food Marketing Institute will hold its annual show FMI Connect: the Global Food Retail Experience. More than 12,500 attendees will walk the show floor, visiting 400-plus exhibitors showcasing fresh and perishable products, packaged grocery, frozen products, retail technology, store equipment and design, health and lifestyle and corporate services.

This year, FMI Connect has several new events and products to showcase. One of the most notable will be its new campaign “Everyone to the Table.” The industry platform is expected to explore all expects of the grocery business, especially the most profit-centric areas, such as fresh and prepared foods, private brands and health and lifestyle.

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C2E2 brings fans together for a weekend filled with costumes, comics, pop culture, art and celebrities.

By Stephanie Crets

The high ceilings and long halls of McCormick Place are brightly illuminated by a rare warm, sunny day in March. As I walk through the lobby, I spot Deadpool and Captain America taking a selfie together, while Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens checks her iPhone, sitting on the edge of the lobby’s fountain. Riding up the several sets of escalators, I pass Dana Scully, Jon Snow, Sailor Moon and countless other characters.  As I rise up, the giant red letters greet me, and I know that I’m home: C2E2.

Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2, took over Chicago’s McCormick Place March 18-20. I’ve attended the convention for the last five years as a fan, so it was interesting to experience it outside of costume – for the most part.

C2E2 laid out the red carpet – literally – for the fans to walk the expansive exhibitor hall, where they visited more than 450 exhibitors and 464 artists in Artist Alley. I picked up a few books from Valiant Comics (including the increasingly popular “Faith” comic series), grabbed an Agent Carter Funko POP from the Marvel section and admired the Game of Thrones house sigil flags that decorated another booth.

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