BizBash 2009

New York’s Top 100 Events 2009

By Brendan Spiegel
February 16, 2009

Something new hits this city every day, but here’s a look at the 100 annual events that wow New York year after year.

In a city that leads the world in fashion, finance, media, and advertising—to name a few areas—it takes something special to stand out. Our annual list highlights the parties, trade shows, benefits, and parades that draw media buzz, tourism dollars, and top players in their field. This year, upstarts like the New York City Wine & Food Festival have staked a claim to the list, and growing entities like the CMJ Music Marathon have climbed a few notches. Although the wobbly economy is likely to have serious implications for every host included here, you can bet these festivities will continue to draw attention in 2009.

New York’s Top Food and Restaurant Industry Events

1. James Beard Awards
Kim Cattrall and Bobby Flay welcomed more than 1,800 guests to Avery Fisher Hall in June 2008, as the James Beard Foundation handed out the culinary world’s most prestigious prizes. The best part for many attendees was the post-show reception, when they sampled dishes from many of the award winners. The 2009 event is slated for May 4.