From my POV the tickets were a little exxy for this kind of event but it was tied into a charity (curiously on helping feed the underprivileged... Eat.Drink.End Hunger.) so it felt ok... I think. I guess it was one method of making punters consider food generally and the lack thereof for many - compared with the over indulgence we were witnessing. A certain guilt factor couldn't help but creep in.
Being in the business of food, we get to try plenty of it on a regular basis, so for us this particular event wasn't overly exciting but the general public were really getting into the tastings and the demonstrations by some well known US tv foodies so it was great to see it was interesting and fun for them.
And the quality of the food available was excellent.
Once we'd had our fill inside it was time to get out into the glorious sunshine and enjoy a superb food-free New York Sunday afternoon...