SOURCE: Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

May 02, 2016 10:49 ET

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals Partner With Time Inc.'s People for Upcoming Festival Cycle

People Will Be a Partner of NYCWFF 2016 & SOBEWFF® 2017

MIAMI BEACH, FL --(Marketwired - May 02, 2016) - Lee Brian Schrager, founder and director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach (SOBEWFF®) and New York City (NYCWFF) Wine & Food Festivals, is pleased to announce Time Inc.'s People as a partner for future Festivals. Schrager, who also serves as vice president of corporate communications & national events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., celebrated the 15th anniversary of the South Beach edition February 24 - 28, 2016, and the ninth year of its New York City iteration will take place October 13 - 16, 2016.

"This is an exciting time of growth for both Festivals," noted Schrager. "People, much like food and drink, touches everyone and is a natural fit as a lifestyle partner for both Festivals moving forward."

"As a longtime fan of People magazine, I can think of no better partner to welcome to both our Festival weekends," said Kathleen Finch, Chief Creative and Brand Officer for Scripps Networks Interactive. "This new partnership will allow for a deeper and richer Festival experience for our Food Network & Cooking Channel fans, as well as bring added attention to the important causes both Festivals support."

"Stories about food, recipes, and celebrity chefs are among the most popular with the 80 million consumers who engage with the People brand on all platforms," said Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly. "Teaming up with the popular Wine & Food Festivals in Miami and NY is a great opportunity to serve and entertain our audiences."

People's partnership with the Festival is multiplatform, and will also consist of on-site event integration, promotional support and sweepstakes opportunities. People reaches more than 80 million consumers and is a leader in the entertainment news category. The brand's reach, coupled with that of the Festivals' title partners Food Network & Cooking Channel, will help continue to drive unprecedented levels of awareness for the Festivals and assist with generating proceeds for their respective charities. An official partner of the Festival since 2007, Food Network and Cooking Channel are together distributed to 100 million U.S. households and average 44 million unique web users monthly.

Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, more than $30 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival; furthering the education of the future leaders of the hospitality industry at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University and helping end hunger with No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

About People
Time Inc.'s People revolutionized personality journalism when it launched as a weekly in 1974 to celebrate extraordinary people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Ubiquitous and still at the center of pop culture more than 40 years later, the People brand is accessible on all surfaces (print, digital, video, mobile, social) bringing more than 80 million consumers a unique mix of breaking news, exclusive photos, video, and in-depth reporting on the most compelling newsmakers of our time. In addition, comScore ranks the People and Entertainment Weekly Network No. 1 in the entertainment news category.

Each year major media across the globe anticipate the cover reveal of People's most famous franchise, the Sexiest Man Alive (which celebrated its 30 th anniversary in 2015) sparking a lively debate on social media. With a trusted reputation and unparalleled access to the red carpet, celebrities, and entertainment, an essential component of People's editorial vision remains human interest stories, which touch and often mirror the lives of our passionate audience. People is an award-winning 24/7 news organization headquartered in New York City with reporters across the globe. For more information visit People.com and Timeinc.com, and follow @people on Twitter and Instagram, @peoplemag on Facebook, and the People channel on YouTube and on Snapchat's Discover.

About the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world's greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers. To date, the Festival has raised more than $24 million for the School. In September 2015, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the third year in a row.

SOBEWFF ® is produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit sobefest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit fiu.edu, for the Chaplin School of Hospitality &Tourism Management visit hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Wine & Spirits visit southernwine.com.

About the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry ® , with 100% of the Festival's net proceeds helping fight hunger. The Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to date to for these hunger-relief organizations. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. In September 2015, BizBash named the Festival the #3 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the third year in a row. More information on the Festival can be found at nycwff.org.

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