From celebrity appearances to sports legends, the Meadowlands is no stranger to hosting some of the New York Metro Area’s most celebrated events. On Saturday, October 14th, The National Thoroughbred League (NTL), the first-ever team horse racing league, is partnering with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) to present “A Night at the Races” — the inaugural New York Cup at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The night will be filled with a combination of horse racing, food, and celebrity appearances, including the event hosts — chef Andrew Zimmern and rapper, Ja Rule. Read on for details about the event’s highlights and admissions — as well as a discount code for the event.
About the Event
At this family-friendly event, attendees will witness a historic race where horse teams, rather than individual horses, will compete in this first-ever team multi-race contest. Gates open at 6PM and run until 9PM, concluding with a post-racing afterparty. The party will celebrate 50 years of hip-hop, featuring a special performance by Ja Rule.
The NTL’s six teams, including the hometown New York Knights and first-place New Jersey Degens, along with the Philadelphia Stallions, California Shamrocks, Nashville Dreams, and the Seattle Gems, will go head-to-head in this high-speed, high-stakes event.
Guests are invited to showcase their Kentucky Derby-inspired attire, from posh outfits to wide-brimmed hats. The judges will be scouting for the top styles at a mid-event fashion show and winners will be escorted to the winner’s circle for a chance to win prizes. In addition to the festivities, Andrew Zimmern will be hosting and cooking specialty dishes along with 20 other celebrity chefs who will be challenging guests to taste them all.
There will also be 15 New Jersey restaurants present at the event, some of which have roots right here in Hoboken + Jersey City. The complete list of NJ eateries + chefs attending include:
- Halifax Restaurant – Weng Lee
- South+Pine American Eatery – Leia Gaccione
- Speedy Wey Restaurant – Jovanni Garcia
- Milk Sugar Love Creamery + Bakeshop – Emma Taylor
- Cubita Cafe – Gustavo Gutierrez
- Concourse Club – Peter Martinez
- The Brisket Guy BBQ – Trevon Woolford
- Tacoholics – Nicholas DeAngelo
- Ani Ramen – Danielle Rios
- Harlem Shake – Camisha Louis
- Bagels By Jarrett – Jarrett Seltzer
- Lita – Neilly Robinson
- Heirloom at St.Laurent – Neilly Robinson
- La Fonda NYC – James Gonzalez
- Karma Kafe – Mehernosh Daroowalla
Admission is available in two categories: General and VIP. You can apply the code “GIRL20” for a 20% discount on tickets!
General Admission costs $100 ($80 with our code GIRL20) and provides access to the race track, where guests can enjoy 15 diverse food stations and can savor exclusive drinks from a carefully selected cash bar. As the night unfolds, the general admission tickets also give entry to the exclusive after-hours celebration to experience the full event.
VIP Admission costs $150 and includes access to both the race track, an after-hours party, and an exclusive VIP seating area. Early entry will also be available to not only try the food, but to also receive a unique tasting experience hosted by Chef Andrew Zimmern and celebrity judges in a private VIP section.