One of the highlights of the calendar year for those who are visiting or live in Miami is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, taking place from February 24 – 28. Over those five days, there is a smorgasbord of meals, tastings, seminars, and events for lovers of fine food and drink. The festival would be over by the time we run through everything it has to offer, but here are a few of the highlights food and wine lovers may be most interested in checking out.
Seaside Eats, Wednesday February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Be there with chef Robert Irvine for the start of the festival, which is taking place at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, representing an expansion of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This will be a casual, walk-around tasting in a beautiful setting featuring some of the best restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area: the perfect way to begin an amazing weekend of food and drink.
Paella & Tapas by the Pool, Thursday February 25, 7:00 p.m.
For the second straight year at South Beach Wine and Food Festival, chef Jose Andres will be hosting this event that brings together some of the best food creators in South Florida. Taking place at the SLS Hotel, Andres will be preparing his special brand of paella, while the chefs he invites will be creating a unique variety of tapas dishes. If you enjoy eating Spanish food in a beautiful setting, this is an event worth checking out.
Amstel Light Burger Bash, Friday February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rachel Ray, this is the 10th anniversary of the Burger Bash presented by Amstel Light. Celebrity judges will be on hand on the beach behind the Ritz Carlton to hand out this year’s Very Best Burger Award. While they judge, you can walk around tasting the latest creations from some of the world’s best burger chefs, while also sipping on Amstel beers and Florida wines courtesy of Southern Wines & Spirits. If you enjoy burgers, beer, and beaches, this event has everything you could ever want.
Croquetas and Champagne, Saturday February 27, 10:00 p.m.
For some late-night fun at Palm Court Miami’s Design District, check out Croquetas and Champagne, hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In addition to the iconic Vongerichten, some of the best chefs from South Florida will be present, creating some delectable variations of croqueta and flan, the perfect dessert options after a day at the festival. If that’s not enough, the champagne will be flowing and Latin rock band Suenalo will be setting the mood and giving guests some music they can dance to with their dessert.
Southern Kitchen Brunch, Sunday February 28, 11:30 a.m.
If you can handle getting up relatively early after a night of partying, the Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood is a great event. The Grammy Award-winning Yearwood is coming to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and bringing with her an array of chefs that will be cooking up Southern delicacies for what should be an unforgettable brunch. For a fine mix of food and music on a Sunday morning, be sure to attend the Southern Kitchen Brunch.
For information on all of the events of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and how to sign up, visit www.sobefest.com.