May 21, 2024

If you’re in Miami and are still debating your weekend plans, but want to take advantage of the perfect winter weather, might I suggest checking out the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF)?

Because seriously, what’s better than pairing the sunny and 60 degree weather with some of the country’s top chefs who are cooking up a storm alongside dozens of bartenders who are pouring delicious cocktails and glasses of wine that complement each bite?

Taking over South Beach and beyond from Thursday, February 22nd to Sunday, February 25, this star-studded extravaganza features over 100 events ranging from signature tent events to intimate dinners to a massive Grand Tasting Village and dozens of interactive chef demos and masterclasses.

“We’re counting the days until the Festival kicks off with Rachael Ray returning to host Burger Bash THIS Thursday!” says Lee Brian Schrager. “There’s still time to snag tickets to some of your favorite events. See you on the sands of South Beach!”

While a ton of the events are already at capacity and sold out, there’s still quite a few really awesome events with tickets available

Those looking to attend one of the Festival’s signature tent events (aka the shining star events of the weekend), you can kick things off with Heinz® Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® hosted by Rachael Ray on Thursday, February 22 from 7:30 to 10:30pm, where guests will indulge on burgers from nearly 40 different restaurants around the country with the chance to vote on their favorite — plus there’s free flowing drinks all night long. Another winner? Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives LIVE hosted by Guy Fieri taking place on Friday, February 23, 7:30 to 10:30pm. This event features over 30 chefs from all over the country who have been featured on the hit Food Network show over the years — from roadside diners to vintage drive-ins, and hidden gems.

Those who don’t want to head to South Beach can still get in on the action as there are a ton of events spread across the city. Head to Wynwood on Saturday night for Smorgasburg After Dark hosted by Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, and Robert Irvine featuring a special performance by Les Greene & The Swayzees.

Brunch it up on Sunday at Farmers Market Brunch presented by Violife® hosted by Michael Schwartz. Starting at noon in the Design District’s Jungle Plaza, James Beard Award-winner, Michael Schwartz, has curated a walk-around brunch highlighting local farmers featuring top chefs and farmers who are collaborating to create a delicious brunch menu using fresh, local ingredients.

Or close out the weekend with the Goya Foods’ Heritage Fire: Grand Finalè hosted by Chris Lilly and Fernando Desa on Sunday, February 25th from 5 to 8pm where over a dozen of chefs will be showcasing globally-inspired dishes using Heritage-breed proteins, artisan cheeses, and heirloom vegetables, with beverage pairings from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

And of course, the event that started it all — the Grand Tasting Village that spans several city blocks right on the sand with celebrity chef demos, bites, tons of drinks, samples and swag, and an epic concert experience curated by David Grutman.

For those looking for something to do in between Festival events, there are a few fun pop-ups happening in the area.

At Loews Miami Beach – the official Host Hotel of South Beach Wine & Food Festival – Bar Collins has created a social weekend menu inspired by SOBEWFF. On the docket are dishes themed after a few of the Festival’s iconic signature events like Burger Bash (a SoBe Guava Burger), Tribute Dinner (Spinach Gemelli), and Best of the Best (Octopus Carpaccio).

On the cocktail front, the Bar Collins beverage team is mixing up specialty sips each paired with a specialty bite. Flavors include the Carajillo Twist paired with a lemon and pistachio cannoli, the Bombay Sapphire-based Friends with Benefits paired with spicy hamachi crudo, and the Angel’s Envy Paper Plane paired with a mozzarella and melon skewer. Additionally, there will be rotating cocktail specials using Campari spirits (think Aperol Spritz, Skyy Vodka espresso martini, and more) to pay homage to Luca Garavoglia – Chairman of the Campari Group and an honoree at this year’s Tribute Dinner.

Over at Eden Roc Miami Beach, there’s a cabana pop-up celebrating the launch of Moshi’s new Asian-inspired sparkling waters. The sparkling water line launched in January, making this a real treat. Available in Asian Pear & White Miso, White Peach & Yuzu, Fuji Apple & Concord Grape, and Honeydew Melon & Cream, this pop-up will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th.

Those looking for a little late night fun, perhaps after one of the many Festival dinners or Saturday’s Signature Tacos & Tequila event, can make their way to The Edition for the 7th annual Ping Pong & Pizzas with legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Play ping pong against the man himself or enjoy watching while feasting on wood-fired pizzas, such as Black Truffle, Spicy Chorizo, and Fresh Mozzarella & Basil. Plus there’s always delicious cocktails and an insane dessert spread. Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.


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