Your cheat sheet to one of the country’s largest food events. Miami is gearing up for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where more than 65,000 people will converge for five days of tastings, cooking demos, seminars and late-night parties
Chefs and culinary personalities will lead more than 90 events across South Florida from Wednesday, February 21, through Sunday, February 25. There will be Guy Fieri’s Burger Bash, Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem to Overtown Jazz Brunch, Robert Irvine’s Barry’s Bootcamp and Bites and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Española Way Block Party (with beats by rapper Action Bronson).
New this year are master classes, where you’ll learn bread baking from Sullivan Street Bakery and how to fry doughnuts from popular Miami spot The Salty Donut. Other first-time events include Bobby Flay and his daughter Sophie’s Late-Night Desserts & Dancing, pastry king Duff Goldman’s Family Ice Cream Social and Emeril Lagasse’s ultimate clambake. Looking for something more intimate? Chefs like José Andrés, Daniela Soto-Innes, Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant and Alex Guarnaschelli will be hosting themed private dinners.
And just like New York City Wine & Food, SOBEWFF will have a charitable edge. Proceeds will go toward Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Tickets to events, including the Grand Tasting Village, are still available, but there’s no telling how long they will last.
by Clarissa Buch – tastingtable.com