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Susie Wong is an original Miami denizen born into a multi-cultural family and bred on sun and sand. As a self-certified gastronome and critic, she is religiously on the prowl for novel and innovative cuisine. However, she can definitely indulge and be equally sated by a furtive local dive—which she believes are truly the pins in the haystack that is Miami. She’s an interior designer by trade with a passion for the pen, art, music, dance, and needless to say, great food.

Top Five South Florida Food And Wine Festivals Of 2012

You might have to put those New Year’s resolutions on the back burner until May. ‘Tis the festive season for food and wine. In the past few years, South Florida has seen an influx of celebrity chefs, including one newly crowned Iron Chef America (Chef Zakarian of Tudor House in South beach), alongside some new innovative restaurants, which should make for a scrumptious litany of culinary fests coming your way in 2012.  The most appreciated food and wine events decorate the calendar from January to late April–plenty of time to get that body back into swimsuit shape.

Photo Credit: United Way Miami Food and Wine Festival


Mark your calendars. Here’s a list and links to the most notable, in order:

1. United Way Miami Food and Wine Festival

WHEN: Sunday, January 8th through April 21st  ·

WHERE: Various Miami locations

COST: Prices vary; $40- $3200

Monthly events with top sommeliers, Top Chef  winner Kevin Sbraga, accented with auctions and entertainment.



2. Key West Food and Wine Festival

WHEN: Thursday, January 26-29th 

WHERE: Various Key West locations

COST: Prices Vary  $40 – $335

Chef throw-downs, coconut bowling, beer and cheese tasting …



3. Food Network Food and Wine Festival

WHEN: Thursday, February 23-26th

WHERE: Several SOBE locations

COST: Prices Vary $20 – $1280

Chefs extraordinaire (Acheson, Zakarian, Bourdain, Guarnaschelli, Flay, Morimoto…) do you need any more reason.



4. 2nd Annual Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival

WHEN: Saturday, March 24-25th  from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.


COST: Prices Vary $5 – $175

50+ fine dining participants, car show, kid zone, live entertainment …




5. 17th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

WHEN: Friday, April 20th  from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Las Olas Bvld, Downtown Fort Lauderdale

COST: $100 in Advance Separate Events $45 – $125

60 restaurants, 45 wine tables, live entertainment, cupcake battle, and wine dinners.



Honorable Mention:

7th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival

WHEN: Saturday, January 14th  from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Bayview Park, Key West

COST: Free

Seafood, bevs, live entertainment, kid activities, and art.

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