Save your money! There’s another BIG food festival you don’t want to miss. It’s that time of year to make your plans for the 12th annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. The 2013 edition boasts a unique program of tastings, parties, dinners and seminars designed to please everyone’s taste buds!
Taking place February 21-24, 2013, the Festival has raised over $16 million to date for the Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.
Those searching for the Festival’s one-of-a-kind parties have a huge list of events to choose from this year. Below are some of my favorites.
- Moët Hennessy’s The Q After Dark with Special Guest Chef Curtis Stone
- Godiva Indulge hosted by Duff Goldman
- Oyster Bash presented by Island Creek Oysters hosted by Ming Tsai and Jeremy Sewall
- Garden to Glass hosted by Emeril Lagasse Featuring Bar Lab Cocktails & My Ceviche
- Pescado and Pisco: A Taste of Peru Hosted by Gastón Acurio & Laurent Tourondel
- A Red Hot Night: Presented By Target
The Festival’s signature Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village, featuring MasterCard® Grand Tasting Tents and KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations, on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24 are taking culinary competition to a new level, with attendees being able to text in their favorite dishes to vote for the first annual Miami New Times‘ “Short Order’s Best Bite on the Beach” award.
Even golfers will have the opportunity to indulge in a special wine and culinary experience on Saturday, February 23 at Turnberry Isle Resort during the Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament hosted by José Andrés. Sign up either as a four-some or single player, and every group will be paired with a chef, winemaker or spirit producer to accompany them as they slice their way through a delicious day on the course.
Best Pick Of The Entire Weekend: The Tribute Dinner honoring Nobu Matsuhisa and Christophe Navarre with Mistress of Ceremonies Martha Stewart, presented by Bank of America on Saturday, February 23. Matsuhisa, a celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American ingredients, and Navarre, Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy, is sure to be a weekend highlight. There will also be a selections of unique brunches during the 2013 season. Brunch with Bobby Flay is sure to be a crowd pleaser. We met Bobbi a few weeks ago in Dallas and he was oh so charming and talented in the kitchen.
Here’s a list of some of the other stars you can dine with at the festival:
- Dolce Brunch hosted by Daniel Boulud
- A-List Farm to Table Brunch presented by Whole Foods Market hosted by Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli and Anita Lo
- Southern Kitchen Brunch Hosted by Trisha Yearwood
Plus, everyone’s Festival favorites like the Moët Hennessy’s The Q Hosted By Paula Deen and Sons presented by Omaha Steaks sponsored by Miami Magazine, Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Pat La Frieda Meats & Diet Pepsi hosted by Rachael Ray, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best Of The Best sponsored by Bank Of America, and more — return for an unprecedented level of food, wine, spirits, and fun on one of America’s most beautiful beaches!
WHEN: February 21st-24, 2012
TICKETS: $100 to $2,000 per person. Purchase your tickets here or call 877-762-3933.