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On Scene: South Beach Wine and Food Festival 

Written by Kelly Weimert on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 10:05am.

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This month, the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival is coming back for its 19th consecutive year, and it’s shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. This year's festival takes place on February 19 - 23 and is expected to draw more than 65,000 guests to its over 100 events. 

Given what the five-day festival has in store, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. The event showcases world-renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities through events that include everything from brunches, wine tastings, and chef-led dinners to panels on hot hospitality topics, like how to run a longstanding restaurant business. 

There are also a ton of food- and wine-centric parties that run late into the night, such as the Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown, offering an evening of tiki-inspired cocktails hosted by Bacardi and Patron. Some of the best bartenders in Florida compete to win tiki King or Queen while you sip on their creations and enjoy small bites from some of Florida’s most popular restaurants. 

Tiki Cocktail Showdown South Beach Food Wine Festival

If you’re more in the mood for an intimate dinner, then you can attend any number of dinners hosted by world-famous chefs and culinary personalities, like the queen of all things food and lifestyle herself, Martha Stewart. Stewart will join James Beard Award finalist, Chef Katie Button, and James Beard Award semi-finalist, Chef Clay Conley, in hosting a three-hour dinner that blends traditional American flavors with tastes of Spain, complete with wine from the Neyers wine portfolio. 

South Beach Food and Wine Festival

You can also take advantage of the beautiful South Beach weather by walking through the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village, which is nestled right on the beach and offers a variety of wine tasting tents and cooking demonstrations from over 50 restaurants. Meanwhile, a fun selection of family-friendly events ensures everyone can get in on the delicious action, even the family pup. For example, Nulo Pet Food’s Yappie Hour invites you and your furry loved ones to enjoy cocktails and treats at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, while Foodie Movie Night in the Park offers an outdoor screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs hosted by Valerie Bertinelli. 

South Beach Food and Wine Festival Yappie Hour

And because all of this food and wine has some of us paying a little closer attention to our personal fitness, the festival is also hosting several fitness-themed events, like Buddhas & Bellinis. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday morning, Buddhas & Bellinis offers a morning of yoga and relaxation punctuated by delicious Campo Viejo Cava Bellinis and Campo Viejo Rose. 

Buddhas and Bellinis South Beach Food Wine Festival

One of the awesome aspects of the festival is that you can pick and choose which events you want to attend, buying individual tickets for each event or purchasing themed packages, such as the Wine Lovers Package or Sunday Funday Package. You can find out more information, view the festival's full list of events, and purchase individual and package tickets here.

And, do yourself a favor and follow @sobewffest... you won't be sorry (just hungry).

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