By: Dana Rozansky
Somehow January came and went in the blink of an eye and February is now upon us. It’s safe to say most of you have broken your resolutions by now (or is that just me?) and you’re ready to resume the eating and drinking habits you’ve come to master over the years.
Well, there’s no better time to showcase these skills than the 16th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival – which is just a few short weeks away!
If you’ve visited the Festival website or checked out the line-up of events, it’s likely your head is spinning with excitement. So many events, so little time! How does one attempt to navigate this world of enticing options left and right?
Well, we did our best to make it as easy for you as possible, by enlisting the help of someone who knows a thing or two about SOBEWFF – none other than Festival Founder & Director, Lee Brian Schrager.
Below you’ve got Lee’s top picks for all different types of Festival-goers. So read on, and make sure to get those tickets while they last!
Best event for someone with a sweet tooth?
Event Name: Decadent Dessert Party presented by Grey Goose hosted by Duff Goldman
Why? More than a dozen of some of the best pastry chefs in the country, plus signature creations from Duff Goldman himself – can’t go wrong here.
When? Saturday, February 25 – 10 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/dessert/
Best event for meat lovers?
Event Name: Burnt Ends: A Kosher BBQ Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya
Why? A handful of literally some of the best culinary craftsman (and women) from across the U.S. serving up their purest – Kosher – meat candy.
When? Thursday, February 23 – 7 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/kosher/
Best event to see and be seen?
Event Name: Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray
Why? Perhaps the Festival’s most iconic event, celebrating its 11th year as a fan-favorite this year. I see EVERYONE here.
When? Friday, February 24 – 7:30 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/burger/
Best event to get the most bang for your buck?
Event Name: Croquetas & Champagne hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Why? I love everything about this event – it’s both sophisticated and comforting, with flowing Champagne Henriot paired with South Florida’s favorite melty cheese snack, at a price you can’t beat for an indulgent night out.
When? Saturday, February 25 – 10 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/croquetas/
Best event for the Health Nut?
Event Name: Vegan Dinner hosted Chloe Coscarelli & Matthew Kenney
Why? Chloe is taking the New York dining scene by storm, and Matthew is a pioneer in this area – you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to dine with two of the best in their area of expertise.
When? Saturday, February 25 – 7 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/vegan/
Best event for Booze Lovers?
Event Name: BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus
Why? The signature white tents in the sand behind the Delano transform into a great late-night party for the first time – BACARDÍ has you covered with the libations, and Rev Run & DJ Ruckus will lay down the beats to keep you dancing long into the night.
When? Saturday, February 25 – 9 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/bacardi/
Best event All Around?
Event Name: Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations
Why? There’s a reason this is our signature Miami Beach event – and there’s no better Sunday Funday now, with the addition of the David Grutman Experience featuring beats by INGROSSO. Plus, our special 3-5 on Ocean Drive ticket allows you to enjoy it at a reduced price!
When? Sunday, February 26 – 12 PM
Link to purchase: http://sobefest.com/3-5pm-on-ocean-drive/
So there you have it. It’s going to be a fun-filled, food-filled, fluid-filled four days. Hope you’re up for the challenge! See you there. #SOBEWFF