Spectacular cuisine and character-filled wine could only mean one thing: South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2011! Although two months away, preparation has already begun in every major hotel and dining establishment in the Miami and South Beach area. Hosted by the Food Network, this year is sure to trump its predecessors by offering an even more memorable experience in its 10th anniversary celebration. February 24th-27th will be packed with a non-stop feast: gratifying to the most sophisticated palate. So, what and who can we expect to taste and see? Even though the Examiner recommends the entire festival at large, here are the top 3 not to miss choices.
First on our top 3 list is the “BubbleQ” event hosted by none other than master of the grill, Bobby Flay. In collaboration with The House of Perrier-Jouët, this signature event will be the toast of the festival. Taking place directly on the private white sandy beaches of the exquisite Delano Hotel, gourmet barbeque in every facet paired with prestigious Perrier-Jouët Champagne will set the perfect stage for casual elegance. There will be an array of participating restaurants and chefs from all over the country including some of Miami Beach’s finest: Dewey LoSasso of the Forge Restaurant, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill, and delicate sweets provided by David Funaro of Godiva Chocolatier. Entrance into this February 25thaffair starts at $350.00.
“Let Them Eat Cake!” On February 25, Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse team up once more for a celebration of five star deserts. Pastry chefs from every end of the United States will combine their passion for sweet delicacies by exhibiting stylish cakes and an assortment of pastries. Moet & Chandone Champagne, cocktails from the Moët Hennessy USA portfolio will fill the glasses of guests followed by a late night treat prepared by the infamous Shake Shack; which is sure to be the perfect ending to an over indulging soirée. Admittance start at $200.00 and takes place at the 11 11 which boasts a contemporary architectural design with panoramic views of the ocean and the city.
SoBe Wine and Food Festival will have something for every one of all ages. Parrot Jungle plays host to “Fun and Fit as a Family” February 26th& 27th. Featuring Kellogg’s Kids Kitchen, chef Rachel Ray will lead tots through an interactive kitchen where fun will be had by all. It’s sure to get enjoyably messy within this family-friendly environment blended with an opportunity to learn delicious simple recipes with a healthy approach by leading chefs. This hands on event holds a price tag of $20.00 per person and allows you a pass to explore the food garden, games directly on the beach and an unforgettable experience.
Tickets are now on sale for February 24-27, 2011, see you there!
Writer: Viviane Filias-Smith