Eat + Drink

Best Events at South Beach Wine & Food Festival

In the heart of Southern Florida Island-City, lies the very beautiful Miami Beach, popularly known for years to be a great sight attraction and vacation spot for tourists, celebrities, iconic personalities, models art historians, and generally gatherings for different occasions. In 1997 the beach had as one of its most popular events – Florida Extravanga’! – A one-day festival usually held at Biscayne and blossomed annually for five years. The festival gave outstanding showcase of wines made from both local and global wineries, meals prepared by neighbouring bistro and cafe, led by a team from the Chaplin School-of-Hospitality And Tourism-Management.

By 2000, the South-Beach wine-&-food festival SOBEWFF) was established with an even larger vision to gain its own independence, and launched out as the Food Network & Cooking-Channel South-Beach Wine-&-Food. Today, SOBEWFF owns a bragging right as the biggest and most recognized global food entertainment five-day annual event that showcases different iconic wine and spirit experts, chefs and culinary personalities in their different skills. In partnership with their Chaplin School-of-Hospitality & Tourism-Management Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the event is tailored to bring people together in a prime state of art, to eat, drink and educate in a social circle.


The South-Beach wine-&-food annual festival swirls with lots of activities to keep the experience a fun ride all the way! Some of the activities not to be missed at SOBEWFF would be;

The Grand Tasting Village - The wine filled two-day event takes place at the festival every February 24-25. The event features an estimate of 50 restaurants dishing out numerous dishes while wine and spirit suppliers handle the sampling of a variety of wines. With more than a handful of culinary demos, drinks and social gatherings at the event, one is sure to have a swell time and of course, make some cool new friends! The Village’s courtyard also gets spiked up on both days by the “David-Grutman-Experience." With massive crowd, there may be some queuing up here and there, but not to worry, there is always more than enough and then some more to go round and serve everyone to their fill.

The Miami Beach Signature - This features continental and intercontinental chefs, wine spectators, culinary demonstrations, Beachside BBQ, Wine tasting, Brunch, beach carnivals and the likes, hosted by giant sponsors and partners.

Intimate Dinners - This features dinner hosted by culinary personalities. To be featured in the next season would be Dinner that’s hosted by the legendary Donatella Arpaia, Calapa & Terra mare, Pj, Elizabeth Karmel, Adam Perry-Lang & Norman Van-Aken, Martina McBride & Philip Kistner part of CRAVE-Greater Fort-Lauderdale Series, courtesy of Capital One and a host of others.

Events Under $100

Well, you won’t have to spend the last penny in your pocket when at the festival. With proper organisation and strategies, they have made available events for under $100! Yes, you heard that right! This includes cocktail Crafty Happy hour, The cocktail-extravaganza also referred to as the Taste-of-Aloha & Art-of-the-Tiki, the fun-and-fit as a family event tailored for families and work out provisions and facilities for burning out some extra calories. You can find that at the annual Budhas and Bellinis yoga classes and barry’s bootcamp classes.

The walk around Tastings

This features culinary shows like; Italian bite on the beach, Taste of Puerto Rico, Tacos after dark, Wine and cheese happy hour, Oyster bash, Wine spectator trade day and the likes. These are only to name but a few. Other activities at the event worth anticipating would be Grand Tasting-&-Demos, Fort Lauderdale, CRAVE Greater, New Events, Late-Night Parties,Brunches & Lunches, Fitness, Trade & Seminars, Packages, Family Fun, as well as the Bal Harbour Village.

Marquee Events The Marquee event showcases every evening at least a large-scale tasting event. Last year 2018, they had their event weekend kicked with the Barilla's Italian-Bites. The Heineken Light-Burger Bash now presented by the king-of-flavor-town, Guy Fieri, followed closely, running concurrently with the swanky Wine Spectator's Best-of-the-Best. The Marquee event is surely not one to miss!


Portuguese Dinner, (Once hosted by Henrique Sá Pessoa,George Mendes, and Ilde FerrerThere would be a time when portugese cuisine was well underestimated, but not any longer! The state of the art meal from Portugal has over the years gained much respect at events and especially food festivals. And since Portuguese restaurants are not easily found in South Florida, this is a perfect opportunity to get to experience their delicacy. Drag Brunch hosted by Elvis Duran and Alex Carr (part of CRAVE-Greater Fort-Lauderdale Series, courtesy of Capital One)

The events popular drag brunch made its debut as a first time food event at SOBEWFF, so it’s kind of a big deal! Every year, the team collaborates to bring PRIDE Fort Lauderdale’ an initiative to celebrate and empower the LGBT community and its exclusive culture at The Ritz-Carlton Fort-Lauderdale. The event brings together the most creative and professional chefs in town to prepare dishes enthused by some of south Florida’s enigmatic personalities and drag performers.

Interestingly, it is noteworthy that the SOBEWFF event brings together all proceeds from the festival to be used for the benefit of the Chaplin School-of-Hospitality & Tourism-Management at the Florida International-University and the Southern Wine-&-Spirits Beverage-Management Center. Annually, more than 1,000 students and volunteers gain priceless real-world knowledge at the Festival – which forms a good interactive and educational platform for the hospitality industry which is the big vision of the future of the event. Recording a success rate from then till today, the festival has raised well more than $28 million for the School and still on a progress record.


Currently, the festival gathers an attraction of more than 60,000 guests annually from its over 90 events that take place during the five-day weekend, at various locations in South Florida. Futuristically, the 18th annual Festival will take place February 20-24, 2019 and again the festival looks forward to featuring renowned talents both locally and internationally and the pioneers of the hospitality industry who uniquely champion the showcasing of world-class wines, spirits, food, and fun. The mission to eat as well as drink and educate still remains the same, which is to support future leaders of the hospitality industry!

This 2019 Food Festival is geared up to featuring over a 100 of events, cutting across from Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward and as the tempos are high up, tickets are fast selling out! To not miss the dates, set up your timers and contact the festival travel specialist on the festival rates. One thing we know for sure is you’re about to have yet another time of your life!

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