MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) — There’s an epicurean extravaganza taking place on Miami Beach. It’s the 10th annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival which kicked off Thursday night with the “Burger Bash” hosted by Rachael Ray. It continues Friday night with another hot event, “The Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ”, hosted by chef, restaurateur and Food Network TV personality Bobby Flay..
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on the soft white sand of the Delano Hotel. General admission tickets are $350 but the event is sold out, along with the $450 VIP reception.
This marquee event features non-stop temptations; serving station after serving station of juicy grilled meats and succulent seared seafood, fire-roasted vegetables, and all manner of spicy, creamy, crunchy side dishes and daring, decadent desserts. Don’t forget about the endlessly flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a star-studded four-day event that showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirit producers, chefs and culinary personalities.
The event began as a one-day festival called the Florida Extravaganza in 1997 at FIU. It was founded as a fundraiser for Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has grown tremendously over the years. It is now one of the largest and most well-known festivals of its kind in the country.
In addition to Thursday nights Burger Bash, other high-profile events include Friday night’s $350 Bubble-Q on the sand behind the Delano on South Beach hosted by Bobby Flay,
In addition to Thursday nights Burger Bash, and Friday night’s Bubble-Q, other high-profile events include Saturday’s $150 The Best Thing I Ever Ate At The Beach hosted by Duff Goldman at the Ritz-Carlton beach, and Guy Fieri’s $125 Big Beach Bar and Grill Closing Party at Ganesvoort South Beach on Sunday.
There’s also Saturday and Sunday’s $225 Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village at 13th and Ocean Drive. Tickets are still available for the Grand Tasting Village.
Another fun event for the entire family is the Fun and Fit As A Family featuring the Kidz Kitchen which takes place at Jungle Island. The two-day long mini-festival teaches kids and their parents how to make healthy food choices and features a variety of cooking demonstrations for children by various Food Network personalities such as Rachael Ray, Rocco DiSpirito, and Giada DeLaurentiis on Saturday and, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence and Duff Goldman on Sunday. Tickets are $20.00.
The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival will run through Sunday, Feb. 27th.