MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) — Where’s the beef? Ask anyone going to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and they’ll say the beef is at Thursday night’s Burger Bash, hosted by Rachael Ray, one of the many events already sold-out at this weekend’s annual wine and food festival.

The Burger Bash, held on the beach of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, is a fan favorite and pits some of the country’s greatest beef patty purveyors against one another as they show off their grilling skills. The friendly competition ends when hostess Rachael Ray tallies up the votes and announces the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.”

More than 18,000 people are expected to visit the 10th annual Wine and Food Festival, hosted by The Food Network. It’s 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 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 $200 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, 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 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.

  1. Leany M says:

    Sucks to be stuck in the office in cold/rainy/snowy Chicago!! Some restaurateurs from Chicago are there at the fest though and they’ve been tweeting drool-worthy pictures of the SoBe Wine & Food Fest (he’s @BillyDec). Maybe next year I’ll be out of this office and in warm Miami with more foodies!

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