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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is back for its 18th year, bringing fabulous food and famous chefs and foodies in town from around the world.

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Thursday night was the popular party in the sand known as Barilla Italian Bites on the Beach, behind The Delano Hotel.

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Back as host this year – TV personality and host Giada De Laurentiis.

CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo talked to the chef about why this festival has become so popular.

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You can watch the conversation above.

Lisa Petrillo