The Naughty Fork’s Guide to South Beach Wine & Food Festival

THE SOBWFF EVENTS YOU CAN STILL BUY TICKETS TOO (AND THE ONES YOU NEED TO GO TO)

The South Beach Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner, and it’s time to make sure you’re going to all of the best events. Although some are already sold out, it’s not too late to have an awesome weekend. Below is a list of our favorites, and must-attends, during the festival. Hope to see you all there 😉

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THURSDAY

Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach

What do Hollywood Walk of Fame stars and Michelin stars have in common? Leading ladies Valerie Bertinelli and Alex Guarnaschelli, of course! Bertinelli’s two-time Golden Globe Award-winning personality now charms on Food Network’s Valerie’s Home Cooking, while Guarnaschelli’s Michelin-starred training in France helped mold the tenacious expert we enjoy today on Chopped. They are joining forces to host more than 30 of the nation’s greatest chefs serving up dishes originating from various regions of Italy as guests enjoy a live musical performance by soft-rock hit makers Little River Band, presented by Magic City Casino. Known as one of Australia’s most popular rock bands, the Little River band has 10 top 20 songs on U.S. Billboard charts, including ‘Reminiscing’, ‘Cool Change’, and ‘Lady’. You can peruse Piedmont, trot through Tuscany, savor Sardinia, canvas Campania, saunter through Sicily, and more – while sinking your toes into the sparkling white sands of South Beach. Whether you prefer a traditional spaghetti and meatballs or a cooler antipasto-style pasta salad or a savory perciatelli and chicken, this is a celebration not to be missed. Grab your friends and gather ‘round under our signature white tents in the sand for a feast of the ages, all complemented by pours from curated wine selections.

Tickets: $150 , buy: here

FRIDAY

Taste of Israel: A CookNSolo Dinner Party hosted by Michael Solomonov

Philadelphia-based James Beard Award-winning restaurateurs Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook – who are expanding Federal Donuts to 24th Street in Wynwood – are throwing a walk-around dinner with 90’s hip hop house party flare at the beachfront 87 Park property in Miami Beach. The menu will roll out CookNSolo’s signature hummus with and oven-baked pita from Dizengoff, not-your-grandma’s deli platters from Abe Fisher, charcoal-grilled meats from Zahav, and cult-favorite hot fresh donuts with twice-fried chicken from Federal Donuts. Guests will sip on boozy Israeli-style punches and jam to the house DJ’s back-in-the-day beats.

Tickets: $250, Buy here

Heineken Light Burger Bash

The Festival’s beloved Burger BashⓇ gets a fresh new look this year, joining forces with Heineken Light! After celebrating its 10th birthday last year, the queen of burgers is back to keep the juicy creations coming at the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray. A syndicated television star with her own show, Rachael Ray, an iconic Food Network television personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Founder of the Yum-o! Organization, Ray brings her high-energy and passion for burgers to South Beach for the 11th year. Join us under our iconic white tents nestled in the sparkling sands behind The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach hotel to graze on carefully curated offerings from chefs from across America, and sip on refreshing Heineken Light beer and wine selections. Who’s burger reigns supreme? The choice is yours as you cast your vote for the Heineken Light People’s Choice Award!

An esteemed panel of judges, including Ayesha Curry, Emilio Estefan, Jill Martin, Rev Run and Adam Richman, will decide who will receive this year’s Schweid & Sons The Very Best Burger Award.

Tickets: $250. Buy here

Best of the Best

To create the best event during the best weekend of the year, we’ve rounded up 60 of the nation’s top chefs to showcase their most gourmet samplings to pair with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach sets the perfect stage with its own blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury to host this grand walk-around affair. Only proprietors and winemakers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals so you can hear about how some of the world’s greatest vino makes it from their vineyards to your palate. From aperitif to dessert, we’ll make sure your glass is decadently decanted and your plate is full of first-rate cuisine.

Tickets: $350. Buy here

Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party presented by Thrillist

A few of Miami’s craftiest spots are coming together to bring a unique collaboration to the Festival’s signature lineup of late-night soirées. The team at the Artisanal Donut Shop & Coffee Bar known as The Salty Donut and the dynamic duo behind the savory creations at the Sarsaparilla Club are bringing their unique delicacies to the night owls that the team at Bar Lab is known for satiating. Move over fried chicken and waffles – fried chicken and donuts is going to be everyone’s new favorite indulgence after hanging out poolside at the Shelborne Hotel. Together, this trio of talent behind some of South Florida’s trendiest cravings will bring guests a night of perfectly crafted treats and innovative libations.

Tickets: $95. Buy here

The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown

Surf’s up for this one as restaurateur, author, and popular Food Network star Robert Irvine hosts an evening of Polynesian flare with Tiki-inspired cocktails from across the country. Once again, guests will enjoy an artful display of libations at the hip and trendy Surfcomber boutique hotel. We’ve invited some of the best bartenders and highly regarded Tiki joints across the country to face-off and compete to be crowned Tiki-King or Tiki-Queen. Irvine, who recently announced his own concept at Tropicana in Las Vegas, will join an esteemed panel of judges, to evaluate the contestants’ cocktails featuring Rhum Barbancourt, while you sample all of the creations and enjoy light Polynesian-inspired bites. Tiki is more than a drink, it’s a subculture enjoying a resurgence in popularity with bartenders across America and we’re bringing it back to the beach — to South Beach!

Tickets: $95. Buy here

SATURDAY

Lifeway Kefir presents Buddhas and Bellinis

Take a breather during SOBEWFF®. Buddhas and Bellinis brings together the most sought after yoga teacher in South Florida, Dawn B, coupled with acclaimed & totally hip musical talent, for a morning of YOGA & relaxation during SOBEWFF®. A DARLEE production, this yoga session promises to refresh, inspire, and rejuvenate your body & mind. Refresh after yoga and celebrate the accomplishment of total body relaxation, with Bellinis and healthy Lifeway Kefir, a tart and tangy cultured dairy beverage that’s 99% lactose free and packed with probiotics. Kefir, known as the champagne of dairy, has 12 probiotic cultures and 11g of protein to keep you full and energized.

Also following the yoga session will be a short and inspiring panel discussion covering health, wellness, and self-care in the modern world. Hosted by wellness advocate and activist Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods, and renowned yoga instructor and speaker Dawn Feinberg of Dawn B Yoga, the morning’s panel discussion will energize, engage and elevate guests.

Tickets: $35 (for Saturday or Sunday). Buy here

Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village

We’re continuing with our commitment to give you even more to love about our signature event! The Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations will continue to refresh and tantalize your tastebuds with offerings from more than 50 restaurants and an array of wines and libations from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Remove your sensibilities as you enter the new and improved world devoted exclusively to sampling bold cuisine, stylish wines, carefully creative spirits and watching your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs, authors and culinary personalities dice it out on the KitchenAid Culinary Demo Stages.

Pace yourself as you take a refreshing stroll through an unending array of scents and tastes in the Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents while celebrating all areas of Miami as participating restaurants will be grouped together in culinary quadrants led by their respective culinary captain, representing distinct districts across South Florida — from South Miami and Coral Gables to Brickell, Wynwood, South Beach and on into Fort Lauderdale. Fans will continue to enjoy more places to relax and absorb this grand experience — whether it’s with a cocktail under the shade or your hips swaying to beat of live music and/or DJs throughout the day. For the fifth year, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite dishes and decide which restaurant will win the Miami New Times’ “Best Bite on the Beach” award.

Tickets: $225. Buy here

Nutrish®’s Yappie Hour

Join SOBEWFF’s canine kings The Browns – founder and director Lee Brian Schrager’s beloved Charlie and Stanley – as they accompany their Aunt Rachael at the Festival’s third annual Yappie Hour! Ray, who is widely known for her deep affection for her beloved Isaboo, will once again host this pooch playdate overlooking the bay at The Standard Spa Miami Beach. Her own line of pet food, Nutrish®, will be on hand to satiate the pups with snacks and treats, while adult libations will quench the thirst of the non-canine guests.

Tickets: $95. Buy here

Noodling Around: A Late Night Party presented by Thrillist

Dale Talde is taking his weekly late-night noodle party to the next level for SOBEWFF®! His namesake TALDE at The Confidante, a new member of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, will be the scene for this amped up affair, featuring hip hop vibes and his signature Pan-Asian bites. The energy of an Asian street market meets the sophistication and allure of Miami Beach for a Festival collaboration that is sure to be enjoyed by all. Libations will keep the good times flowing long into the night!

Tickets: $105. Buy here

Decadent Dessert Party presented by Grey Goose

We once again welcome television personality and Charm City Cakes innovator Duff Goldman to SOBEWFF®! He’ll host a select group of some of the nation’s top pastry chefs and dessert artists for this decadent soirée at the National. Indulge in your greatest sweet and frosty fantasies as you enjoy carefully crafted libations to accompany this late-night craving.

Tickets: $160. Buy here

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SUNDAY

Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris

We’re thrilled to welcome back, on Oscar Sunday no-less, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris to SOBEWFF® to headline this Taste Fort Lauderdale Series brunch overlooking the pristine beaches just outside The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Burtka is not only a Broadway star, but a trained chef, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, who has worked with chefs like Mario Batali, Cat Cora and Thomas Keller. Harris, the Emmy Award-winning television star who has also appeared on the coveted Time 100 list and one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year, is also known as a theatre personality and director – a winning combination of accolades which has brought him into homes nationwide multiple times as the host of the Tony Awards, Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. The scene for casual luxury on the Gold Coast set inside the city’s first AAA Five Diamond hotel, the newly renovated property will be the perfect spot to get down with brunch and a Bloody Mary. More than a dozen of Broward’s best joints will serve of freshly elevated brunch fare to set your tastebuds in motion. Whether you were out late the night before or haven’t yet gone to bed, we’re certain this will be the perfect way to savor Sunday by the beach!

Tickets: $175. Buy here

Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market

Help us close out SOBEWFF’s sweet 16 by dancing the night away and noshing on innovative Asian fare! For the second time, we’ve tapped good friend and James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, who is widely regarded as one of the most versatile, knowledgeable and “bizarre” personalities in the food world, Andrew Zimmern to host the occasion. Dance the night away to beats from live entertainment presented by Menin Hospitality, including Miami-based acoustic pop-rock artist Carly Jo Jackson, and enjoy interactive games brought to you by Ricky’s. Fill up to the brim with sushi, dumplings, dim sum and a variety of other unique eats while sipping on special libations paired specially for these flavorful bites.

Tickets: $85. Buy here

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