The South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SBWFF), which takes place Feb. 19 – 22 in Miami, is a highlight on the food world’s calendar. This year the annual event, which is now in its 14th year, is making some changes to its signature events, as well as adding some completely new foodie experiences.
Small but significant changes to the Grand Tasting Village (with tasting tents and culinary demonstrations), will probably be most apparent to SBWFF regulars, who are sure to note new additions, such as the new space layouts, expanded guest access, and including new space layouts, expanded guest access, and an inaugural class of “Culinary Captains,” hosted by local chefs, such as Timon Balloo of Sugarcane and Tim Andriola of Timo and Basil Park, who have each been selected to represent a different South Florida neighborhood.
Other new additions for 2015, include the festival’s first-ever “Yappie Hour,” hosted by television personality Rachael Ray. Here, guests will be able to snack and sip alongside their four-legged friends. Meanwhile, Emeril Lagasse will judge the fest’s first ever cocktail competition, “The Art of Tiki.” This year, the grilling event that has previously been known as “The Q” will become “Meatopia,” where everything is required to be cooked over an open flame.
In total, SBWFF will offer over 75 different events, including burger bashes, cake decorating classes, wine seminars and a dessert party hosted by cronut connoisseur Dominique Ansel. Chefs and television food personalities in attendance will include José Andrés, Daniel Boulud, Michael Chiarello, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Michael Voltaggio and Celebrity Cruises Global Insider Marc Murphy.
Celebrity Cruises fans should keep an eye out for our special event, All Aboard: Backyard BBQ at Sea