Food Fiesta

Mustering forth with the bold manifesto to eat, drink and educate, Feb. 21-25 sees the Food Network & Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival once more erupt on our shores.
text by Ryan Jarrell | April 16, 2018 | Lifestyle

Presenting an artful array of seasoned stand-bys and some bold new events sure to impress, the 17th Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival is sure to satiate, in all areas, even the most jaded of festival-goer. Featuring a seriously star-studded array of celebrity chefs (Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray and chart-topping rapper and classically trained cook Action Bronson, to name just a few) and a seemingly endless selection of demos, tastings, classes and meals, the Sobe WFF will once again cement its status as the premiere wine & food-focused party in paradise;

Excited to venture into your first food fest, but worried you might make a fearful faux pas? We’ve collected a few timely tips to help you navigate a gastro-fair with grace.

Do your homework: Don’t just waltz in. Make sure you take a careful look over the festival lineup and realistically coordinate where you want to be and when. Taking a little time to schedule could make the difference between having a good time and having an unforgettable experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Casual fest day: While everyone (and we mean everyone) in Miami likes to look their particular type of fashion-forward, the truth is, a festival whose main draw is a slew of super sauces and a carefully curated array of red wines is not the place to make a fashion statement. Dress in something comfortable that you don’t mind staining, including footwear, and you’re sure to have a much better time.

Patience makes perfect: While it’s natural to want to indulge in every choice vintage you encounter, if you want to make this a festival to remember through more means than embarrassing social media shots, make sure to pace yourself. If day-drinking, try sticking to a light rosé or white wine, and eat a moderately hearty lunch to absorb the buzz. Doing so while sustain your stimulation for what is sure to be an interesting night cap.