The South Beach Wine & Food Festival will celebrate its 22nd year. It’s one of the most popular food festivals in the country. One of its major sponsors is the popular TV channel Food Network.
And I would guess another reason the event is always sold-out is that it runs this year from February 23, - February 26, 2023. And who wouldn’t want to spend four days in the Sunshine State, when it’s currently 82 degrees from my perch on Ocean Drive.
The event’s founder and top executive Lee Brian Schrager ever present on the scene is expecting 60,000 visitors this year says, "We're going into the best years of the festival. The level of talent and the support of the community is better than it's ever been."
Our mission today is the same as when we started in our first year, to shine a spotlight on the local chefs that are putting Miami on the world's culinary map."Long before Nobu or Thomas Keller or Fabio Trabocchi opened restaurants here, they saw how great Miami is. It's been a boomerang effect. Miami is no longer a seasonal place. It's busy all year round," says Schrager.
Four of the events expecting big numbers are and with a lineup is way too packed to fully do justice to here, but to whet your appetite, here are a few highlighted events that still had tickets available at press time. Check the full schedule here.
- Burger Bash – Emeril Lagasse emcees this throwdown tonight while celebrity judges including Robert Irvine, Nicole Gates, Jawan Strader, and Dave Portnoy pick the winner. Tickets are $325.
- FoodieCon takes place Saturday at Loews hotel with more social media influencers than you can shake a corncob at, plus various interactive, Instagrammable goings-on. General admission is $95.
- Sunday, Mashama Bailey, who has won the James Beard award for Outstanding Chef and been called the "the most important chef in America" by Financial Times, hosts a jazz brunch at Loews hotel. $195.
- Graze all Sunday on samples under the tents at the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village. General admission tickets cost $265.
What's Included in the South Beach Sunset Walking Dinner Tour
The South Beach Sunset Walking Dinner starts with a get-acquainted Margarita at a tikki bar overlooking Biscayne Bay and welcomes the evening's sunset. We’ll have a local Latin-flavored chicken empanada, a shrimp empanada followed by a seafood taco, and homemade Italian gelato for dessert. Tour costs $75.00 per person and includes food and beverages. Tour begins at 5pm and ends at 7pm.
In addition, we’ll visit well-known attractions; the South Point Pier, where our famous beach and Key Biscayne meet. Our next spot to visit is Nikki Beach, a beautiful beach resort, and walk through the famed Art Deco district. Our last stop on the tour will be the Versace Mansion.