Indulge At the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

By Erica Greenfield

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For most of us, living in Miami requires a healthy lifestyle.   A challenging fitness routine and healthy diet are key when you live in one of the world’s most seductive cities, but occasionally we all need to indulge.  Luckily for us, one of our favorite culinary events is upon us— the South Beach Wine and Food Festival .

Presented by FOOD & WINE, this four-day epicurean affair is a star-studded event featuring the world’s most talent wine and spirit producers, chefs and culinary personalities. If you’ve ever dreamed of chowing down on burgers with Rachael Ray or chatting it up with Bobby Flay, then this is the event for you!

Running February 19 -22, here are some of the signature SOBEWFF events that are not to be missed!

AMSTEL LIGHT BURGER BASH

The Ritz Carlton, Friday February 20; 7:30PM-10:30PM

Cheeseburgers in paradise!  Rachael Ray hosts her 9th annual Burger Bash on the beautiful beaches of South Beach.  More than 25 of the country’s top burger maestros will put their best burger forward so we can decide who wins the coveted title of Amstel Light People’s Choice Award.

NUTRISH’S YAPPIE HOUR

The Standard Spa, Saturday February 21; 4PM-6PM

This is not your average happy hour.  Presented by BarkBox and hosted by Rachael Ray, this cocktail party is exclusively for canines and their companions.  Equipped with an interactive photo booth and paw-perfect activities, dogs will enjoy delicious snacks and treats while overlooking Biscayne Bay.  Food and beverages will also be provided to their humans.  A portion of event proceeds will go to Rachael’s Rescue, benefitting the local non-profit organization Fairy Tails Adoptions.

CAKE DECORATING MASTER CLASS

St. Regis Bal Harbour, Saturday February 21; 10AM-12PM

Amateur pastry chefs can rejoice because you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the “Queen of Cakes” herself, Sylvia Weinstock.   Join the dame of cakes for a private tutorial on cake decorating.  The celebrity pastry chef has been creating edible works of art for 30 years and will provide a lucky select few with her personal tips for creating a dazzling cake.  Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

WHOLE FOODS MARKET GRAND TASTING VILLAGE

13TH Street & Ocean Drive, Saturday February 21 and Sunday February 22; 12 PM- 5PM

Go big or go home.   For $225 per person, foodies can enter a world devoted to sampling mouth-watering cuisine, carefully crafted spirits and wines and watch your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs demonstrate their talents first-hand.  Fans will also have the opportunity to celebrate local cuisine, as participating restaurants will represent distinct districts from all over Miami, including Wynwood, Brickell, South Beach and Coral Gables.

With over 60 events to choose from there’s no shortage of ways to please your palette and treat yourself this weekend!  We’re getting hungry just thinking about it!  Bon appétit, Miami!

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