The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21 – 25, 2018. This year, those with an appetite for enjoying good eats paired with high-energy beats have a variety of events to choose from. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis – America’s beloved queen of Italian cuisine is back at the Festival to celebrate the release of her latest cookbook Giada’s Italy (Clarkson Potter, April 2018). Giada will play host to more than 30 chefs serving up authentic Italian fare with traditional roots and new twists while guests sip on Mezza di Mezzacorona’s Italian Glacial Bubbly and estate-grown wines from Mezzacorona’s Trentino vineyards. To top it all off, multi-platinum and Grammy nominated group Smash Mouth will treat attendees to a live musical performance presented by Magic City Casino.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
BACARDÍ presents Walshy Fire’s Rum & Bass Beach Party – A taste of the Caribbean comes to the beach with Jamaican-American DJ Walshy Fire & Friends at the second annual rum-centric soirée in the sand. Sip on refreshing libations while swaying to reggae-inspired beats, plus sounds by special guest DJ Irie. Guests will also enjoy bites from 20 South Florida chefs who will dish up late-night snacks.
Sweet-Moves: Late-Night Desserts & Dancing hosted by Bobby & Sophie Flay – The dynamic dad and daughter duo Bobby and Sophie Flay will play host to more than a dozen chefs and tastemakers serving up sweet treats. Guests will enjoy the late-night sugar rush while drinking wines and libations and hit the dance floor for sweet beats provided by HBFIT founder and popular DJ Hannah Bronfman.
Midnight Munchies: An Española Way Block Party presented by Thrillist hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Action Bronson – Nestled in South Beach’s Art Deco district, the two-block pedestrian-friendly corridor known as Española Way will host its first Festival event. World-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongertichten will serve as the evening’s host while Action Bronsondishes up his signature beats. More than 15 South Florida hotspots will dish up sweet, salty and savory bites to satisfy guests’ midnight cravings while imbibing in carefully crafted wine, beer and spirits.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
David Grutman Experience at Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village – The Festival has partnered once again with nightlife and hospitality guru David Grutman to transform the courtyard between our signature Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents into one of his famous over-the-top curated experiences. Guests will sample pours from more than 80 of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits suppliers and bites from more than 50 restaurants from across South Florida. Additionally, attendees can sink their toes into the sands of South Beach while listing to beats from popular local DJs and featured sounds by ALESSO powered by N1CE Cocktails.
Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $37 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.