When South Beach Wine & Food Festival launched its inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale Series last February, culinary celebrities like Robert Irvine and the cast of "Chopped" took to the town.
Now that the festival has released its 2017 lineup, we can get excited about even more celebs coming to Fort Lauderdale for the 16th annual event, which returns Feb. 22 through Feb. 26.
Two newcomers to the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series sure to turn heads? Actor Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka, who is host of Cooking Channel's "Celebrity Dish" and new Food Network show "Life's a Party," which premieres next week. They'll be taking over for the "Chopped" cast as this year's hosts of the Bloody Mary Brunch held at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale.
New to the festival series this year is DRINK Fort Lauderdale, the area's first late-night party, which will be hosted in FAT Village. Attendees will be able to explore downtown Fort Lauderdale's night owl culture, sauntering through the arts and technology hub while sipping on craft cocktails and noshing from a selection of South Florida food trucks and carts.
Chef Anne Burrell will host the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series' kickoff event, Seaside Eats, at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Broward County will also play host to four intimate dinners featuring top local and celebrity chefs.
The full Taste Fort Lauderdale lineup is below:
- Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.; Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens ($135)
- Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; Dinner hosted by Amanda Freitag and Angelo Elia at Casa D'Angelo ($250)
- Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; Dinner hosted by Marc Murphy and Chris Miracolo at Sun Surf & Sand Restaurant ($250)
- Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.; Dinner hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne Oz, Tiffani Thiessen, & Geoffrey Zakarian at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood ($250)
- Friday, Feb. 24, 10 p.m.; DRINK Fort Lauderdale in FAT Village ($95)
- Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: A North Carolina Sisterhood: Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Andrea Reusing, Gavin Pera, & Ryan Cross at Burlock Coast ($250)
- Sunday, Feb. 26, noon: Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale ($175)
Returning festival favorites beyond Fort Lauderdale include Rachael Ray's Burger Bash, Italian Bites on the Beach and the Grand Tasting Village down in South Beach.
SOBEWFF will also bring plenty of new events to enjoy, including a live trivia game Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri that will pit Food Network and Cooking Channel stars against each other in a "Family Feud"-style competition; a Kosher barbecue dinner with Alon Shaya, whose namesake Israeli restaurant holds the current James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the U.S.; and a Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats late-night party with the duo behind Bar Lab, everyone's favorite The Salty Donut, and new American dim-sum eatery Sarsparilla Club.
Tickets will go on sale to the public at midnight on Oct. 24.
To check out the complete schedule, visit sobefest.com.