The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) is pleased to unveil its line-up of more than 90 events taking place February 21 – 25, 2018. Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.
Continuing its expansion into Broward County, with the return of the CRAVE Fort Lauderdale Series, is a star-studded line-up of talent.
The festivities happen in two major places: on South Beach, of course, and for the third year, in Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale Series of celebrity chef shindigs has proved popular, and some of us who prefer shorter drive times are very happy about that.
BBQ Dinner Hosted by Chris Lilly and Jorge Ramos
Craving some good ol’ comfort food? Join barbecue aficionados, Chris Lilly and Jorge Ramos at the recently opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale to kickoff the third annual Fort Lauderdale SOBEWFF series. Get your hands on an array of barbecue classics, including comfort sides, slow-roasted meats and decadent desserts.
Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.; $200; 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Clambake Hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos
BAM! Join celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and Conrad Fort Lauderdale chef Jorge Ramos under the SOBEWFF’s signature white tent with sweeping views of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The intimate Broward County affair will feature seasonal seafood and an array of wine and spirits. Once the sun sets, Charm City Cakes founder Duff Goldman will showcase samples of his iconic sweets.
Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.; $200; 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Women of Syria Dinner Hosted by Alon Shaya and Ingrid Hoffman
Join Chef Alon Shaya, a James Beard Foundation award winner, and Colombian-American TV personality and author Ingrid Hoffmann at the Broward Center for Performing Arts as they bring an unforgettable food experience to SOBEWFF. Taste and learn about the heritage of Syrian refugees during this family style dinner prepared by two organizations dedicated to supporting Syrian refugees: Denver’s Comal Heritage Food Incubator and Miami’s Syrian Supper Club.
Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.; $200; 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Lucky Chopsticks Hosted by Andrew Zimmern
Grab your chopsticks and come ready to get your grub on at this signature outdoor event hosted for the first time in Fort Lauderdale. Andrew Zimmern, famed chef known for his TV series “Bizarre Foods,” will liven up the crowd during this rooftop, Asian street market-inspired event held at W Fort Lauderdale. Did we mention there will be ample amounts of sushi and dumplings in attendance?
Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.; $125; 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Champagne of Victors: G.H. Mumm and a History of Innovation
Looking to expand your Champagne knowledge? This seminar at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will dive into the history of world-renowned G.H. Mumm Champagne, exploring 200 years of winemaking in Europe.
Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.; $125; 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Frederick Wildman Wine Seminar
The acclaimed New York-based fine wine and spirits importer will showcase its collection at the upcoming SOBEWFF. Sample wines and learn about the vision of the founder, Frederick Wildman. The event will be held at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m.; $85; 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour Hosted by Kristin Cavallari
Pinkies out! Join TV star and True Roots cookbook author Kristin Cavallari for a rosé rooftop party at the W Fort Lauderdale. Nosh on bites while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m.; $75; 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Dinner: A Culinary Adventure
Wine and dine at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale’s Burlock Coast for an epic culinary adventure. Head chef Paula DaSilva, alongside chefs from The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Miami, Key Biscayne and Orlando locations, will bring their talents to the table to showcase the Sunshine State.
Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.; $175; One North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Grand Bloody Mary Brunch Hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Aarón Sánchez
Longtime Food Network stars Geoffrey Zakarian and Aarón Sánchez bring a whole new meaning to Sunday brunch at Zakarian’s latest restaurant, Point Royal, located inside The Diplomat Beach Resort. Sip on Bloody Mary’s while perusing an assortment of brunch goodies, such as a dessert room, raw bar and suckling pig.
Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.; $150; 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
And there’s a lot more. For the full list and to buy tickets, visit sobewff.org.