This year, Florida was rated the most dangerous state for pedestrians. Crosswalks here can be as treacherous as coal walks. But every once in a while, the pedestrians get to take back control. This years Las Olas Wine and Food Festival closes off much of downtown Fort Lauderdale so people can wander free of cars, imbibing bucketloads of alcohol and eating ungodly amounts of food. (Lets forget about the drive home.)
At 6 p.m., the VIP reception kicks off at the Riverside Hotel: The $225-per-person tickets get you into the Culinary Couture Fashion Show, a free bottle of wine, and that all-important feeling of importance. But the real excitement is at the street fair at 7:30 p.m., where theres unlimited sampling from 60 tables of restaurant food and 40 tables of wines and microbrews. Gorge yourself while listening to live music. Tickets cost $75, and proceeds benefit lungs specifically, the American Lung Association. Even though the fest takes over the streets, you can find the entrance on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-524-4657, or visit lasolaswineandfood.com.
Sat., May 15, 6 p.m., 2010