Eating in the Street

Lined with big oak trees, well-decorated shops, and tons of beautiful locals (as well as plenty of lobster-looking tourists), Las Olas Boulevard is one of the most idyllic streets in South Florida -- definitely in Fort Lauderdale. As visually pleasing as it may be, it's also a foodie destination; it hosts more high-end restaurants than any other area in town. On Friday, all those fancy-pants eateries are taking to the streets. Premier Beverage is hosting the American Lung Association's 19th-annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., the festival is taking over four blocks of the famed boulevard. The event features more than 70 local restaurants and at least 45 tables offering wines and craft brews. Back to the fest this year is the Bombay Sapphire Gin lounge, with a chic and relaxing ambiance for those looking to sip on cocktails rather than wine. Another return is the Shellback Caribbean Hut, which features samples of rum drinks. The last cocktail option is the inaugural New Amsterdam Shave Lounge, a turn-of-the-century-themed barbershop and bar that will offer free razor shaves, shoeshines, and, obviously, vodka cocktails. A new La Marca Lounge with a photo booth will give out glasses of prosecco. Tickets cost $100 per person. The Las Olas Wine and Food Festival takes place on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-727-0907, or visit
Fri., May 2, 7:30-10 p.m., 2014
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Sara Ventiera