"The festival has an amazing reputation; we couldn't be happier that it's become one of the country's premiere yearly events. Our ticket revenue is about 10% higher than last year, but we held back more tickets for the re-release in January and are thrilled to still have some available for people to attend," quoth festival founder and director Lee Schrager. So right this moment, you can not only still score tix to the BubbleQ beachside at the Delano (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), but some of the festivals edgier events still have available seats as well. That means you could enjoy an up-close-and-personal evening with a rising Food Network star while sampling some of the countrys most luscious cuisine. Advantage: consumer.
If youre in the mood to be overwhelmed, theres the Grand Tasting Village, open this weekend on the sand at 13th Street and Ocean Drive. For super-affordable fun, bring the kiddies to Fun and Fit as a Family at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami). $20 plus tax and youve got a whole day to nosh and mingle with folks like Rachael Ray and Tyler Florence. To contrast that, tonight theres ¡Viva España! a $1000 dinner in the Country Club Ballroom at The Biltmore (1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables). Sounds too stuffy for your taste? For $60 you can enjoy Sundays "Pick-Me-Up's, Eye Openers, or A Little Hair of the Dog," a $60 lesson led by master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim at the Poinciana Ballroom (Room 2, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Visit www.sobewineandfoodfest.com.
Feb. 19-22, 2009