Food Festivals

SoBeWFF: Tickets Still Available for These Events

There's no denying that the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is South Florida's premier foodie event. The four-day festival turns Miami into one giant celebrity-chef mosh pit -- where the likes of Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, Emeril Lagasse, and Rachael Ray all come together to mingle with fans and one another.

Even though tickets are pricey (one day at the Grand Tasting Village will cost you $225), they still sell out months in advance, with some events like Paula Deen's Gospel Brunch selling out back in October, when tickets first went on sale.

If you acted late, there are still tickets available to certain seminars and parties. Hint: If there's an event you're interested in, we suggest you act quickly. 

For more information on each event and to purchase tickets, click here. Here's a list of events that were still available as of today:

Saturday, February 25

Wine Spectator Wine Seminar, Series A ($150)
10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
The Perry South Beach Hotel
The emphasis is on pinot noirs and Sauvignon Blancs at this interactive seminar. Taste eight different wines from the Marlborough region.

Florida Blue presents Fun and Fit as a family sponsored by Carnival featuring Kellogg's ($20)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jungle Island
This kid-friendly event is perfect if you have an aspiring Top Chef in your house. Kids will be able to play with their food at interactive exhibits. Celebrity chefs making appearances on Saturday include Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and Robert Irvine. At $20, it's a cheap way for adults to enjoy a day at the festival too.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminars ($85 - $110)

(start times vary)
Miami Beach Convention Center

11 a.m. - American Cheese with Laura Werlin & Anthony Giglio ($85)

American wine and cheese is no longer the subject of jokes. Sample eight artisanal cheeses and six domestic wines. 

5 p.m. - Momofuku Milk Bar Desserts with Christina Tosi ($110)

Sample five of Christina Tosi's insanely creative desserts from New York's famous Momofuku Milk Bar, including celery root ganache and black pepper shortcake. Desserts are paired with dessert wines selected by master sommelier Andrea Robinson.

Sunday, February 26

Florida Blue presents Fun and Fit as a family sponsored by Carnival featuring Kellogg's ($20)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jungle Island
Sunday's celebrity chefs include Sunny Anderson, Andrew Zimmern, and Michelle Bernstein. At $20, it's the cheapest ticket in town, kid or no kid.

Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village ($225)
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
13th Street and Ocean Drive
More than 200 wineries, spirits makers, and restaurants vie for your attention at this extravaganza of food and booze. Celebrities abound, so bring a camera and some comfortable shoes if you go. Celebrities conducting demos and seminars include Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, Bobby Flay, and Robert Irvine.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminars ($85 - $110)

(start times vary)

Miami Beach Convention Center

1 p.m. - Talking With My Mouth Full with Gail Simmons and Josh Wesson ($85)

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons pairs her own recipes with Josh Wesson's wine picks at this seminar based on her new memoir.

3 p.m. - Foods and Fine Wines of the Rich and Famous with Ariane Daguin & Andrea Robinson ($85)

Eat like royalty at this wine and food pairing, which features foie gras, pâté, venison, and truffles.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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