Table Talk: South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris, & Masaharu Morimoto at Heineken Light's Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival / Photo by Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com

Chefs whom we idolize—either from our couch or from a nearby table—are teaming up with wineries, branded spirits and celebrities to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on May 20-23. What has made the festival such an iconic South Florida event is its ability to bring us all together on a mouthwatering journey with its slew of unique events. So whether you’re looking forward to the wine tastings, celebrity chef sightings or signature events, they’re all back this year along with a refreshed retro experience.

Thoroughly addressing the pandemic was essential to organizers who have worked diligently to create an event that makes our wellbeing a top priority while still maintaining the festival’s essence. COVID safety protocols will be followed at all events, and that includes mandatory masks, antibacterial stations and social distancing. All events will be reduced to 50 percent or less of the venue’s capacity, per current Miami-Dade County guidelines. On-site check-in will be contactless, and staff will be subject to health screenings at each event. Most events (with the exception of the Wine Seminar Series) will be outside with plenty of space for social distancing. Larger events will host two separate sessions to regulate attendance numbers and allow for proper sanitation between sittings.

The Grand Tasting Village tents on the powdery sands of South Beach are back, as is the juicy Burger Bash hosted by Bobby Flay and the Tribute Dinner, which will honor Giada De Laurentiis (host of Italian Bites on the Beach). Thomas Keller and Manuel Echeverri will treat guests to an unforgettable dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, while Aarón Sánchez and Cindy Hutson host a dinner at Cervecería La Tropical. The festival is also bringing a beloved vintage event out of retirement, the effervescent Champagne BubbleQ, hosted by Guy Fieri this year.

Festival events will be held in Miami, with the exception of Rocco DiSpirito and Fabio Viviani’s dinner at Riviera by Fabio Viviani in Fort Lauderdale and the Hallandale Beach Event Series. Hallandale Beach events include a dinner hosted by Jet Tila and Davide D’Agostino at ETARU Hallandale, the Hallandale Beach Food & Groove: A Wine, Food and Art Experience at Village at Gulfstream Pegasus Park, and the JW Marriott Miami Resort & Spa dinner hosted by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Michael Mina and Gabriel Fenton.

For the full schedule and pricing, visit sobewff.org.


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This story is from the May/June 2021 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.