Tuesday, July 23, 2024

South Beach Wine & Food Festival Hits With the Stars Again

Neil Patrick Harris will not be hosting the Oscars next year. Well, probably not. Because he’s scheduled to be at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, at noon, on Feb. 26 (Academy Award day), with David Burtka for the Bloody Mary Brunch event. It’s part of the Taste Fort Lauderdale series that started in 2016 (when Robert Irvine kicked it off) and proved there was a large audience north of SoBe that wanted fun in their back yard, too.

So fest folks listened and increased it to seven events planned between 7 p.m., Feb. 22, when Chef Anne Burrell kicks off the Fort Lauderdale series at the Bonnet House ($135 per person), and the fun-in-the-sun with host-with-the-most Harris and Burtka on Feb. 26. You know being around NPH and food and Bloody Marys is going to be a scream.

In between those two events is a dinner hosted by Amanda Freitag and Angelo Elia (Feb. 23, $250), a dinner hosted by Raul Esparza, Marc Murphy and Chris Miracolo (Feb. 23, $250), a clambake hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne Oz, Tiffani Thiessen and Geoffrey Zakarian (Feb. 24, $250), a DRINK Fort Lauderdale tasting (Feb. 24, $95), and a North Carolina sisterhood dinner, hosted by Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Andrea Reusing, Gavin Pera and Ryan Cross (Feb. 25, $250).

And then, of course, there are all the South Beach activities planned. Far too many to mention – more than 90 throughout the fest — so take a stroll tohttp://sobefest.com/events/ and get ready to buy tickets when they go on sale Oct. 24.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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