The prospect to satisfy movie star cooks, style superb meals, sip superb drink and, in fact, marvel on the ocean – it’s all half and parcel of visiting South Seashore for the Wine & Meals Pageant in February. We welcome author Tracy Block to RealFoodTraveler.com, offering us with the last word information to taking all of it in.
When you’re a veteran meals and wine fanatic in want of a heat, mid-winter escape, there is just one remedy for the craving: The famed Meals Community & Cooking Channel South Seashore Wine and Meals Pageant (SOBEWFF). In February of 2019, the 18th installment of this world-renowned, five-day pageant unfolded, from the long-lasting sands of South Seashore to the landmark seashores of Fort Lauderdale.
Greater than 100 occasions, from movie star chef-hosted dinners to tented
informal tastings, present an tour for each urge for food. Nevertheless, with 65,000
attendees flocking to the seaside soiree’s many affiliated venues, the
enterprise can appear intimidating to hungry and thirsty newbies, alike. Now
that there’s loads of time to e-book your SOBEWFF 2020 eating and imbibing
journey, contemplate our final information as your digital concierge to the
Schedule Your Keep at
Official Host Lodge: Loews Miami Seashore
SOBEWFF takes place throughout high-season in Miami, so if in case you have the funds to splurge there’s, hands-down, no higher locale than the official host, Loews Miami Seashore Lodge. Throughout SOBEWFF, the lodge is at capability with business movers and shakers, superstar cooks and hardcore foodies. So, the prospect that you’ll rub elbows with Emeril Lagasse, Man Fieri and Martha Stewart all through your keep is probably going, however attempt to maintain your cool – like a cucumber mojito.
In case you can’t safe a canine sitter on your pup, fret not; Loews Loves Pets! Not solely are you able to spoil your pup rotten with gourmand pet food by way of room service (Bow Wow Tenderloin of Beef is the upscale chow of Fido’s goals), however you’ll be able to even snag a ticket to the pageant’s onsite, dog-friendly Yappie Hour occasion, which is an added perk, past every day walks by the seashore!
Rooms and suites are trendy and comfy, wearing earthy
hues, with views of the town or the ocean. Want some privateness? Click on on the “Do
Not Disturb” button, which sends discover to lodge employees, in addition to passersby.
Have to reply a number of emails? A workspace nook with USB and Wi-Fi entry will
get you thru your to-do listing (whereas sporting a snug Chadswith & Haig
gown, should you so select), so you will get to closing your laptop computer – for good.
In case you are prepared for a noon pick-me-up, for caffeine, there’s chilly brew from Panther Espresso on faucet at Miami Joe Espresso Co. Nevertheless, even when it isn’t but 5 o’clock in Miami, there’s all the time an keen bartender able to pour you one thing festive at Bar Collins, simply past foyer. Because the solar is probably going shining, a subject journey to the pool ought to most undoubtedly be so as. Iconic palm timber border the breezy hall to the gorgeous, spacious poolscape, which options a mixture of lounges, daybeds and cabanas. In case you are feeling like a V.I.P., having fun with a frozen drink, a glass of bubbly, or considered one of each, on the elevated, centered cabana platform is the perfect spot in the home.
Though you’ll search sustenance on the gluttonous lineup of occasions forward, you’ll discover solace in understanding you’ll be able to bask in recent sushi/sashimi and native catches at Lure Fishbar, or informal al fresco eats at Nautilus, like combined Florida ceviche and finger-lickin’-good curry-glazed wings. Aspect Notice: Hold an eye fixed out for festival-themed candy treats within the foyer, like ‘Burger Bash’ French macarons!
When the time involves hit the pageant, your property base is
conveniently settled between the North Tent (which hosts signature night
occasions Thursday by means of Sunday) and the Grand Tasting Tents (that are open to
designated ticketholders Saturday and Sunday). Official occasions additionally happen
at lodge swimming pools up and down Miami Seashore. Situated at 16th Road and
Collins Avenue, Loews offers straightforward walkability to those that plan on attending
the Miami core of SOBEWFF. (Understand that something in Fort Lauderdale will
require a minimum of an hour or extra of lead time, in addition to securing a journey.) In
addition, the Loews hosts a handful of recurring occasions, from the shuckin’
superior Oyster Bash to the tantalizing Tacos After Darkish late-night, which makes
the lodge an much more appropriate selection for attendees of its occasion roster.
Learn how to Plan Your Schedule at South Seashore for the Wine & Meals Pageant
Relating to hand-selecting the occasions to make up your
SOBEWFF expertise, the listing may be daunting, to say the least. “Don’t overdue
it!” says pageant founder Lee Schrager. “In case you are coming for the primary time,
you need to go to the Grand Tasting to see it, you need to select a signature
North Tent occasion, a seated dinner and a late-night.”
In an effort to maintain issues recent and thrilling for SOBEWFF
regulars, nevertheless, the calendar of occasions does change annually. Nevertheless, there
are “Signature Occasions” which have solidified their presence, which makes it a lot
simpler to construct a robust basis. Going by Schrager’s recommendation, right here is a few
steerage to issue into your planning.
Grand Tasting: As
the pageant continues to evolve, you’ll be able to all the time rely on the Grand Tasting to
anchor your weekend. With a smaller Friday presence open to commerce, solely, it’s
likelier you’ll cease by this beachside buffet with bottomless booze – from
beer to vino to liquor galore – interactive sponsorship buildouts and branded
goodies, and naturally, superstar chef demos, on Saturday and/or Sunday. Open
from 11 a.m. to five p.m., you’ll have loads of time to discover this indulgent grownup
playground. For Sunday festival-goers, you’ll doubtless have entry to the mid-tasting-tent
David Grutman Expertise, the place the native nightlife and restaurant purveyor
hosts a beachside dance get together, full with well-known home DJ, within the later afternoon
Signature North Tent
Occasion: Each cultured eater has a favourite taste. Whether or not it’s Italian
Bites on the Seashore (Thursday), Burger Bash (Friday), Beachside BBQ (Saturday)
or Bacardi’s Beachside Carnival (Sunday), you merely can’t go fallacious when it
involves beach-bound tastings. Every night time additionally hosts a rotating sponsored beverage
roster, together with stay leisure to maintain the plenty on their ft. Hold in
thoughts that the North Tent hosts four,000 friends every night, so arriving early –
or buying preview tickets, when out there – provides you with an early-bird
style earlier than the strains develop lengthy.
Seated Dinner: The intimate dinners of SOBEWFF have gained reputation over the previous few years,
as a result of they supply a close-knit eating expertise unparallel to the
large-scale tasting tents. Sometimes, movie star cooks workforce up with native cooks
(at their eating places) for course-alternating, prix-fixe menus. In 2019,
collaborations included Daniel Boulud with Barbara Lynch and Adam Perry Lang,
Michael Schwartz with Tyler Florence, Anne Burrell with Angelo Elia, and a
stand-alone dine from Giada De Laurentiis. Professional
Tip: You actually can’t go incorrect with an intimate dinner; merely choose your
dream chef(s), and plan for an distinctive meal.
Late-Night time: After
the North Tent closes down, the get together hardly stops! From Thursday night time by way of
Saturday night time, there’s listing of late-nights desperate to host you. The
long-running Tacos After Darkish (again at Loews) sells out shortly, whereas the Artwork
of Tiki (on the Kimpton Surfcomber Lodge) pits bartenders towards one different to
identify a prized pour – and there’s loads of pork and poke, as well! Nonetheless, the
annul dessert get together sweetens up Saturday night time, with a rotating host and venue,
and a sinful number of confections.
Honorable Mentions: For
positive wine aficionados and self-proclaimed meals snobs, Wine Spectator’s Better of
the Greatest at Fontainebleau is looking for you Friday night time! Acclaimed cooks and
wineries from across the U.S. ship the best components and probably the most
unique pours. For these looking for family-friendly festivities, Enjoyable and Match as
a Household at Jungle Island is hands-on within the Kidz Kitchen. Lively attendees can
work off a number of the pageant injury at Buddhas & Bellinis and Bootcamp
& Bites, whereas college students can brush up on their information and expertise with new
cooking courses and wine seminars.
Ticket Packages: If
you have got a development you are attempting to chase, there are numerous ticket packages to
contemplate. Bundles assure your tickets to a number of occasions, and supply a set
proportion of financial savings. Attempt the Seashore Bash Package deal, which supplies entry to all
4 North Tent occasions, or the GTV Weekend Package deal, for a double-dose of the
Grand Tasting Village. (Since packages rotate by calendar and development, make certain
to peruse the pageant’s choices a while within the early fall.)
What to Do Throughout Your Downtime
Should you can muster the power – and you must – there’s a lot to discover round Miami Seashore! Inside your yard, at Loews, you possibly can examine into your very personal wellness retreat on the acclaimed Exhale Miami South Seashore, to start out. A state-of-the-art health middle will help you burn a few of these amassed energy. In case you are into group health, Exhale is understood for its courses, from Barre and Yoga to HIIT and Cardio Blast. If you end up in a pampering frame of mind, a fusion therapeutic massage will chill out and restore, whereas a real facial will revitalize and rejuvenate. Nonetheless, there are acupuncture, cupping and acu-organ detox remedies for progressive wellness devotees.
For a beachside journey that goes past sunning, one can find loads of alternatives to lease jetskis and stand-up paddle boards, or SUPS, though Biscayne Bay (on the westside of Miami Seashore) offers calmer waters and a quieter setting, in comparison with the ocean waves.
Buying on Lincoln Street is a good way to get your retail remedy repair, and is only one block from the Loews. And, ensure to hit historic Espanola Method alongside your stroll.
Artwork additionally abounds on Miami Seashore, the place you possibly can peruse modern reveals on the Bass Museum for a nominal charge. Or, take a stroll as much as Faena, and discover revolutionary and immerse works that goal to bridge the Americas.
As all the time, there’s a bustling nightlife scene that’s alive and properly in South Seashore. For respected DJs, make your option to world-class, mega membership LIV, whereas Basement Miami (on the Miami Seashore EDITION), offers a extra close-knit expertise. For divey vibes, bookmark Purdy Lounge or the oldest bar in Miami, Mac’s Membership Deuce Bar, for late-night antics, and Damaged Shaker for an creative, but laid-back toast to finish your weekend proper!
All of this will likely sound formidable, and positively, SOBEWFF is your prime precedence. So, in case you are unable to discover Miami Seashore past the countless pageant smorgasbord, there’s all the time subsequent time – and, maybe, yet one more final information!
Meals Community’s South Seashore Wine & Wine Pageant occurs February 19-23, 2020. Comply with #SOBEWFF and verify with us to know when tickets go on sale.
— Story by Tracy Block