If you are planning a trip to Miami this weekend or you are already in the beautiful South Beach (lucky you!) you may want to visit us at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the Festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. To date, the Festival has raised more than $18 million for the School.
Going into its 13th year, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE began as a one-day festival known as the Florida Extravaganza held at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. For five years, from 1997-2001, the Florida Extravaganza showcased wines from national and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants and chefs working with students of FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. In 2002, Lee Brian Schrager, then director of Special Events and Media Relations at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, took the reigns of the one-day festival and brought his vision for the festival to life by relocating it to South Beach. The renamed South Beach Wine & Food Festival® attracted close to 7,000 guests to a series of dinners, seminars, a Grand Tasting Village and live Auction in its first year. The following year, the Festival grew, attracting close to 10,000 people and garnered extensive national media coverage. In 2004, with the addition of a number of events and a revamping of the program, the Festival doubled in size and attracted more than 20,000 guests to the three-day event.
In addition, 55,000 guests helped the Festival acheive ticket sales garnering more than $2.4 million for FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Marketing and public relations also grew in media impressions, while showcasing events such as the 10th anniversary Let Them Eat Cake celebration in the 1111 Lincoln Road location, Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach and Tribute Dinner honoring Alain Ducasse.
will partecipate at Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray with an innovative Neapolitan Pizza Burger [Friday, Feb 21 | 7:30PM - 10:30PM] and at Best of The Munchies People’s Choice Food Awards presented by PepsiCo hosted by Andrew Zimmern [Sunday, Feb 23 | 6:00PM- 9:00PM].