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Compass E n t er tainm en t
Mustering forth with the bold manifesto to
eat, drink and educate, Feb. 21-25 sees the
Food Network & Cooking Channel’s South
Beach Wine & Food Festival once more erupt
on our shores.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
Presenting an artful array of seasoned stand-bys and
some bold new events sure to impress, the 17th Annual
South Beach Wine & Food Festival is sure to satiate, in
all areas, even the most jaded of festival-goer. Featuring
a seriously star-studded array of celebrity chefs (Bobby
Flay, Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray and chart-topping rapper and
classically trained cook Action Bronson, to name just a
few) and a seemingly endless selection of demos, tastings,
classes and meals, the Sobe WFF will once again cement
its status as the premiere wine & food-focused party in
Excited to venture into your first food fest, but worried you
might make a fearful faux pas? We’ve collected a few timely
tips to help you navigate a gastro-fair with grace.
Do your homework: Don’t just waltz in. Make sure you
take a careful look over the festival lineup and realistically
coordinate where you want to be and when. Taking a little
time to schedule could make the difference between having
a good time and having an unforgettable experience you’ll
remember for the rest of your life.
Casual fest day: While everyone (and we mean everyone) in
Miami likes to look their particular type of fashion-forward,
the truth is, a festival whose main draw is a slew of super
sauces and a carefully curated array of red wines is not
the place to make a fashion statement. Dress in something
comfortable that you don’t mind staining, including footwear,
and you’re sure to have a much better time.
Patience makes perfect: While it’s natural to want to
indulge in every choice vintage you encounter, if you want to
make this a festival to remember through more means than
embarrassing social media shots, make sure to pace yourself.
If day-drinking, try sticking to a light rosé or white wine, and
eat a moderately hearty lunch to absorb the buzz. Doing
so while sustain your stimulation for what is sure to be an
interesting night cap.