It’s that time of the year again, the The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is this week and East of Collins is here to help you navigate through the most exclusive events. This year SOBEWFF celebrates 15 years, taking place from February 24 – 28, 2016 and will once again feature internationally renowned talent and leaders of the hospitality industry at uniquely crafted events throughout the East of Collins community and Miami. There are literally dozens of events to choose from, but below we have listed the most exclusive, unique, and grand events for you to choose from.
GRAND TASTINGS & VIP EVENTS
Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27, Times Vary
Director’s Weekend Pass
If you’re interested in attending this year’s top events it would be advantageous to get a Director’s Pass, which includes access to the Grand Tasting Village, Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, and other top events.
Friday, Febrarury 26, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best
Don’t miss the top event of the 2016 SOBEWFF, join up 60 of the nation’s top chefs showcasing their most gourmet samplings, paired with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale at the Fontainebleau. Hear from some of the world’s greatest proprietors and winemakers as they pour their top varietals.
Saturday, February 27, 6:15 – 10 PM
MasterCard Preview Meatopia
Don’t miss the second annual incarnation of Meatopia, bringing together more than 25 of the country’s greatest chefs celebrating of all things meat beachside at the Delano. MasterCard Preview: A limited number of lucky guests will have the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets with their MasterCard and get a special 45-minute preview.
Friday, February 26, 7 – 10 PM
Dinner hosted by chef Joël Robuchon
Take an Uber LUX SUV out of the East of Collins community to Miami’s trendiest new neighborhood where one of the most highly decorated chefs in the world will be prepare an elevated dinner experience. Chef Robuchon is bringing his signature L’Atelier, Le Bar, La Boutique and La Terrace concepts to the elegant backdrop of the Design District.
Saturday, February 27, 7 – 11 PM
Head over to the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel and pay tribute to chef, restaurateur and author Jonathan Waxman, and present the Southern Wine & Spirits Lifetime Achievement Award to Constellation Brands’ Chairman of the Board Richard Sands and President and CEO Rob Sands. An elite group of chefs will prepare the evening’s cuisine, including: Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Marc Forgione, Aarón Sánchez, Marcus Samuelsson, and Nancy Silverton.
LATE NIGHT PARTIES
All the late night events are sold out, but if you frequent the East of Collins nightlife you may be able to get in to one of these exclusive events. Cigars & Spirits on Friday night presented by Cigar Aficionado with Whisky Advocate will be at one of East of Collins’ favorite nightlife spots The Betsy Hotel.
FIND YOUR HOTEL
Stay in some of East of Collins’ most luxurious hotels during the festival and enjoy special festival rates. To find a list of hotels and rates, click here.