Sunday, 5 February 2012

Foodie Calendar Hots Up For South Beach Wine And Festival in Florida

If you are a foodie and are taking a holiday in Florida you might like to take in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Taking place 23 - 26 February 2012, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival will be celebrating its 11th anniversary. The event has grown to be the hottest and most glamorous event in the gastronomic calendar.

Taking place right on the beach, visitors can join celebrity chefs and personalities for a star-studded jam-packed weekend of tastings, dinners, culinary seminars and parties - the ultimate gourmet beach bash with events to please every palate.

The four-day destination event showcases the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities and last year attracted over 55,000 visitors. The event draws many A-list guests and the world's most acclaimed chefs and Brits including Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, and Tom Parker Bowles have all attended in previous years. Movie star, Antonia Banderas will be presenting his Spanish winery.

In addition to tastings and demonstrations, highlights will include:

Swine & Wine - for the pork obsessed. More than a dozen chefs and dignitaries will put their best pork forward for a roast of unparalleled proportions at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Live music, exquisite sides and desserts will accent this "swiney" soirée.

Dining in the Dark - the latest dining sensation revolves around not seeing what you're eating. Dining in the Dark with David Burke heightens your sense of smell, touch and taste to determine the cuisine. Guests are led into the dimly lit ballroom of the Gansevoort Hotel and once everyone is seated, the lights go out and don't come back up till the end of this four-course feast.

With the assistance of Southern Wine & Spirits of America Master Sommelier Eric Hemer, Chefs David Burke, Kieran Masek and Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti will work together to challenge the palate and test the senses of what people think they know about food and wine. Burke, known for his northeast eateries Townhouse, Fishtail and Fromagerie, will conclude the evening by turning the lights on, introducing each chef and discussing their dish and wine pairings. If you've never dined in the dark, this is the perfect opportunity to try it in style.

Trucks on the Beach - the festivals official closing party. Miami's top food trucks will be there with Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern celebrating the street food scene under the iconic white tent behind the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Zimmern will help guests navigate the terrain of bizarre and not-so-bizarre truck foods, whimsical wines and classic cocktails as we put to bed the 11th year of the Festival.

Amstel Light Burger Bash - popular event with the world's top chefs competing to prepare the ultimate gourmet burger. Michael Symon's burger with fried salami, provolone, shasha hot sauce and pickled onion claimed the People's Choice award, making the Food Network star and B Spot owner the two-time champ to beat. Who will the People vote for this year? The only way to find out is to attend one of the hottest and most sought after tickets.

Farm to Table Brunch - South Florida's trendsetter Michael Schwartz has wrangled some of the top chefs in the country known for their commitment to sustainable dining - Tim Cushman (o ya restaurant, Boston, MA), Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Cambridge, MA) and Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC) - for an inspiring brunch at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Tribute Dinner hosted by Anthony Bourdain - the Festival's annual Tribute Dinner at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel honours esteemed chef Charlie Trotter and renowned winemaker Piero Antinori in high style. With Anthony Bourdain, author of No Reservations, serving as the master of ceremonies and a "who's who" of chefs preparing the dinner, including the Loews Miami Beach's own Frederic Delaire, Wylie Dufresne, Michelle Gayer, Emeril Lagasse, Nathan Myhrvold, Patrick O'Connell, and Norman Van Aken, the evening is sure to be nothing short of unforgettable.

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