LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
I'm not quite sure if anyone actually refers to Deerfield Beach as DeBe, but maybe it'll catch on after this Saturday when Deerfield Beach shows the rest of South Florida what the natives have known all along: Deerfield Beach is a foodie hotspot! For locals, Deerfield Beach's First Annual Wine and Food Festival will be a reunion of favorite restaurants and eateries, as well as some new finds and rediscovered gems. For out-of-towners, the festival is a chance to discover the great culinary treasures that Deerfield Beach has to offer.
Showcasing 40 top chefs from the area, the line-up includes food tastings from restaurants spanning the gastronomic spectrum. All sorts of restaurants, from haute cuisine establishments to casual local landmarks, will be represented. Additionally, the participating restaurants demonstrate the rich ethnic diversity of Deerfield Beach: American BBQ, Michelin star-style French, Thai, Sushi, regional Mexian, Greek, and Italian by way of Italy and New York, just to name a few. As if sampling the best of Deerfield Beach's cuisine weren't enough, the hosts plan on keeping things convivial by offering tastings of 40 different wines and spirits, including beer from a local microbrewery. A sundae isn't complete without its cherry, and this food and wine festival offers several alluring "cherries" to top things off: celebrity chefs, cooking demos, a famer's market, and a foodie bazaar!
It’s that time of year again, where all Fort Lauderdale foodies unite and celebrate the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the festival in Fort Lauderdale and it kicks off tonight at 6:30p.m. with signature wine dinners in which winemakers from across the country pair with the Publix Apron’s Cooking School & select restaurants.
But the real revelry takes place this Friday, April 29th on the Las Olas Strip. At 6p.m., the Tequila Herradura VIP reception will be held on the lawn of the of the Riverside Hotel until 7:30 p.m. with guests receiving a complimentary glass of wine, exceptional appetizers, and a VIP gift bag containing a bottle of wine and other sponsor items. Immediately following the reception is the street festival, featuring more than 60 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and 40 wine tables. Back by popular demand is the Bombay Sapphire Lounge, the Culinary Couture Fashion Show by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, as well as live music by The Weedline, Pan Vibes, and other special entertainment. The street festival will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Las Olas Boulevard, between S.E. 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.
Where else can you run into friends and be perfectly excused to not hug or shake hands—all because you’re covered in shellfish juice? Looks like you made it to Tobacco Road’s 11th Annual Crawfish Boil. Last Sunday, families, UM kids, New Orleans transplants, and foodies congregated to indulge in the star of the party: spicy, scalding red crawfish. Long banquet style tables were elevated at the perfect height for some serious chowing down. Food trucks like Latin Burger & Taco, CheeseMe, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Yellow Submarine, and The Fish Box lined the perimeter of the lot. Fire roasted oysters, gumbo and standard Cajun sides were also available. Not to mention beer and plenty of libations. There was even face painting and a drawing contest for the kiddos, giving mom and dad a nice respite.
After a rainy Saturday afternoon the clouds parted and Miami’s sunny weather was welcomed by over 30,000 attendees at The Great Taste of the Grove. The event which was held during the weekend of April 16 and 17 held up to its name and offered great food and cocktails from local vendors.
With my Saturday gone and wasted on a rainy day of T.V. re-runs, my friend and I jumped at the chance to pig out on local favorites and catch some sun at Peacock Park. With free general admission, over 20 restaurants to choose from and all dishes ranging from $1 to $8 dollars, we knew we were in for a treat.
Get ready to suck the head and eat the tail! Try to keep your minds out of the gutter and focus on what’s important here- Tobacco Road’s 11th Annual Crawfish Boil. This annual Crawfish craze takes place this Sunday, April 17th at Miami’s famous Tobacco Road Bar from 12 noon-6pm. This is an all ages event, the only of its kind for Tobacco Road. A big difference from the 420 Fest happening at the same locale the night before!
This weekend is full of “F” bombs: Free, Food, and Fun and you can find all three in a charming little village know as, Coconut Grove. Come stroll the streets of Miami and feast on some tasty fare at The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival, now celebrating 21 years of deliciousness.
The event held at Peacock Park on April 16 and 17 starts at 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. and offers new “high-end, cutting –edge components” like a full scale “Sommelier Tasting Grove” and “Connoisseur Spirits Lounge” all included with free general admission. Enjoy Miami’s sunny weather while tasting some of the best wines and spirits on the market and have fun creating your own cocktails, like a pro.
It's time for another foodalicious event that will tantalize the taste buds and all for a good cause! Heart of a Chef, along with the Florida Heart and Research Institute and Miami Science Museum will be hosting a family festival with an emphasis on the prevention of childhood obesity and healthy living. Fun events, such as chef cook-offs, food tastings and healthy substitutions seminar will fill the day. Some of the many vendors you will see are Smoothie King, German Bread Haus, fit2Go and Nespresso will be offering some healthy treats to guests.
Everyone always deserves a little sweetness in their life. And when a dinner includes six courses of just desserts, it can never go wrong. Last Saturday, April 2nd, the “golden boy of pastry” Chef Will Goldfarb successfully held his Room for Dessert Pop-up Concept at the Blooming Design & Event in the Design District. This spectacular event had two seatings, one at 8pm and the next at 10pm, where guests were indulged with nine exquisite courses, all made using modern techniques in cooking. The six sweet courses were preceded by three savory courses; each prepared by friends and colleagues of Goldfarb: Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog from Gastropod, Chef Kurtis Jantz from the Trump International Hotel, and Alberto Cabrera from Himmarshee Bar & Grill.
Well over 5,000 people this weekend did! No, not at Ultra. At the Deering Seafood Festival! This year the 7th Annual Deering Seafood Festival saw record numbers in attendance to their festivities. Yesterday, Sunday the 27th, the Deering Estate at Cutler was filled with tons of people, food, music, and plenty of seafood to go around! From 11am until 6pm the Estate hosted live music, local seafood vendors and restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and local artists for guests of the festival.
With more than 444 acres of land and wild habitat, the Deering Estate held more than 30 booths of food, artists, and local sponsors, including a huge music stage for local bands and musicians. All the while, local chefs prepared dishes and demonstrated cooking skills in the Whole Foods Market-sponsored tent, just outside of the Stone House. I got there just in time to see Chef Jouvens Jean, Executive Chef from Sawa Restaurant in Coral Gables, make a to-die-for ‘Shrimp Al Ajillo’ on a Crostini. Other chefs that were featured at the tent were Chef Sean Bernal from Sushi Samba, Chef Dean Max from 3030 Ocean, and Chef Tricia Ferguson, co-author of “Lionfish Cookbook.”
Get ready Miami, this weekend is not only bringing us Ultra and Miami Music Week, but it is also bringing us several food events!
Tomorrow, two food festivals will fill our streets: the Taste of Brickell and the Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival.
The Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival is a significant annual community outreach event, with the goal of providing a fun-filled day of music, outstanding food, and fun for the community of Miami and South Florida. More than fifty restaurants, sponsors, and non-profit organizations help bring thousands of people together to experience a diverse exchange of food and music in the heart of Brickell Miami.