MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) is pleased to unveil its line-up of more than 90 events taking place February 22 – 26, 2017. Widely recognized as one of America's most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.
"We've curated a robust program of events for the Festival's 16th year," noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. "With an array of dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties showcasing a variety of cuisines, wines and spirits from around the world, guests will find plenty of ways to satiate their taste buds at this year's Festival."
The iconic series of Miami Beach's signature events returns in 2017, kicking-off with Barilla's Italian Bites on the Beach hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli. The eleventh edition of one of the Festival's most coveted tickets gets an update, evolving into the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray this year. After its successful launch at last year's Festival, the weekend will again close out with Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern. More Miami Beach staple events will return with a classic mix of both fan-favorites and new talent including Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash hosted by Josh Capon, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best sponsored by Bank of America, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kids Kitchen, Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini, Southern Kitchen Brunch part of The NYT Cooking Series, and the Wine Spectator Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America.
Additionally, the Festival's beloved white tents nestled in the sand between 10th and 13th Streets and Ocean Drive will continue to host the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the weekend. Plus, SOBEWFF® honors some of the world's most recognized leaders in the culinary and beverage industries at its annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series, and the sweet 16 is no exception. This year, the Festival honors the deeply passionate and talented ThinkFoodGroup chef/owner José Andrés alongside Maisons Marques & Domaines (MMD) owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud, during an evening guided by Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
SOBEWFF® continues its expansion into Broward County with the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series and a star-studded line-up of talent. The fun begins with Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and continues with the Festival's first late-night party in the area, DRINK Fort Lauderdale, taking over the popular FATVillage for one night. Closing out the series will be the return of the Bloody Mary Brunch, with new hosts David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris. A selection of intimate dinner experiences will round out the series, including the following:
- Dinner hosted by Amanda Freitag and Angelo Elia
- Dinner hosted by Marc Murphy and Chris Miracolo
- Dinner hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne Oz, Tiffani Thiessen, & Geoffrey Zakarian
- A North Carolina Sisterhood: Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Andrea Reusing, Gavin Pera & Ryan Cross
Fans will also have a plethora of new events to choose from in 2017, including a Craft-y Happy Hour, Burnt Ends: A Kosher BBQ Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya, Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party featuring Bar Lab, The Salty Donut & Sarsaparilla Club, Noodling Around: A Late-Night Party hosted by Dale Talde, Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri, and more.
A variety of additional dinners, brunches, lunches, and parties will take place throughout the weekend, featuring renowned chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers, and spirits producers. Events like Buddhas and Bellinis, Decadent Dessert Party hosted by Duff Goldman, Croquetas & Champagne hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Goya Foods Swine & Wine hosted by Cindy Hutson, and, for all ages, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen, will continue to satiate the taste buds of passionate fans from around the world.
Tickets for the 2017 Festival will go on sale online at sobefest.com at midnight on Monday, October 24. Phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT by calling 877.762.3933.
Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.
About the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world's greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers. To date, the Festival has raised more than $24 million for the School. In September 2015, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the third year in a row.
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is produced by Florida International University and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit sobefest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit fiu.edu, for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management visit hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits visit southernglazers.com.
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