National Pork Board to Host the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards for the Best Pork Tapas at the 2016 SOBEWFF Swine & Wine

Feb 16, 2016, 09:17 ET from National Pork Board

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Pork Board (NPB) returns to the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF), the nation's largest of its kind, to host its 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards for the best pork-inspired tapas at Goya Foods' Swine & Wine presented by the National Pork Board. Hosted by Chef and TV personality Lorena Garcia, the event will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at The Biltmore Hotel from 5:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.

"This event brings a superior group of food experts and chefs to showcase delicious and unique pork-inspired recipes to an eclectic audience offering a combination for the perfect ambience," said Jose de Jesus, director of multicultural marketing at the National Pork Board. "We are pleased to partner once again with the Festival to present the biggest celebration of pork to consumers and host our 2nd annual pork tapas competition."

Swine & Wine is the biggest celebration of pork during the Festival, and will feature more than 20 acclaimed chefs who will compete for the best pork-inspired dishes. "The 2016 National Pork Board Critics' Choice Awards" – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place – will be presented to the best dish, judged by National Pork Board Ambassadors Chef Doreen Colondres of The Kitchen Doesn't Bite and Chef Jose Mendin of The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, who will be accompanied by other distinguished chefs and celebrities judges, including chef Lorena Gracia, Belkys Nerey, host of WSVN "Bite with Belkys" and Roberto Guerra, owner and creator of La Caja China.

In addition, Eddie Zamora, creator of the enormously popular travel and food blog, The Yum Yum Foodie, will serve as the NPB's social media correspondent sharing event highlights and chef interviews live with consumers from the venue via Twitter at @TheYumYumFoodie, Instagram at @TheYumYumFoodie and Facebook at @TheYumYumFoodie.

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About National Pork Board
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For more information, visit is a resource of pork information and inspiration, including mouthwatering recipes, nutritional content of pork, choice cuts, health and safety information and cooking tips.

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