Now that South Beach Wine & Food Festival weekend is over for another year, it's time to take back Miami and enjoy some purely local decadence.
This weekend celebrate the grand opening of another local brewery, shop for local produce, or chow down on the ultimate Cuban sandwich.
Weekend starts now!
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J. Wakefield Grand Opening Party
J. Wakefield Brewing officially opens its doors in a blowout celebration this Saturday, February 28. From noon to 5 p.m., enjoy more than 30 of the brewery's selections including Lychee Rose Stush and La Nada Russian imperial stout. In addition, more than 20 guest taps from Florida breweries. If you're hungry, food trucks on the scene include Il Fiorentino, Original Greek, and Purple People Eatery. Tickets are $60 and include unlimited four-ounce pours. Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com.
Celebrate Chinese New Year With Wok Star Eleanor Hoh
Miami's own Wok Star, Eleanor Hoh, is celebrating Chinese New Year at Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach this Sunday, March 1. From noon to 3 p.m., enjoy a 13-item yum cha lunch that includes a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival (because there's no such thing as a New Year celebration without champagne). Menu items include sesame prawn toast, steamed scallop shui mai, pan fried foie gras Shanghai dumpling, and wild mushroom hand pulled noodles. The lunch is $45 per person (including tax and tip) and tickets are available at eleanorhoh.com.
Wynwood Green & Art Market
The first Wynwood Green & Art Market is this Sunday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., You can purchase local fruit and veggies, along with vegan foods, soy candles, kombucha tea, honey, and art. In other words, you can dress your walls, de-stress with yoga, and shop for the week. Good deal all around. Admission is free at Bakehouse Art Complex.
Plant-Based Dinner on the Farm
Veg heads rejoice! Paradise Farms is hosting an all-plant-based dinner this Sunday, March 1. Starting at 5:30 p.m., tour the farm (cocktail in hand), then sit down to a vegan dinner by Keith Kalmanowicz of Love & Vegetables, Sasha Ullman of 27 Restaurant & Bar, Michelle Negron of Timo Restaurant & Bar, and Billy Devlin of Basil Park. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Lotus House, a shelter that helps homeless women and children. Tickets cost $177.35 per person (tax included), and are available online at paradisefarms.net.
Cuban Sandwich Festival
The Cuban sandwich may be Miami's pastrami on rye. But there's one other city that lays claim to the origins of the ham, roast pork, and Swiss sammy and it's not Havana. Tampa says that the Cuban sandwich goes back to the city by the bay when Cuban workers enjoyed them for lunch in the late 1800s. In any event, if you're looking for the best Cuban, look no further than the Cuban Sandwich Festival at the Magic City Casino this Sunday, March 1, at Magic City Casino. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy Cuban sandwichs and entertainment as you cheer Miami's version of the Cuban to victory. Admission is free to the event (pay as you go for sandwiches).