South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale October 25

Get your wallets ready! Tickets for the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale Monday, October 25.

The festival, which takes place February 24 to 27, 2011, will be celebrating 10 years. Ten years since Lee Schrager took over the one-day wine festival that started at FIU, moved it to South Beach and grew it into what it is today.

To celebrate the milestone, organizers are giving a 10 percent discount on tickets to the Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village the day the tickets go on sale. Whole Foods will also be raffling a pair of tickets to Sunday's tasting at each of nine cooking demonstrations by local chefs leading up to the festival.

Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart will host the 10-year anniversary

celebration during the festival with "Let Them Eat Cake" - a gathering

of pastry chefs and confectioners including the Food Network's Duff

Goldman - on February 25. And what best to have with cake than


Stay tuned for our top festival picks next week. For now know that

the popular Amstel Light Burger Bash, the Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ, Wine Spectator's Best of the Best will be back. The Tribute Dinner this year will honor Alain Ducasse. Top Chef judge and Top Chef Just Desserts

hostess, Gail Simmons, will be in town hosting the Dolce Brunch with

chef Michael White of New York's Alto, Convivo and Marea restaurants.

And fans of Top Chef season seven contestants Bryan and Michael Voltaggio will have a chance to cook along with them at the Biltmore Hotel.

Take a look at the full program

here and mark your calendar if you're planning to buy tickets for they

run out quickly -- though if last year is any indication you may get a

second chance to buy if you miss the opportunity the first time. You can

also always go to the Whole Foods in Coral Gables for the chef demos

and pray for luck. Here's the schedule:

October 12, 2010 - Chef Ken Lyon, Fratelli Lyon

November 9, 2010-  Chef Howie Kleinberg, Bulldog BBQ

November 11, 2010 - Chef Michael Altman, Town Kitchen & Bar

December 7, 2010 - Chef Doug Rodriguez, De Rodriguez

December 9, 2010 - Chef Hedy Goldsmith, Michael's Genuine F&D

January 18, 2011 - Chef Allen Susser, Chef Allen's

January 20, 2011 - Chef Sean Brasel, Meat Market

January 25, 2011 - Chef Gonzalo Rivera, La Marea at The Tides

January 27, 2011 - Chef Kris Wessel, Red Light