SOBEWFF 2014: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on the Menu

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The 13th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Food Network, has announced part of its lineup for the 2014 event, which will take place in Miami Beach and all around town February 20 through 23.

The event draws nearly every major celebrity chef in America to Miami for a little fun and sun (and lots of wine). This year, it will grow yet again, with more than 70 seminars, parties, and dinners scheduled, up from about 50 events offered last year.

As predicted, many SOBEWFF favorites will return, including the Grand Tasting Village; Burger Bash, hosted by Rachael Ray; Best of the Best at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Thrillist's BBQ & the Blues, hosted by Bobby Deen; Chicken Coupe, hosted by Andrew Carmellini; Southern Kitchen Brunch, hosted by Trisha Yearwood; and Swine & Wine, hosted by Michelle Bernstein.

But what's new (and noteworthy) are some additions and major changes to the event programming. Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager told Short Order that this year's festival will be fresher than ever. Then he hit us with the news.

See also: SoBeWFF 2013: The Good, the Bad, and the Crowded

Thursday evening's the Q, taking place at the tents opposite the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, will feature host Michael Symon, along with the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. That's right, people. The festival is introducing a little cheesecake to go with your meat to celebrate the magazine's iconic annual celebration of hotness, featuring the most gorgeous girls in the world wearing bikinis made for absolutely no water sports we can think of.

Though the roster of bathing beauties won't be confirmed until early 2014, expect 15 to 20 of the beautiful women to attend the event. And even though the prices for the Q haven't yet been confirmed, the vision of more than a dozen models tearing into seared animal flesh and licking barbecue sauce from their pouty lips and perfectly manicured fingers is priceless.

Also new for 2014 is a dinner based on the HBO series Treme on Saturday, February 22, featuring Anthony Bourdain, Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, Susan Spicer, and Wylie Dufresne; Emeril and Sammy's Rockin' Beach Party presented by Cabo Wabo Tequila and featuring rocker Sammy Hagar; a cocktail party at Wynwood Walls; and a screening of the film Soul of a Banquet, the story of chef Cecilia Chiang, who is best known for introducing authentic Chinese food to America. The film will be shown at the Miami Beach SoundScape in partnership with the Miami International Film Festival, and former New York Times restaurant critic and writer Ruth Reichl will speak at the dinner that will follow.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public Monday, October 21. MasterCard cardholders can take advantage of presale tickets beginning Monday, October 7, at 9 a.m. through Sunday, October 20, online at sobefest.com or by calling 877-762-3933 (phone sales open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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