The South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami Beach's annual blowout fete for everything food and drink, will take over the city again for five days of feasting.
From February 22 through 26, 2017, the event will return with more eats, beverages, and celebrity chef debauchery than ever. Tickets went on sale today, October 24, and, unlike years past, signature events such as Burger Bash ($250) and Chicken Coupe ($325) are still available.
Still, some happenings have already sold out, including Friday's dinner hosted by Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, and Sergio Sigala; dinner hosted by Stephanie Izard and Dale Talde; dinner hosted by Benjamin Bruno, Martha Stewart, and Antonio Bachour; and dinner hosted by Michelle Bernstein, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Kaytlin Brakefield.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's virtual box office opening comes right on the heels of its sister event, the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Though NYC's multiday fest takes place in the home of title sponsor Food Network, Miami toques have stolen the spotlight by taking over Manhattan.
Macchialina's Michael Pirolo and Edge Steak & Bar's Aaron Brooks took the Big Orange to the Big Apple, hosting a special I Love Miami Spice dinner. The event, held at the McCarren Hotel in Brooklyn, convinced many a New Yorker that a trip to the Sunshine State is in their cold, snowy future this winter. Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad presented his famous tostón burger at this year's Burger Bash.
Other Miami chefs spotted in New York included Dirt's Nicole Votano, Fireman Derek Kaplan, Michelle Bernstein, Sarsaparilla Club's Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, and Jaya at the Setai's Mathias Gervais.
Lee Brian Schrager, founder of both festivals, says there's a natural connection between the two cities. “There’s so much synergy between the culinary scenes of Miami and New York: We’re a quick plane ride away, and the festivals provide a platform for the chefs to network and collaborate with each other, contributing to the thriving food scene in both cities.”
If you have a question about either festival, Schrager will chat about the upcoming South Beach Wine & Festival during a Facebook Live session this Wednesday, October 26, at 2 p.m. Catch it at Miami New Times Food & Drink's Facebook page, and have your questions and comments ready.
Meanwhile, snag your tickets to festival events at sobefest.com. Tickets prices range from $20 for Badia Spices' Fun and Fit as a Family to $500 for a seat at Saturday evening's tribute dinner honoring José Andrés and Maisons Marques & Domaines owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud, with master of ceremonies Anthony Bourdain.