Festival Founder, Lee Brian Schrager
Festival Founder, Lee Brian Schrager
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SOBEWFF 2018: The South Beach Wine & Food Festival Survival Guide

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is in full swing, taking over Miami Beach and Miami with parties, seminars, and dinners.

But when you're faced with dozens of events to attend, what's the best way to make the most of the weekend?

Eating and drinking — like all sports — requires skill and a game plan. Here are all the tips and tricks you'll need to enjoy the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

SOBEWFF 2018: The South Beach Wine & Food Festival Survival Guide

How to Navigate SOBEWFF 2018. You're hungry. You're thirsty. You're ready for the sun, sand, and celebrity chefs at the 16th-annual Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But what you really want right now is a game plan. What you need is some professional insight into the best way to tackle what has become one of the nation's largest annual food festivals. Alex Guarnaschelli, a Food Network star and executive chef of New York City's Butter, knows how she'll spend the weekend: with flip-flops in hand. And although she would do anything to attend Burger Bash, one of SOBEWFF's most popular events, her one piece of advice is to do the exact opposite.

SOBEWFF 2018: The South Beach Wine & Food Festival Survival Guide
Photo by John Parra / Getty Images for SOBEWFF

SOBEWFF 2018: The Ten Celebrities to Follow on Instagram. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is underway, and hundreds of chefs are flying in from around the world to cook at the fest's various dinners and parties. Of course, it's not all work for these talented toques: They also storm the restaurants and bars of our fair city in what's referred to as "spring break for chefs." The most exciting part of this weekend is cozying up to a South Beach watering hole and spotting Anne Burrell sitting at the bar or Alex Guarnaschelli dining on stone crabs.

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Everything bagel pizza
Photo by Danny Ganem

SOBEWFF 2018: Five Places to Brunch This Weekend Before You Hit the Festival. This year's food-and-drink-filled marathon that is South Beach Wine & Food Festival is in full swing. Unfortunately, every official brunch event has already sold out. That means you'll need somewhere to snack before you head off to your first event Saturday and Sunday, because drinking (and eating) on an empty stomach is not acceptable. Here are five new brunches in Miami to check out this weekend.

SOBEWFF 2018: Budget-Friendly Events to Sate Your Thirst and Save Your Wallet. It's the most delicious time of year — the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Each year, the five-day event attracts many of the nation's best in the food-and-beverage industry, from wine and spirits professionals to chefs and culinary personalities. Since its inception, the fest has morphed into a world of dinners, seminars, spirits and wine tastings, brunches, lunches, and late-night, celebrity-filled parties.

The Boozy Events at SOBEWFF 2018. Even though the South Beach Wine & Food Festival began as a humble wine dinner, it has grown into a full-fledged spirited affair. With the rise of craft cocktails nationwide came some of the staple events that make the fest a must-do. This year's edition will be no different, with many favorite spirits-centric events back on the roster for attendees to enjoy in the form of brunches, happy hours, and late-night bacchanals. Here's the lowdown on the booziest events at this year's SOBEWFF.

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