South Beach Wine & Food Festival

SoBeWFF: Guy Fieri Mingles While Ziggy Marley Rocks the Closing Party

If last night was any indication, SoBeWFF proud papa Lee Schrager might have to rename the festival the South Beach Wine, Food & Reggae Festival, because Ziggy Marley rocked the tents with a full-length concert that appealed to everyone of every age and degree of sobriety during Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam With Ziggy Marley closing party.

But before the concert, there was food and drink. After a long weekend of swirling, swishing, and sipping fine wine, it was time to break out the rum and Jägermeister (which mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri, noted).

Hungry eventgoers got a taste of the islands with chefs flying in from Jamaica to join local toques. Menu items included Blue Mountain coffee and cocoa-encrusted certified Angus beef, conch puffs, meat patties, and ackee "cigars."

Between bites of food and sips of potent rum punch, people kicked off their shoes to play volleyball or dance even before Ziggy Marley took the stage.

And when the heir apparent to the mighty throne of the king of reggae began playing, the crowd went crazy. As if on cue, a thousand people swayed and fist-pumped as Marley played a mix of new tunes, old favorites from his band the Melody Makers, and some of his dad's greatest songs.

In fact, if you let the combination of drink, music, and the familiar, um, herbal scent wafting in the air take you away, you could swear the spirit of Bob Marley was in the tents, filling the atmosphere with good, Rastafarian vibrations.

And with that, the 2013 edition of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival went out not with a bang, but with a song.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss