South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2013: The Five Best Events Under $100

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is only a month away and tickets are already selling out. We know..we know. SoBe Fest is all lovely and all..and you'd love to hang out with Anthony Bourdain and Rachael Ray, but you don't have the money to invest in both Burger Bash and a car payment.

We hear ya. That's why we did a little research and complied a list of the five best events under $100. That means you can be part of the action, have some good food and drink, and not have your Ford Fiesta visited by the repo man.

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Beer Tasting with Spiegelau: Does the Glass Make a Difference?
Friday, February 22, 2013, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Price: $85
James Royal Palm Hotel

Now that you're out of the frat house, there's a lot more to being a beer pro than drinking copious amounts from a red solo cup. Up your Beer-Q at this event. You'll sample four different beers in four different glasses -- none of them crushable...Or red.  Afterward, you'll take home the glasses. See? You've just learned something and stocked your cupboard at the same time.

Garden to Glass hosted by Emeril Lagasse featuring Bar Lab Cocktails & My Ceviche

Friday, February 22, 2013, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Price: $95
Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Emeril, the king of Bam! meets local favorites Gabe Orta, Elad Zvi, and Sam Gorenstein for a night of cocktails and ceviche in the garden. The Bar Lab guys will  forage the garden for fresh herbs and plants, then turn them into magical libations, while My Ceviche's sam Gorenstein will serve up his uber fresh seafood creations. And if you think you know Emeril by his TV show, wait until you see him after dark. That man can seriously party with the best of them!

Florida Blue presents Fun and Fit as a Family sponsored by Carnival featuring Kellogg's Kidz Kitchen

Saturday & Sunday, February 23-24, 2013, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Price: $20
Jungle Island

This is the best value at SoBe Fest and a little secret to most. If you can't afford the Grand Tasting Village, head over to this family-friendly event and meet the same Food Network celebrities! Giada De Laurentiis, Rocco DiSpirito, Andrew Zimmern, Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, and Hedy Goldsmith are just some of the celebrities who will cook, bake and kibbutz with attendees. We suggest borrowing your sister's kid (you'll win mucho family points) and heading out to the urban jungle.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar

DOME Caviar & Cocktails hosted by Marsha Orosco and Tony Abou-Ganim

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 2 - 3 p.m.
Price: $85
Shelborne Hotel

What would you spend to feast on caviar and enjoy the finest cocktails by America's foremost mixologist? If you said millions, you'd be way over budget. Swanky Coral Gables caviar-house Dome and mixologist extraordinaire Tony Abou-Ganim team up to make your mouth dance, and your eyes water with happiness. Caviar dreams on a budget? Priceless.

Guy Fieri's Roadshow & Reggae with Ziggy Marley presented by Ziggy Marley Organics featuring Cuisine of the Sun by Ortanique and friends, The Official Festival Closing Party
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Price: $95
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Close out the 2013 festival with Guy Fieri and Ziggy Marley? Come on, dudes -- you just know this is going to be epic. Last time wild man Fieri closed out the festival, he made pizza for everyone. Add the sultry vibe of the heir to the throne of reggae, plus some great food by Ortanique's Cindy Hutson and you've got quite an evening!

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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.
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