The festival, which takes place February 24 to 27, 2011, will be celebrating 10 years. Ten years since Lee Schrager took over the one-day wine festival that started at FIU, moved it to South Beach and grew it into what it is today.
To celebrate the milestone, organizers are giving a 10 percent discount on tickets to the Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village the day the tickets go on sale. Whole Foods will also be raffling a pair of tickets to Sunday's tasting at each of nine cooking demonstrations by local chefs leading up to the festival.
Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart will host the 10-year anniversary
celebration during the festival with "Let Them Eat Cake" - a gathering
of pastry chefs and confectioners including the Food Network's Duff
Goldman - on February 25. And what best to have with cake than
Stay tuned for our top festival picks next week. For now know that
the popular Amstel Light Burger Bash, the Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ, Wine Spectator's Best of the Best will be back. The Tribute Dinner this year will honor Alain Ducasse. Top Chef judge and Top Chef Just Desserts
hostess, Gail Simmons, will be in town hosting the Dolce Brunch with
chef Michael White of New York's Alto, Convivo and Marea restaurants.
And fans of Top Chef season seven contestants Bryan and Michael Voltaggio will have a chance to cook along with them at the Biltmore Hotel.
Take a look at the full program
here and mark your calendar if you're planning to buy tickets for they
run out quickly -- though if last year is any indication you may get a
second chance to buy if you miss the opportunity the first time. You can
also always go to the Whole Foods in Coral Gables for the chef demos
and pray for luck. Here's the schedule:
October 12, 2010 - Chef Ken Lyon, Fratelli Lyon
November 9, 2010- Chef Howie Kleinberg, Bulldog BBQ
November 11, 2010 - Chef Michael Altman, Town Kitchen & Bar
December 7, 2010 - Chef Doug Rodriguez, De Rodriguez
December 9, 2010 - Chef Hedy Goldsmith, Michael's Genuine F&D
January 18, 2011 - Chef Allen Susser, Chef Allen's
January 20, 2011 - Chef Sean Brasel, Meat Market
January 25, 2011 - Chef Gonzalo Rivera, La Marea at The Tides
January 27, 2011 - Chef Kris Wessel, Red Light