The world's largest, flashiest, and most expensive yachts drop anchor in South Florida this weekend at the 31st-annual Miami Yacht Show. The five-day event — running from Thursday, February 14, through Monday, February 18 — debuts this year on the mainland at One Herald Plaza in downtown Miami after basing in Miami Beach the past 30 years.
If you're not in the market for a new boat, this year's show offers another reason to spend the weekend surrounded by yachts: digging into food and drink cooked up by some of Miami's best.
With the event's new and larger location, there's room for food and beverage experiences curated by local restaurants and bars.
Among the eateries, Sunset Harbour's Sunny Poke — operated by Sunny Oh, chef and owner of popular spots such as Juvia and Sushi Garage — will dish out classic tuna and salmon bowls topped with a range of ingredients, from tempura crumbs to avocado.
Miami Beach's late-night taco spot, Bodega, will drive its Airstream to the event site to serve chips and dips, Nutella churros, al pastor tacos, and vegan
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Meanwhile, Ms. Cheezious, Truluck's, BPA Grill and Paella, Burger Boys, and World Famous Egg Rolls will set up kiosks with their best-selling dishes, from seafood to burgers and grilled cheese. As for drinks, wine and craft cocktails will be available, and Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé will be poured by the glass as the show's official rosé.
Opt for the Miami Yacht Show's VIP option, which grants access to the Windward VIP lounge with elevated food and drink offerings, including a premium open bar, brunches, and happy hours. Kilgore Culinary, chef Brad Kilgore's culinary company, will create cocktails exclusively for the event on Saturday. Whispering Angel will also host wine tastings and a daily rosé and oyster happy hour.
In addition to the show, the weekend kicks off with Yacht of Love Valentine’s Day at One Herald Plaza. The Thursday evening event from 6 to 9 p.m. will include tacos from Bodega, pours of rosé, Moscow mule cocktails, and desserts for $50 per person.
Miami Yacht Show. Thursday, February 14, to Monday, February 18, at One Herald Plaza, NE 14th St., and Biscayne Bay, Miami. Tickets cost $47 for opening day Thursday, February 14, and $28 per person Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18. VIP tickets cost $200 per person per day. Purchase at miamiyachtshow.com.