The events, delicacies, and celebs to look out for at this year’s SOBEWFF.
Look for Dominique Ansel's chocolate oyster at the Death by Chocolate party.
2015 brings some new events to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. “We’ve always wanted to do a paella and taco event, and now we’re doing both in one year. Paella seemed like a natural fit for South Florida,” says festival founder Lee Brian Schrager. “We’re doing it at the SLS with Spain’s greatest export, José Andrés, and we have some extraordinary chefs doing some great paella.” Here, Ocean Drive recommends several of the can’t-miss events taking place over the festival’s four-day run:
Modern Italian Feast Dinner Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio visits SOBEWFF for the first time and finds himself right in his element: alongside Dena Marino at MC Kitchen for a multicourse Italian supper. February 19, 7-10 pm
Paella by the Pool
James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of The Bazaar José Andrés brings the quintessential Spanish dish to South Beach at the swank SLS. February 19, 7-10 pm
Tacos After Dark Chopped’s Aarón Sánchez turns the Loews Miami Beach Hotel into a late-night taqueria. Expect a surfeit of tortillas, carnitas, habanero, and tequila. February 19, 10 pm-1 am
The Art of Tiki
The country’s leading tiki authorities compete for the title of Tiki King in this showdown with Polynesian bites, hosted by Emeril Lagasse at the Shore Club South Beach. February 20, 10 pm-1 am
Meatopia: The Q Revolution
Guy Fieri hosts, Grammy Award winner Blues Traveler performs, and Josh Ozersky curates the beachside meat festival and bourbon soirée. February 21, 7-10 pm
Death by Chocolate: A Dessert Party
Get chocolate wasted at the late-night poolside soirée taking place at the National Hotel Miami Beach and hosted by the creator of the cronut, Dominique Ansel. February 21, 10 pm-1 am