If you waited until the last minute to get your 16th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival tickets, don't fret—there's still a cornucopia of events that haven’t sold out. From a late-night doughnut, cocktail, and American dim sum fiesta to brunching with two James Beard winners poolside, here are nine ways you can still savor SOBEWFF.
Barilla's Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media & the Miami Herald Media Company February 23, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ever wondered what pasta heaven would look like? We’re pretty sure it would be somewhat close to this beachside Italian shindig that could very well be your last supper. Who wouldn’t die happy after eating balls of handmade cheese from Mimmo’s Mozarella; pasta from the savant himself, Upland’s Justin Smillie; and whatever surprise host and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli has up her chef jacket. Purchase tickets ($150) at sobefest.com/italian. 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party February 24, 10 p.m. to midnight
If you’re a fan of the Salty Donut (who isn’t?), Sarsaparilla Club (and Jeff McInnis’ fried chicken), and Bar Lab boys' world-acclaimed cocktails, then you should already have a ticket to this late-night boozy sweets-meets-savory feast. If you don't, there'es only one way to fix that. Purchase tickets ($95) at sobefest.com/salty. 1801 Collins Avenue St., Miami Beach
DRINK Fort Lauderdale: Cocktail Time Machine Experience February 24, 10 p.m. to midnight
Local cocktail connoisseurs and tres amigos Gabriel Urrutia, Giovanny Gutierrez, and Matt Hirschenbein have joined forces to bring Fort Lauderdale libations like they’ve never been sipped before in this warehouse speakeasy labyrinth party, featuring more cocktails (from classics to modern takes) than you knew existed. Plus, there'll be food trucks you’ve yet to try to keep you fueled. Pro tip: Don’t DRINK and drive. Purchase tickets ($95) at sobefest.com/drinkftl. 521 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Vegan Dinner hosted by Chloe Coscarelli & Matthew Kenney February 25, 7 to 10 p.m.
Calling all herbivores! Two of the nation’s utmost vegan chef authorities—Chloe Coscarelli and Matthew Kenney—are planting it up for a animal-free, wine-filled dinner that will have even carnivores willing to convert. Purchase tickets ($250) at sobefest.com/vegan. 105 NE 24th St., Miami
BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus February 25, 9 p.m. to midnight
It’s curious that there has never been a Bacardi beach party until now. But why dwell on the past when there’s no time like the present? This year, Rev Run and DJ Ruckus are the entertainment for this evening of high-energy, potent potables, and comestibles to line your stomach with bites from Ariete, Azucar, PINCH, Olla, Versailles, and Shake Shack. Purchase tickets ($100) at sobefest.com/bacardi. Beachside at Delano, Entrance at 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best February 24, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Wine and dine is the name of the game at Best of the Best, which true-to-its-name puts Wine Spectator’s highest rated vinos (90 points or higher), and the city and country’s top toques like Nina Compton, Scott Conant, Jeremy Ford, Diego Oka, Paul Qui, Alex Stupak, Justin Smillie, Todd English, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Michael Beltran, and Aaron Brooks in one ballroom at the iconic Fontainebleau. Cheers are in order. Purchase tickets ($350) at sobefest.com/bob. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Goya Foods' Grand Tasting Village February 25, noon to 5 p.m.
Festival founder Lee Schrager always recommends this event to novice and veterans alike. Why? Because you'll get an amalgamation of the grand experience that is SOBEWFF in one singular event—with demos, wine, cocktails, entertainment (curated this year by Dave Grutman), and most importantly, food—right on the sand. Remember to bring SPF. Purchase tickets ($225) at sobefest.com/gtvsat. 13th St. and Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Brunch hosted by José Andrés & Michael Schwartz February 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By the time Sunday rolls around, you’ll be in the mood for some good old hair of the dog with a side of brunch and sun. Get it all at this pool jam hosted by James Beard award-winning duo José Andrés and Michael Schwartz. If you’ve dined at any of their restaurants before, then you know you’re in for a good time. If you haven’t, expect nothing but fun. Purchase tickets ($175) at sobefest.com/slsbrickell. 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market Hosted by Andrew Zimmern February 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
Satisfy your Asian food fetish at this street-style market rounding up everything including Korean fried chicken, ramen, sushi, and beyond, hosted by none other than the awesome and bizarre food eating extraordinaire, Andrew Zimmern. There’s no other way to wrap up yet another successfully indulgent SOBEWFF. Purchase tickets ($85) at sobefest.com/lucky. Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach