WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE GOURMET GATHERINGS ON THE BEACH, THE FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE (SOBEWFF®) RETURNS WITH NEW PROTOCOLS DEDICATED TO DELIVERING A SAFE AND COMFORTABLE EVENT EXPERIENCE. THE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE FROM MAY 20–MAY 23.
The festival will look and feel different this year, but the commitment is unchanged. Guests will continue to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. in support of its educational mission to cultivate the future leaders of the hospitality industry at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). Also, SOBEWFF ® will aid the South Florida hospitality industry during its regrowth phase by giving participating chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs a platform to promote their businesses.
To ensure the safety of festival goers and staff, SOBEWFF® will follow CDC guidelines. Attendees will be required to show proof and/ or attestation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours prior to the event or proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination. There will also be temperature checks required. Apart from the Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series, all events will take place outdoors with new additional measures on capacity restrictions, cleaning, sanitization, limited physical contact, and mask requirements.
“THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STAFF, TALENT, ATTENDEES, SPONSORS, PARTICIPANTS, AND COMMUNITY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY,” SAID LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER, FESTIVAL FOUNDER & DIRECT OR. “WE WANT FANS AND FRIENDS TO HAVE A GREAT TIME WHILE FEELING CONFIDENT THAT THEIR S AFETY AND WELFARE IS THE MAIN PRIORITY.”
The 20th annual festival will kick off Thursday, May 20 with Carbone Fine Food presents Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by Havas House, hosted by Giada De Laurentiis. Later that evening, fans can celebrate in style at Fontainebleau Miami Beach with the SOBEWFF® 20th Anniversary Celebration hosted by Martha Stewart featuring a soon-to-be announced special musical performance and bites by Popeyes® including their famous chicken sandwich.
The festival’s signature fan-favorite open-air tasting tents nestled on the sands of Miami Beach will feature for the first time ever, multiple daily sessions to accommodate capacity restrictions, thorough sanitization, and more. The iconic events will showcase the nation’s most talented chefs and lifestyle personalities including: The 15th annual Heineken Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® hosted by Bobby Flay (Friday, May 21); The return of the fan-favorite Moët & Chandon Champagne BubbleQ® hosted by Guy Fieri (Saturday, May 22); and Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & Publix Culinary Demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast (Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23).
The Tribute Dinner will take place al fresco at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Saturday, May 22 and will honor the outstanding accomplishments of the culinary community’s beloved Giada De Laurentiis and former CEO of Bacardi USA, Eduardo M. Sardiña, and will be hosted by Masters of Ceremonies and Miami royalty, Gloria & Emilio Estefan.
Some new event additions to the 20th anniversary festival will include Explore Delray Beach Market hosted by the Youngest-Ever MasterChef Finalist and influencer Nick DiGiovanni (Thursday, May 20); Sunset Happy Hour presented by Santo Tequila hosted by Guy Fieri and Sammy Hagar (Friday, May 21); and Celebration Dessert Party! 20 Years of Miami Spice and SOBEWFF®, hosted by Scott Conant (Saturday, May 22).
A plethora of intimate dinner experiences hosted by some of the country’s most celebrated, critically-acclaimed chefs will accent this year’s events including Dinner hosted by Michelle Bernstein, Hy Vong and Antonio Bachour to celebrate the release of Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream (Thursday, May 20); Locals Only Dinner hosted by Luciana Giangrandi, Alex Meyer, Zak Stern, and Carey Hynes. (Thursday, May 20); and Dinner hosted by Thomas Keller and Manuel Echeverri at The Surf Club Restaurant (Friday, May 21)—to name a few!
For a full itinerary of the festival, head to sobewff.com