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A Beginner's Guide to the Miami Wine and Food Festival

Stephanie Moss Dandridge  |  June 24, 2024

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A Beginner's Guide to the Miami Wine and Food Festival

A save-the-date for the 2024 South Beach Wine and Food Festival was recently announced, alerting foodies and wine enthusiasts about details surrounding one of the city’s most popular events. The festival grew from humble roots more than two decades ago into the nationally renowned event it is today, garnering sponsorship from the Food Network and Capital One. The festival’s many working parts are assembled and managed by the joint efforts of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Florida International University. Here’s what you need to know before you buy tickets to next year’s event.

A showcase featuring food from some of the best restaurants in the world

The four-day festival brings together many of the world’s greatest chefs, offering attendees the opportunity to taste their delicious creations without leaving the city. Virtually every variety of cuisine is offered in a series of events that have been carefully curated by experts in the industry. The festival also brings much more than the vast wine catalog offered by Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits. You’ll find meals and tastings paired with cocktails crafted by some of the best mixologists across the globe, helping to expand your palate in ways you might never have thought possible.

Buy tickets to stand-alone events or create a personalized bundle

The 2024 festival is a series of single events spread across multiple locations in and around Miami Beach. The wide variety of options available for the entirety of the four-day extravaganza are listed and carefully detailed online, giving you the option to pick and choose what ones best fit into your schedule. Organizers also give patrons the option to bundle multiple events together and save.

While many of the ticket events for the 2024 festival have a more adult-only vibe, that doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for the whole family. One such event is the Family Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers. And for those who have children that are itching to get lessons in kitchen creativity, there’s the Kids Master Baking Class.

The festival offers many opportunities for intimate dinners with your partner. Set in locations in and around Miami Beach, you can wine and dine from menus curated by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, sommeliers, and craft mixologists.

But the festival isn’t just for couples seeking an intimate setting for food and drink. You’ll find that the late-night parties at the 2024 festival are the perfect way to spice up your nightlife while taking in bites and libations crafted by some of the greatest chefs and mixologists in the world. The Cigar and Spirits event hosted by Cigar Aficionado provides a unique experience, pairing smooth and savory sticks that complement a carefully selected variety of beverages. Stars Jet Tila and Aarti Sequeira will bring their A-game to the Asian Night Market, an event that offers a wide variety of Asian dishes in an open-air market to ticket holders. And the Rev Run himself will be making an appearance, hosting and performing at Smorgasburg After Dark.

And if you’re on a budget, there are bargains to be had at next year’s event. The 2024 festival has a bevy of all-inclusive events on its roster that are under $100. You’ll be able to enjoy “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives After Dark” with Hunter Fieri, the perfect way to spend an evening with a date or a group of friends. The Tapas and Cocktail Party from Make it Miami is another steal of a deal, hosted by Alessandra Garcia-Lorido and Gio Gutierrez. And for tiki lovers, the Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown is a must-do. Presented by Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum, this event pits some of the greatest mixologists against one another in a quest to create the best libations.

Past festivals have included top-notch entertainment

Food Network superstar Guy Fieri has made multiple appearances at past festivals, bringing live versions of the channel’s hit show “Drivers, Drive-Ins, and Dives” to the event. Many of the ticketed events feature music performances by popular bands and solo artists, with past festivals showcasing the talents of DJ Khaled, Cedric Gervais, and country stars Midland.

The 2024 food and wine festival will be no exception. When exploring the many events within the festival, look for top names in entertainment that will be featured as both hosts and performers. You’ll recognize your favorite stars from the Food Network. But as the list of musical performers grows, you’ll discover that the festival is a lot more than just five-star food and drink.

What began as a small event evolved into a super-sized festival spanning four days

A handful of food and beverage enthusiasts began what has grown into a multi-day festival that includes more than 90 individual events. Event organizers boast that the four-day festival includes over 400 industry experts and attracts over 60,000 attendees. What’s more, the festival is a financial vehicle for the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University, the proceeds of which have grown to more than $34 million since its inception.

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