Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2010 South Beach Wine Food Festival

Next week we will be leaving the snow behind and heading to the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This is one of the premier wine festivals in the country and consists of multiple seminars, tastings, and parties held over four days starting February 25th with the Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Allen Brothers hosted by Rachael Ray. The festival is not only a good excuse to head to South Beach to taste food and wine, but its also a major fundraiser for the Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. Each year the students at FIU offer food samples as well as wine and beer that they had produced. We will see them at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village as well as dozens of wine and spirits at the American Express Grand Tasting. We are talking about premium rum and cachaca - hello Ron Zacapa. Over the course of the weekend we also hope to attend one or more of these awesome seminars and parties:
We are particularly looking forward to catching up with Doug Frost and his Wines of Spain seminar will be more than entertaining. We also hope to catch Guy Fieri again either at the Kellogg's Kidz Kitchen or at an after hours party. Then there's Kevin Zraly, Ludovic Dervin - Mumm Napa, Jim Clendenen - Au Bon Climat, and other wine personalities, who we hope to run into and ask a few questions. Finally, although we live 45 minutes from the Ace of Cakes bakery, this may be the closest we ever get to Chef Duff. We will see what Baltimore area breweries he frequents the most. Check back often over the weekend or on our twitter and facebook feeds for updates.
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