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South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Events You Can Still Get Into

Paula Deen

Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/22/2012 9:14 am Updated: 02/22/2012 9:14 am

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is back for another four days of nothing but food, drink and fun, and as per usual, all the uber-hot parties are totally sold out by now. But thanks to SBWFF exploding in size over the years, you don't even have to try crashing Burger Bash again -- there's plenty of really good stuff to go around! Tickets are still available for everything from chocolate pairings to pig roasts to all the Bobby Flay a Food Network devotee could want -- he's smokey, but slightly acidic -- and even a Sunday in the quick-selling Grand Tasting Village.

Perhaps best of all, proceeds from SBWFF benefit Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Center. With festival-goers raising $14 million in SBWFF's 11 years, there's really no event that isn't worth it.

Check out a round up of available events below -- and be sure to grab tickets here before they're all gobbled up.

Moët Hennessy's The Q
hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri
Thursday, February 23
7 p.m.
Delano (Beachside), 1685 Collins Avenue

Fans of the now-retired BubbleQ must be rejoicing -- looks like a few more tickets for this updated version of everyone's favorite party have been released (as of 9 a.m., anyway). Bubbly will flow in the festival's beachside tent as a skewer of the best BBQ chefs in the world line up at the grills and smokers. Loosen the belt and gobble down everything 'cue from chicken to ribs and brisket to pork buns, then hit the included afterparty, The Q After Dark.

MonoArabica: The Root of the Blend by illycaffé Master Barista, Giorgio Milos
Friday, February 24
11 a.m. to Noon
The Setai, 2001 Collins Avenue
$45

Kick off the festival with a punch of caffeine. Touring the world's top coffee producers, master barista Giorgio Milos will guide your taste buds around the globe while explaining the varying production processes and background of each coffee.

Restaurant Diners: The Next Generation
Friday, February 24
2 to 3 p.m.
Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive
Free

Food is an ever evolving passion, but recently it has taken a drastic change to younger, spunkier chefs and the menu they bring with them. Listen in on a panel of chefs as they discuss how diners have evolved over the years and the future of food.

Crystal Clear: Does the Glass Make a Difference?
Hosted by Maximilian Riedel
Friday, February 24
3 to 4:15 p.m.
The Perry, 2377 Collins Avenue
$100

Thin glass, long stem, wide rim -- does the glass you drink your wine from affect the taste? Maximilian Riedel, CEO of the Austrian glass-making company Riedel will discuss this age-old question. Taste different wines using the company's new "Key to Wine" glass set, which you get to take with you.

Florida Blue Presents: Fun and Fit as a Family, sponsored by Carnival
featuring Kellogg's Kidz Kitchen
Saturday, February 25
10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
$20

Even the kids can get in on the fun during the festival. Food Network chef superstars Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri and other celebrity chefs will teach children about healthy eating. During the day, kids will also cook up a storm in the kitchen, explore the garden and play sports on the beach.

Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series A
Saturday, February 25
10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
The Perry, 2377 Collins Avenue
$150

Check out the latest and greatest in wine during the last remaining of the festival's three wine seminars. Try out eight Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines; 10 from Clarendelle (including the United States premiere of the rosé 2011 and world premiere of the red 2006); and seven wines from Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España led by the company's CEO, Victor Urrutia Ybarra.

Winning
Saturday, February 25
10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive
Free

You've seen chefs battle it out in the kitchen on reality television contests, but what happens after the cameras turn off and the winners go home? Celebrity chef Bobby Flay moderates a panel of television stars as they discuss the effects being on television and winning had on their careers and personal lives.

Bank of American Lifestyle Seminar: American Cheese
with Laura Werlin & Anthony Giglio
Saturday, February 25
11 a.m. to Noon
Miami Beach Convention Center
$85

In the haute world of wine and cheese, Americans have slowly but surely made their way as legitimate producers of both food and beverage must-haves. American cheese expert Laura Werlin and "wine wise guy" Anthony Giglio will lead a tasting of eight cheeses and six wines, all made in the good ol' USA.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar: Southern Cuisine
with Linton Hopkins and Josh Wesson
Saturday, February 25
1 to 2 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
$85

In the culinary melting pot that is South Florida, southern cooking does not go unnoticed. Linton Hopkins, a FOOD & Wine best new chef winner and owner of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta, will share the flavors of southern cuisine like sorghum-glazed pork belly and sweet potato Dauphine. And, of course, author Josh Wesson will provide the perfect wines to pair with your meal.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar, Godiva Chocolate Bar
Exclusive Pairing of Chocolates and Cocktails with David Funaro and Tony Abou-Ganim
Saturday, February 25
2 to 3 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
$85

When it's time for dessert, be in the know of chocolate and wine pairings. Godiva chef David Funaro shares two of the company's two newest chocolate-infused vodkas inspired by the dark chocolate truffle and double chocolate raspberry truffle (drooling yet?). Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim will show you how to make them on your own.

Girls Gone Wild
Saturday, February 25
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive
Free

No, not that Girls Gone Wild. With the food industry dominated by men, the girls make sure to strut their stuff to hold their own in the kitchen. "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern leads a panel of four edgy female chefs, who share how they rose to the top.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar: Momofuku Milk Bar Desserts
with Christina Tosi and Andrea Robinson
Saturday, February 25
5 to 6 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
$110

Head pastry chef Christina Tosi of the Momofuku Milk Bar will share delectable desserts from her new cookbook, "The Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook," which you will get a copy of. Master sommelier Andrea Robinson will suggest the perfect wines to pair with each dish.

Florida Blue Presents: Fun and Fit as a Family, sponsored by Carnival
featuring Kellogg's Kidz Kitchen
Sunday, February 26
10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Jungle Island
$20

Even the kids can get in on the fun during the Food and Wine Festival. Food Network chef superstars Andrew Zimmern, Sunny Anderson and other celebrity chefs will teach children about healthy eating. During the day, kids will also cook up a storm in the kitchen, explore the garden and play sports on the beach.

Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village
Sunday, February 26
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26
13th Street and Ocean Drive
$225

Explore the white tents of the village for food, wine and liquor tastings, book signings and demonstrations by celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Robert Irvine, Masaharu Morimoto and others as they whip up their own specialty dishes.

Brunch at Sea
hosted by Douglas Rodriguez and Aarón Sanchez
Sunday, February 26
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Biscayne Lady, departing Bayside Market
$150

These two chefs will combine their Cuban and Mexican heritages to create a delicious brunch, including rum and cigars, aboard the festival's very own party boat. Representatives from different wines will also be on board.

Bank of American Lifestyle Seminar: Talking with My Mouth Full
with Gail Simmons and Josh Wesson
Sunday, February 26
1 to 2 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
$85

Gail Simmons, known as a judge on "Top Chef" and host of "Top Chef: Just Desserts," talks about and shares recipes from her new memoir "Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater." Josh Wesson joins Simmons to pair wines with these desserts.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar: Mexican Foods and Tequila
with Marcela Valladolid and Mark Oldman featuring Rosa Mexicano
Sunday, February 26
2 to 3 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
$85

Get a taste of authentic Mexican food with "Mexican Made Easy" star Marcela Vallodolid's cookbook, "FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor." Food from south of the border wouldn't be complete with tequila, so master sommelier Mark Oldman provides the perfect sidekick for each meal.

Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar: Foods and Fine Wines of the Rich and Famous
with Ariane Daquin and Andrea Robinson
Sunday, February 26
3 to 4 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
$85

Experience the high life with luxurious and rare foods such as foie gras, pàté, wild venison and their wine partners, brought to you by D'Artagnan Gourmet Food Store.

Wine and Swine presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats
hosted by Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Sunday, February 26
4 to 7 p.m.
Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue
$150 for 21 and older
$75 for 20 and younger

Sixteen chefs and local food lovers share their secrets to how they roast pigs. Throughout the day, they battle it out in the heat to prepare a whole pig and delicious side dishes and desserts. The pigs are natural and farm-raised Duroc & Hampshire breeds.

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