SOBEWFF Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up of Events with COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

SOBEWFF Casa Dragones
SOBEWFF Tacos after Dark – Loews Miami Beach – Photo Credit Luisy Rocha @goprogirlmiami

The Festival Returns with New Standards to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. and Support Local May 20-23, 2021

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 this Spring, May 20-23, 2021. The Festival will look and feel different this year, but the commitment is unchanged – 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) and to aid the South Florida hospitality industry during the regrowth phase by giving participating chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs a platform to promote their businesses.

To ensure the safety of Festival-goers and Festival staff, SOBEWFF® has consulted with the FIU Healthcare Committee on COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols that follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami Beach. Among them, attendees can expect to provide proof and/or attestation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours prior to the event(s) or alternatively proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination; presentation of a cleared SymCheck™️ QR Code; a contactless ticketing system; and temperature checks at all events. 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. For full details, please visit sobewff.org/covid-guidelines.

SOBEWFF Girl Tiki Party
SOBEWFF Art of Tiki – Kimpton Surfcomber Miami Beach

The 20th annual Festival will kick-off ThursdayMay 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 20 years 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 the fan-favorite famous chicken sandwich (yes, that 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)
  • 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.

SOBEWFF Casa Tua
SOBEWFF Mangia After Dark – Casa Tua Brickell

New event additions to the 20th-anniversary Festival 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)
  • Celebration Dessert Party! 20 Years of Miami Spice and SOBEWFF® hosted by Scott Conant (Saturday, May 22)
  • Rockin’ Sushi hosted by The Succulent Bite® (Saturday, May 22)
  • Brunch hosted by Adrianne Calvo and Claire Robinson part of the Town House® Cracker Brunch Series (Sunday, May 23)
  • BACARDI’s Best of the Fest hosted by Andrew Zimmern with a special performance by Rev-Run (Sunday, May 23)

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 Foodan Unlikely Familyand the American Dream (Thursday, May 20)
  • Locals Only Dinner hosted by Luciana GiangrandiAlex Meyer & Zak Stern (Thursday, May 20)
  • Dinner hosted by Thomas Keller and Manuel Echeverri at The Surf Club Restaurant (Friday, May 21)
  • Dinner hosted by Enrique Olvera and Diego Oka (Friday, May 21)
  • Dinner hosted by Mike BagaleVirgilio Martínez, and Anthony Le Pape part of the American Airlines Dinner Series (Saturday, May 22)
  • Dinner hosted by Andrew Zimmern, Michael Schwartz, and Michael Paley (Saturday, May 22)
  • Dinner hosted by Michael White and Antonio Mermolia part of the American Airlines Dinner Series (Saturday, May 22)
  • Sunday Supper hosted by Mario Carbone (Sunday, May 23)

Ticket sales open to the public on MondayMarch 22, 2021. The complete line-up of events for the 20th annual Festival is available online at sobewff.org. Stay up to date all year long by following along with the #SOBEWFF hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Zulma Torres

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