MIAMI BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Representing the primary main gastronomic occasion to happen this yr, the 20th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) drew greater than 30,000 attendees to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. Could 20-23, 2021. Broadly generally known as one among America’s favourite gourmand gatherings on the seashore, the Pageant consisted of greater than 70 occasions, spanning Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Seaside counties. Since its inception, the Pageant has raised greater than $31.8 million to assist the training of the longer term leaders of the hospitality trade on the Chaplin Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Administration at Florida Worldwide College.
With the Pageant’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols in place, SOBEWFF® delivered a memorable visitor expertise that featured a large number of latest security measures and tips all through the weekend. Visitor well being screening at occasion venues included temperature checks, attestation of both a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at not more than 72 hours previous to the occasion or accomplished vaccination and presentation of a cleared SymCheck™ QR Code; and a contactless ticketing system. As well as, the Pageant utilized the primary crew of licensed COVID-19 detection canines within the U.S. at choose SOBEWFF® venues. All Pageant occasions befell outside and adopted strict capability restrictions, cleansing and sanitization protocols and masks necessities.
“I contemplate the 20th annual Pageant successful not just for my crew however for our trade, particularly with the difficult circumstances we confronted in planning the return of the nation’s first main gastronomic occasion,” stated Lee Brian Schrager, Pageant Founder & Director. “From day one we centered on creating a program that might spotlight and profit the hospitality trade whereas concurrently placing a premium on the well being and security of everybody concerned and we really feel we achieved simply that.”
The weekend extravaganza was stuffed with particular moments at each occasion, however a couple of highlights embody:
- Miami-based restaurant Kush, owned by FIU Hospitality alumnus Matt Kuscher, took residence the Heineken® Folks’s Selection Award on Friday, Could 21 throughout session one of many Heineken Burger Bash offered by Schweid & Sons® hosted by Bobby Flay and native pop-up Ted’s Burgers took residence the highest honor throughout session two.
- Frosty’s Lab Nitrogen Yogurt & Ice Cream was the winner of Yelp’s Greatest Chunk on the Seaside Award at Goya Meals’ Grand Tasting Village that includes Grand Tasting Tents & Publix Culinary Demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast on Saturday, Could 22.
- The FIU Bartenders Guild, a scholar group, acquired the Artwork of Tiki Folks’s Selection Award for his or her unique cocktail, “The Sunblazer”, at Artwork of Tiki Cocktail Showdown offered by BACARDI Rums and Patrón Tequila hosted by Enrique Santos on Saturday, Could 22.
- Poblano South took residence Yelp’s Greatest Chunk on the Seaside Award at Goya Meals’ Grand Tasting Village that includes Grand Tasting Tents & Publix Culinary Demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast on Sunday, Could 23.
- Chef Jorgie Ramos was named winner of the Goya Meals Folks’s Selection Award at Goya Meals’ Swine & Wine hosted by Robert Irvine & Fernando Desa on Sunday, Could 23.
The 20th annual Pageant introduced quite a lot of musical entertainers to please followers at a number of occasions. On Thursday, Could 20 SOBEWFF® kicked-off with a poolside efficiency from GRAMMY® Award-winning digital duo The Chainsmokers on the Pageant’s twentieth Anniversary Celebration hosted by Martha Stewart and David Grutman. Throughout Sundown Comfortable Hour offered by Santo Tequila hosted by Man Fieri and Sammy Hagar co-host and Rock and Roll Corridor of Famer Sammy Hagar took the stage to carry out a shock set. GRAMMY® Award-winner and 90s icon Rev Run took the turntables at BACARDI presents Better of the Fest hosted by Andrew Zimmern and closed out the Pageant with an unforgettable deejay set.
The pageant’s 20th annual Tribute Dinner honored the excellent accomplishments of the culinary neighborhood’s beloved Italian icon and Chef, Giada De Laurentiis and former CEO of Bacardi USA Eduardo M. Sardiña. Miami royalty and Masters of Ceremonies Emilio & Emily Estefan hosted the al fresco affair which befell poolside on the Loews Miami Seaside Resort. An unparalleled roster of extremely embellished cooks got here collectively to curate a menu designed to have a good time these two esteemed personalities, together with: Alex Guarnaschelli, Fabio Trabocchi, Frederic Delaire, Giancarla Bodoni and Michael Pirolo.
Many further occasions, seminars, digital demos and extra rounded out the Pageant weekend. In complete, the Pageant served up greater than 4,500 circumstances of wines and spirits from valued manufacturers a part of the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS) portfolio, and featured greater than 300 cooks, winemakers, spirits producers and life-style personalities.
Along with the weekend extravaganza, the Pageant helps the area people all yr lengthy. In 2020 alone, SOBEWFF® hosted a collection of bake gross sales, digital cocktail lessons and vacation choices which raised greater than $1.6 million to offer monetary assist to independently owned and operated eating places and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by means of the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin Faculty Hospitality Business Reduction Fund. The SOBEWFF® Artisan Meals Market on Lincoln Highway, a limited-series outside month-to-month market which launched January 2021, gave over 60 small native culinary companies a chance to showcase and promote their artisanal creations to the general public. As well as, Pageant host Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits partnered with Wine Spectator for an public sale which raised $1.7 million for restaurant staff affected by the pandemic.
Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place every October in New York Metropolis, greater than $45 million has been raised to learn the respective charities for every Pageant. Past the funds raised, each Festivals draw consideration to the colourful eating tradition of their respective cities, present financial stimulus of their communities, and function a useful platform to drive consciousness, have interaction and encourage individuals to get entangled in philanthropic actions and assist the area people.
SAVE THE DATE: SOBEWFF® will return for its 21st annual version February 24-27, 2022. Keep updated all yr lengthy by following together with the #SOBEWFF hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Fb.
In regards to the Meals Community & Cooking Channel South Seaside Wine & Meals Pageant offered by Capital One
EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. All proceeds from the Pageant profit the scholars of the Florida Worldwide College Chaplin Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Administration who additionally help Pageant organizers with sponsorship success, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and stock in addition to working alongside a number of the world’s best movie star cooks and winemakers. So far, SOBEWFF® has raised greater than $31.8 million for the Faculty. In September 2019, BizBash named the Pageant the #1 Meals & Restaurant Business occasion in the US for the seventh yr in a row.
The South Seaside Wine & Meals Pageant® is produced by Florida Worldwide College and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, with the assist of the Miami Seaside Guests & Conference Authority and the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs. For extra details about the Pageant, go to sobewff.org or name 877-762-3933. For extra details about Florida Worldwide College go to fiu.edu, for the Chaplin Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Administration go to hospitality.fiu.edu and for extra details about Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits go to southernglazers.com.