Miami Beaches Premier Food Festival
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival showcases some of the top food and wine experts in the world, including Food Network TV personalities. A four-day food and wine festival complete with wine tastings, gourmet dinners, seminars, cooking demonstrations, tributes and the Food Network Awards Show. Previous years the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival featured such names as Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart and Guy Fieri.
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Widely recognized as America’s most prestigious gourmet gathering, the festival began as a one-day festival known as the Florida Extravaganza held at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. For five years, from 1997-2001, the Florida Extravaganza showcased wines from national and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants and chefs working with students of FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. In 2002, Lee Brian Schrager, then director of Special Events and Media Relations at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, took the reigns of the one-day festival and brought his vision for the festival to life by relocating it to South Beach. The renamed South Beach Wine & Food Festival® attracted close to 7,000 guests to a series of dinners, seminars, a Grand Tasting Village and live Auction in its first year. The following year, the Festival grew, attracting close to 10,000 people and garnered extensive national media coverage. In 2004, with the addition of a number of events and a revamping of the program, the Festival doubled in size and attracted more than 20,000 guests to the three-day event.