The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival will debut March 22 – March 24, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, featuring culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries and breweries.
The Festival, which will benefit Feeding South Florida, will showcase Broward County’s emerging chefs and restaurateurs and highlight the culinary renaissance that is currently sweeping through Broward County. It will include a include a full-day Grand Tasting Event on March 23 featuring beverage tastings, cooking demos, live music and art installations from local talent; and a free Family Day & Food Drive benefitting Feeding South Florida on March 24. Each evens will take place at ArtsPark Hollywood. There will also be a Kick-off event on March 22 in Fort Lauderdale with details to be released soon.
Early bird special rates for General Admission tickets range from $60 – $75. Early bird special rates for VIP tickets range from $95 – $125.
Chef Angelo Elia, owner of the Angelo Elia Restaurant Group which includes Casa D’Angelo, Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas and The Bakery Bar, and one of Broward County’s premiere chefs, will be Festival’s Host Chef. During the Grand Tasting event, Chef Angelo will “wow” the attendees with a unique cooking demonstration. Every year since September 2000, Chef Elia has been honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. He has also received the “Golden Spoon Award” from Florida Trend Magazine for the past 18 years.
The weekend will benefit Feeding South Florida, with a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Tasting on Saturday being donated to the charity. While Sunday’s Family Day is free to attend, the suggested donation for admission is four canned goods per person that will go directly to Feeding South Florida.
“We’re excited to launch the Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival to introduce all the wonderful culinary delights and spirits that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area has to offer our local residents and out-of-town visitors,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Founder Kate Reed, a veteran of producing major South Florida events and building philanthropy efforts. “We look forward to providing a fabulous event experience to bring our community together while benefitting local charities.”
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