The 2nd Annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, presented by Visit Lauderdale, will take March 18 – 22 throughout Broward County, Florida. The Festival will feature culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries and breweries. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood will be the Festival’s Charity Partner.
The Festival will begin March 18, with Cocktail Confidential at a Downtown Fort Lauderdale venue to be announced. GFL on the Rise will take place March 20 at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Festival will also include a Grand Tasting Event on March 21, featuring food and beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, as well as a free Family Day presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH) on March 22. Each event will take place at ArtsPark Hollywood.
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the region’s leading
pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. It is a full-service hospital that treats minor illnesses, trauma-related accidents and some of the most complex medical conditions. While Sunday’s Family Day is FREE to attend, the suggested donation for admission is one new/unwrapped toy that will go to the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
“We’re excited to be hosting the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival once again this year and showcasing 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. “We look forward to presenting a fabulous event experience that brings our community together while also giving back to a great local organization.”
The Festival Host Committee includes an eclectic mix of standout nationally acclaimed and local chefs, including Shaun O’Neale, winner of Food Network’s MasterChef Season 7; Chi Chan, Executive Chef at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale; Fulvio Sardelli Jr., Chef/Owner of Sardelli Italian Steakhouse in Hollywood; Josie Smith-Malave, Chef/Co-Owner of Bubbles & Pearls in Wilton Manors; Oliver Saucy, Executive Chef at Café Maxx in Pompano Beach; and Gianpiero Cangelosi and Karen Cangelosi, co-owners of Capriccio’s Ristorante in Pembroke Pines and Tarantella Ristorante in Weston.
Rounding out the Host Committee is Crystl Horton, Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle and 5 Star Sommelier Heath Porter of Heathen Wine Tours.
Feature Photo Credit: Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival