What started out many moons ago as a cute food little tasting at FIU has exploded into one of the world’s largest face-stuffing, Food Network-chef-stalking events ever. And although the mouthful that is The Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival may be either sold out or too big of an investment for some, there are a few unofficial food-centric events you may still enjoy without depleting your savings account.
Second Annual Kitchen Collab Brunch
Among them is the Second Annual Kitchen Collab Brunch with Robert Irvine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, February 20 at Tongue & Cheek. Head to 431 Washington Avenue, where for $125, you can stuff your face with a three-course meal prepped by T&C’s Jamie De Rosa and the star of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible. Tickets include food and a signed copy of Irvine’s new book, “Impossible to Easy.” For more information or to purchase tickets, call (305) 704-2900.
Eats N Beats
Then there’s Eats N Beats, taking place from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Design District’s Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave. for another unaffiliated food-related event featuring the tunes of DJs Irie, Michelle Pooch, and more — and, of course, food. Lots of it. Among the purveyors: Bocce Bar, SooWoo Japanese, Red the Steakhouse, Chef Adrianne’s, The Naked Taco, Nikki Beach, Brother Jimmy’s Sugar Yummy Mama, and Ana Paz Cakes. Wash it all down with cocktails and spirits by Blackwell Rum, Toast Vodka, Modelo Beer, Birthday Cake Wines, and more. Tickets start at $99 and are available at Wantickets.
If the thought of all this consumption makes you feel a bit sloth-like, get an earlyish start on Saturday, when from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the South Beach Wine and Food Festival steps up to the plate during the Winter Warm-Up at Marlins Park, 1380 NW 6th St. The free event will give fans an opportunity to pose with the Marlins’ World Series trophies — yep, they have two — and sniff around in the Marlins’ dugout. There will also be autograph stations, player selfie ops, and a Q&A with some teammates. This includes music, entertainment, and even a little league game. For more info, visit Marlins.com or MarlinsBeisbol.com.
Kryptonite Metal Festival
Also pretty energetic and calorie-burning is the Kryptonite Metal Festival, 4 p.m. Saturday at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., where for $10 you can bang your head to the tune of Ornimental, Suffering Tool, and an assortment of hardcore-sounding bands until 3 a.m. In total, there will be three stages, 35 bands, a Guitar God competition, vendors, door prizes, and more. Aspirin is not included.