The annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival brings the nation’s hottest restaurateurs and chefs together to party at South Beach hotels, cook romantic dinners, and even teach a few culinary classes. 2016 marks the festival’s fifteenth year running, and it is destined to be one of the biggest food and wine celebrations Miami has ever seen. Whether you choose to just wander the event soaking in the electric vibe, or hit a few see-and-be-seen locations to rub elbows with the biggest names in the food and wine world, you’re sure to have a good time. Here are the top three places you’ve got to visit to see and be seen during SOBEWFF (February 24 – 28, 2016) for romantic dinners and South Beach hotels’ trademark luxury.
Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village
Get up close and personal with your favorite culinary stars at the festival’s signature event. At the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village, you’ll spot TV personalities, such as Guy Fieri giving live cooking demonstrations, hosting interactive games, and pouring vino. When you aren’t soaking up the knowledge, soak up the sun walking around through the outdoor Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents, where you can sample bold dishes from across South Florida. Once you’re ready to relax, sip on a cocktail in the shade or dance to the live DJs playing under the festival’s iconic white tents.
SLS South Beach
The dreamy SLS South Beach is a destination in and of itself any time of year, but during SOBEWFF, it’s one of the most popular South Beach hotels for spotting celebs. The glamorous hotel features white chandeliers, a penthouse designed by musician Lenny Kravitz, and two swimming pools that are always filled with Miami’s most beautiful bodies. During the festival, house chef José Andrés is throwing an exclusive paella and tapas party by the pool, where his chef pals will dish out Spanish favorites for one of the sexiest, most romantic dinners you could ever find on the beach.
CENA by Michy
James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein is the unofficial global ambassador for the Miami food scene. Her newly renovated restaurant, CENA by Michy, is destined to be the hottest reservation in town for romantic dinners. Book a table now for a chance to try her Latin-inspired dishes such as sweetbread tacos and scallops tempura. You’ll probably even spot bubbly Bernstein herself, welcoming her chef friends—and VIPs like you—in for the festival.