What to Drink at South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2021

The 20th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) will run live with over 65 festival events from Thursday, May 20 through Sunday, May 23, 2021.  The national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. 

This year’s event capacities were reduced by 50% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to keep attendees, staff, talent and the community safe. In accordance with current State of Florida COVID-19 guidelines, along with maintaining SOBEWFF’s own current Health & Safety Protocols, there is a face mask requirement for all participants as well as a pre-attendance health check QR code verification procedure through SymCheck.

Here are some of the top signature festival events, late-night parties and walk-around tastings at the 20th anniversary edition of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, -and what to drink:


Tacos After Dark 

A late-night outdoor fiesta hosted by Jeff Mauro, from the hit Food Network TV show The Kitchen,  as part of the Miami Design District Series. Sip on Tequila Cazadores cocktails while you enjoy tasty variations of Mexico’s most iconic dish -the taco, using succulent lechon, tender pollo and flavorful carne.

Date + Time: Thursday, May 20, 9 pm until 12 am

Location: Miami Design District – Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL

A SOBEWFF® 20th Anniversary Celebration

An outdoor event hosted by Martha Stewart and David Grutman -Miami’s prolific hospitality mogul, featuring a surprise musical performance by a GRAMMY® Award-winning musical artist. No doubt these birthday festivities will flow with bright pink The Pale Rosé wine by Sacha Lichine and Red Stripe beer as well as plenty of CBD-infused food and beverages.

Date + Time:  Thursday, May 20, from 10 pm until 12 am

Location: On the outdoor grounds of The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Wine Spectator Trade Day 

This tented event on the beach is presented by Beverage Media Group, and hosted by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. This invitation-only event offers a sneak peek of the grandest of tastings, where guests will sample rare vintages, unique spirits and select pours while networking with fellow industry leaders.

Date + Time: Friday, May 21, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village, located on the beach at 10th Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Heineken Burger Bash

The fan-favorite Miami Beach Signature event and competition is presented by Schweid & Sons®, and hosted by Bobby Flay. This burger battle takes place under the Festival’s iconic white tents on the sandy beach behind The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach hotel. Carnivorous festival attendees can graze on carefully curated offerings from chefs from across South Florida, including flavorful side dishes that complement each burger perfectly, while sipping on Heineken beer and wine selections including the mclaren vale cabernet sauvignon.

An esteemed panel of judges, including the youngest-ever MasterChef finalist Nick DiGiovanni, will decide who will receive this year’s coveted Schweid & Sons® The Very Best Burger Award. However, this year’s Burger Bash® will be split into two sessions. Both sessions will feature the same chefs, but this award will have two winners – one from each session.

Date + Times:  Friday, May 21, with two separate sessions:

Session 1 at 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm & Session 2 at 9 pm until 11 pm

Location: North Venue, Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Entrance at 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Croquetas & Craft Cocktails

This late-night outdoor cocktail event is part of the Miami Design District Event Series. Eileen Andrade, the talented South Florida chef behind the popular Finka Table + Tap restaurant, her croqueta specialist – and brother – Jonathan Andrade, and one of Miami’s top mixologists Gio Gutierrez aka @ChatChowTV, will serve as the evening’s hosts. Enjoy cocktails, specially curated by Gutierrez, made with some of the best craft, small batch and artisanal spirits around while snacking on a selection of Miami’s best Cuban-style croquetas – breaded and deep-fried, bite-size logs filled with ground ham.

Date + Time:  Friday, May 21, from 10 pm until 12 am

Location: Miami Design District – Jungle Plaza, 3801 Northeast 1st Avenue, Miami

Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown 

This late-night poolside completion at the hip and trendy Surfcomber boutique hotel is presented by BACARDĺ Rums and Patrón Tequila; and hosted by Enrique Santos, Miami’s popular radio host of Tú 94.9’s Morning Show. Festival guests will enjoy an evening of Polynesian flare and tiki-inspired cocktails, while an elite group of mixologists from across South Florida compete to be crowned tiki-King or Queen at the end of the night.

Date + Time:  Saturday, May 22, from 9 pm until 12 am

Location:  Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village 

This marquee SOBEWFF® event, featuring Grand Tasting Tents & Publix Culinary Demonstrations, is sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast,  Festival-goers will need to pace themselves as they stroll through an unending array of scents from more than 30 restaurants that will tantalize their taste buds. Copious offering of wines and spirits from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will be ready to refresh guests. 

Scheduled programming at the Publix Culinary Demo stages provide the opportunity to watch your favorite chefs, authors and culinary personalities in action. Thanks to the Knight Foundation, this year you can also watch demos virtually. 

Webinar registrations, followed up by email confirmations, are available for #SOBEWFF Virtual Culinary Demos, powered by Zoom. Choose the date and session on Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village event pages, under Miami Beach Signature heading, and register by visiting the SOBEWFF website:  sobewff.org/event-type/miami-beach-signature

Date + Times:  Saturday, May 22. Session 1 at 11 am until 2 pm & Session 2 at 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm

Date + Times:  Sunday, May 23. Session 1 at 11 am until 2 pm & Session 2 at 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm

Location: Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village, located on the beach at 10th Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Miami Beach has metered street and lot parking as well as parking garages throughout the city. However, parking is always challenging on South Beach. Free citywide trolley service will be available during the Festival, and will operate 15 hours a day, from 8 am to 11 pm; daily at approximately 30-minute average service frequency along each route. Prepared to walk -on sand as well as city sidewalks, so wear appropriate footwear. Bon appetit and cheers!



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