Festivals pump life and excitement into a city. I know this because I’ve been a part of the Toronto International Film Festival for 10 years now and every year it only gets bigger and better. When travelling and visiting new cities, they’re a great way to learn about the people, history, and culture of the place your’re at.


Chef Jonathon Sawyer (left) with member of his Greenhouse Tavern crew.

Miami is known for several festivals, The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is one of them. What started as a one-day festival aimed at benefiting Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center is going into its 13th year and to date has raised more than $18 million dollars for the school.

For foodies, wine connasiours, and alcohol enthusiasts in general, this festival is the place to be. It doesn’t hurt that most parties/events take place in beautiful hotels or surfside. Oh, participants also have the opportunity to rub shoulders with their favourite Food Network chefs. Overall, it’s deemed to be an amazing festival that’s guaranteed to satisfy everyone regardless of what they’re craving.


The above reasons are why we decided to come to South Beach and escape the winter woes. The festival kicked off on Thursday with Moët Hennessy’s The Q and runs throughout the weekend. We can’t wait to take a bite out of it (pun intended…sorry). Stay tuned for pics, highlights and reviews.

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