The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) today unveiled a star-studded 21st anniversary lineup.
Widely recognized as one of America’s favorite foodie gatherings on the beach, the four-day festival returns to the sands from February 24-27, 2022 and will feature more than 90 events spanning Miami-Dade and Broward counties. For the 21st installment, personalities from the Food Network & Cooking Channel and more than 400 chefs and producers of wines and spirits will come together to create an unforgettable epicurean feast composed of tastings, intimate dinners, evening evenings, brunches, lunches, masterclasses, wine seminars and more.
On Thursday, February 24, iconic chef, restaurateur, Emmy Award-winning TV host and Flavortown Mayor Guy Fieri will kick off the festivities as he hosts NEW Diners, Drive- Ins and Dives LIVE. With roadside dinners, vintage drive-ins and off-the-beaten-path “dives”, guests will get a taste of Guy Fieri’s travels across America as they launch backbites of over 25 restaurants looking for the best “fat spoon” featured on the hit show.
That week, the festival’s iconic outdoor tasting tents return to the shores of South Beach with a mix of new and classic events meant to showcase the country’s most talented chefs and lifestyle personalities. Events include:
- The 16th annual Burger Bash® returns as Red Stripe Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons®, hosted by Rachael Ray and José Andrés. (Friday February 25)
- The Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village, featuring Publix cooking demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast, will feature Food Network and Cooking Channel fan favorite personalities and the country’s most famous chefs! (Saturday February 26 and Sunday February 27)
- A reimagined tacos and tequila presented by Tequila Cazadores hosted by Aarón Sánchez will feature various iterations of Mexico’s most iconic dish. (Saturday February 26)
- The BACARDI carnival organized by Andrew Zimmern returns to close the 21st annual festival with the ultimate beach party! (Sunday February 27)
Those looking to experience relaxed elegance can head to the Miami Design District – the city’s premier neighborhood and shopping destination. The Miami Design District’s series of events – which takes place exclusively during the festival weekend – will be anchored at the iconic Jungle Plaza and feature a host of new events that celebrate fashion, architecture, design and fashion. innovative world-class catering to the district. Highlights include:
- Steak and Whiskey hosted by Michael Symon, the undisputed King of Carnivores! (Thursday February 24)
- Experience a dose of bella vita during A Taste of Italy hosted by Anne Burrell. (Friday February 25)
- Vice City Tapas & Craft Cocktails hosted by Michelle Bernstein will present the best bites in town, perfectly paired with Miami-inspired craft cocktails. (Saturday February 26)
Keep the party going with one of the Festival’s popular brunches. A leader in nightlife and hospitality, David Grutman once again partners with GRAMMY® award-winning artist and producer Pharrell for a Williams Family Kitchen Soul Food Brunch hosted by Pharoah and Pharrell Williams at SWAN on Saturday February 26. Kalen Allen’s Organized Drag Brunch featuring MCs Kim Chi and Athena Dion will celebrate the LGBTQ community, its unique culture and influence in South Florida on Sunday, February 25. That same day, Food Network Emmy®-winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen host Trisha Yearwood returns to host her signature Southern Kitchen brunch at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Want to ignite your taste buds? Check out a Korean barbecue-style brunch hosted by Andrew Zimmern and David Shim at one of the city’s hottest restaurants to open this year, COTE.
Guests who wish to hone their culinary skills alongside the experts should snag seats at one of the Festival’s Master Classes! Choose from a variety of classes such as Craft Cocktail Making at Sweet Liberty, a Pasta Making Class and Lunch with Michael Pirolo, Bread Making with Sullivan Street Bakery, Ramen Making with InRamen, a Making Class spice with Adeena Sussman and Suite!
The jewel of the festival, the Tribute Dinner, will take place on Saturday February 26 and will honor the exceptional achievements of Guy Fieri, beloved and iconic in the culinary community, as well as Bill and Peter Deutsch of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. James Beard Award-winning chef and 2017 SOBEWFF® Tribute Dinner winner, José Andrés will be the master of ceremonies. Later that night, join Guy Fieri’s Late Night Party under the stars hosted by the ’90s icon, GRAMMY® Award winner and frontman of legendary RUN DMC, Rev Run.
A plethora of unique one-night-only collaborations hosted by some of the country’s most critically acclaimed chefs and paired with a variety of premium wines and spirits from the festival’s exclusive supplier, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, will accent the dinner intimate of this year. Series. Participating chefs and personalities include Daniel Boulud, Eva Longoria Bastón, Marcus Samuelsson, Laurent Tourondel, Nyesha Arrington, Mario Carbone, Maneet Chauhan, Michael White, Esther Choi, Ming Tsai, Nobu Matsuhisa, Ed Szymanski and Patricia Howard, Fabio Viviani, Amanda Freitag, Akira Back, Jonathan Waxman, Sarah Grueneberg, Marc Forgione, Aarti Sequeira, George Mendes, Lorena Garcia and Stephanie Izard.
As part of the entry requirements for SOBEWFF®, all participants must complete a digital health exam through SymCheck ™. This includes the attestation of either: a negative COVID-19 test no later than 72 hours before the event OR a completed vaccination plus the presentation of a validated SymCheck ™ QR code. For more details on Festival health and safety protocols, please visit sobewff.org/health-safety-protocols.
To date, the Festival has raised over $ 31.8 million in support of its educational mission to train future hospitality industry leaders at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the CRF.
Between SOBEWFF® and his sister NYCWFF, over $ 45 million was raised for the benefit of the respective charities of every Feast. Beyond the funds raised, the two festivals draw attention to the dynamic culinary cultures of their respective cities, stimulate the economy in their communities and serve as a platform to raise awareness and the engagement of a wide range of philanthropic activities.
SAVE THE DATE: The exclusive Capital One cardholder presale for the 2022 Festival begins Monday, November 8 at 9 a.m. EST online at sobewff.org or by calling 866.271.8540 (phone sales open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST).
General ticket sales will begin at midnight on Monday, November 15. The complete line-up of events for the 21st Annual Festival is now available online at sobewff.org. Stay up to date year round by following the #SOBEWFF hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
CRF students and volunteers help run the Festival. More than 1200 participate each year. In addition, many alumni are now part of the Festival staff.