robert irvine South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Robert Irvine with baby cub at Fun & Fit as a Family / SOBEWFF

Food and wine lovers rejoice. It’s time for the 16th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Get ready to fulfill your every craving during one of the 85+ events taking place in 2017. While some people travel internationally to attend this popular festival, we are lucky to live just an uber ride away. The biggest challenge now is to decide what event(s) to attend. While some people equate the festival as being a bit over their budget, we’re here to prove to you that this festival doesn’t have to be. It just takes a little planning.

South Beach Wine and Food Festival on the Cheap

Buddhas & Bellinis
Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel Americana Lawn
1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Saturday and/or Sunday, February 25 & 26
10:30 a.m. – noon
Tickets: $35

After all of the eating and drinking taking place during the 16th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, you might want to bring some peacefulness into your life. Therefore, make plans to attend Buddhas & Bellinis, sponsored by Lifeway Kefir. This morning refresher that includes a yoga session, followed by Bellinis and Kefin and a panel discussion on health, wellness and self-care in the modern world hosted by wellness advocate Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Food and Dawn Feinberg of Dawn B Yoga.

Badia Spices Fun & Fit as a Family
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
Sat & Sun, February 25 & 26
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Gift the kids healthy cooking skills and take them to Fun & Fit as a Family. This annual events brings the kids together with their favorites chefs for food, fitness and fun in the Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen. Kids and the parents will learn the basics of leading a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and enjoy a variety of healthy activities throughout the day.

Celebrity Book Signings and Discussions
Books & Books, Harbour
9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour
Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25
Tickets: Free

SOBEWFF is sponsoring a variety of celebrity book signings and discussions at Books & Books in Bal Harbour. Enjoy listening to Martha Stewart on Friday evening from 5-6 p.m. (Rsvp required to [email protected] ); Gabrielle Hamilton, author of The New York Times’ bestselling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef on Saturday from 1-2 p.m.; and Celebrity Chef / Author Michael Solomonov, co-author of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking and owner of Federal Donuts (with a  soon-to-open outpost in Miami) on Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sam Sifton, the food editor for the New York Times, will be leading the discussions.

Sunday Grand Tasting Village from 3-5 p.m.
Grand Tasting Village, 13th St. & Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
February, February 26 from 3-5 p.m.
Tickets: $100

If you’re interested in attending the Grand Tasting event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival this year, but don’t want to shell out the $225, you’ll be happy to know that there is a cheaper alternative. This newer option lets you enjoy sumptuous bites from your favorite chefs, a plethora of wine, culinary demonstrations and book signing scheduled between 3-5 p.m. and vote for your favorite bite. Sure, you won’t be able to attend for the entirety of the event, but you’ll still leave with your tummy fully satiated.

Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats
Shelborne Miami Beach
1801 Collins Avenue – Entrance on 18th Street
February, 24  from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: $95

Satisfy your sweet tooth on February 24, and head to Shelborne Miami Beach. For one night only, a few of the top names in the dessert world will gather together for an over-the-top celebration highlighting sweets, donuts and of what other than fried chicken. The featured chefs of the evening include Max Santiago and the team from The Salty Donut, along with Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis from The Sarsaparilla Club. Joining the trio will be Gabe Orta and Elid Zvi from The Broken Shaker & 27 Restaurant who will complete your evening with perfectly paired artisanal cocktails