2020 South Beach Wine & Food Festival - SOBEWFF®

Posted by Lori Keroack on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 4:00pm.


The 2020 South Beach Wine & Food Festival SOBEWFF® is celebrating its 19th year.  The annual five-day event showcases wine, spirits, chef culinary personalities plus more than 100 events sprinkled throughout the greater Miami area.  This years’ event will take place February 19 – 23, 2020.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 28, 2019.  If you have a Capital One® credit card, you can purchase tickets during the exclusive pre-sale from October 21st to 27th.  

The motto of SOBEWFF® is Eat. Drink. Educate.  Tantalize your taste buds and whet your whistle knowing that you are helping SOBEWFF® raise money to educate the next generation of culinary trendsetters that have aspirations to be part of the hospitality and tourism industry.  All proceeds from the festival benefit The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism at Florida International University (FIU).  SOBEWFF® raised over $2M in 2019 and more than $30M since the inception of the Festival.  FIU is a top 100 public university in the nation and The Chaplin School is a leading global resource for innovative talent and solutions for the hospitality and tourism industry.  The Chaplin School is the number 1 hospitality school in the Southeast and is recognized as a top 50 hospitality program globally.

There is so much to do at SOBEWFF® and figuring out what you want to do can be overwhelming and intimidating to some.  SOBEWFF® website has multiple filters to help you navigate the website to narrow your choices.  You can search by day, price, or even type of event.  Click the heart in the top right corner of an event to add it to your My Favorites folder so you don’t lose track of an event that interests you.  The favorite tool is definitely awesome and will make your search easier – use it.  Too many choices - pay for your tickets over time.  Select the Monthly Installment Payment Plan option at checkout.

Another perk that Capital One® offers cardholders is entrance to the following exclusive events available only to cardholders: 

  •          Dinner hosted by Anne Burrell and Scott Conant
  •          Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen and Mike Lata
  •          Dinner hosted by Bobby Flay and Tommaso De Simone
  •          Pie-making master class hosted by Pink Pie

The Miami Beach Signature events include Italian Bites on the Beach, Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash, Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, Heineken Burger Bash, Brunch hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Grand Tasting Village, Nulo Pet Food’s Yappie Hour, Beachside BBQ, Chicken Coupe, Tribute Dinner honoring Marcus Samuelsson and Jim Clerkin, Southern Kitchen Brunch, Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village and Bacardi’s Beach Carnival.  Any one of the Miami Beach Signature events is the epitome of SOBEWFF® but highlights of a few of them follow:    

The Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village is the Festival's marquee event and is always an excellent choice.  The Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village features Tasting Tents and Publix Culinary Demonstrations.  Make sure that you go hungry – there will be more than 50 restaurants plus an array of libations and wine from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits at this signature event on Miami Beach.  If you enjoy sampling bold cuisine, trendy wines, signature cocktails while watching your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs, authors and culinary personalities performing on the Publix Culinary Demo stages - then you won't want to miss this event.     

A Beachside BBQ set up on the sands of South Beach and hosted by Guy Fieri is sure to be a blast.  There will be more than 30 of America’s greatest BBQ chefs showing off their barbecuing talents.  Can you imagine the fantastic aromas at this event?  My taste buds are watering already.  The pitmasters and grill maestros will roast beef, pork, poultry, seafood and more.  There will be live music too.  The Beachside BBQ is a signature event for a reason.   

Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best.  Sixty of the nation’s top chefs will showcase their most creative and delicious culinary masterpieces to be paired with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale.  The guest chefs include critically acclaimed chefs, James Beard Award nominees and finalists, Food & Wine Best New Chefs, and many more decorated chefs.  The Fontainebleau is the perfect backdrop for this elaborate walk-around soiree promising the perfect evening.  Surely you will love every minute of this amazing affair as you sample everything from aperitifs to deserts while enjoying a perfectly paired glass of wine.               

Of course there are new events that are debuting in 2020.  The new events include the following:

  •          Chef Mash-Up hosted by The Naughty Fork
  •          Gospel & Falafel hosted by Zak the Baker
  •          SLICED: A Genuine Pizza Party hosted by Michael Schwartz
  •          Sandwich Showdown hosted by Jeff Mauro
  •          Sips & Dips hosted by Adam Richman
  •          Nu Deco Ensemble concert with a Special Performance by Rev Run & Late-Night Bites by Politan Row Miami

Many events are limited to 21 years of age and older, however,  there are some Family Fun events so you can include the kids.  SOBEWFF® Family Fun events include Goya Foods’ Fun and Fit as a Family, Kids Pizza-Making Master Class, Nulo Pet Food’s Yappie Hour and Family Ice Cream Social.  Help your kids discover their love for food with one of these fun events.   

Follow #SOBEWFF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates about The South Beach Wine & Food Festival.  Click here to visit SOBEWFF® website for complete information.   



Lori Keroack is the Business Office Manager of Mizner Residential Group. Lori recently moved to Delray Beach from Connecticut. She is enjoying learning about her new home town and the surrounding areas by researching and blogging about various topics that are relevant to the area.

- Lori Keroack, Business Office Manager - Mizner Residential Group

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