The South Beach Wine and Food Festival offered some of our favorite people in the food world the chance to kick back, drink mojitos, and hang out with one another. Even though we were at a food event, the wine and cocktails part seemed to be the first thing on everybody's mind. From Bobby Flay chugging his two huge drinks on stage to Michael Chiarello doing a bit of a pole dance, click through to see who we spotted.
If you're wondering what we ate in South Beach, the real question is: what didn't we eat in South Beach? From spice-rubbed ribs to stone crabs and tuna tataki to Côtes du Rhône wines, we had everything — but we wanted to share with you what was truly spectacular under the tents in the Grand Tasting Village.
It's no secret here at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival that Guy Fieri's demo is hands down the most highly anticipated cooking demo of the festival. After all, last year's saw fanatical crowds and the onslaught of a slurricane machine.
While Guy's demo this year was a feat not to be missed, perhaps even more entertaining was the presence of a Guy Fieri impostor who we caught sight of while waiting for Guy's demo to begin. We thought he was the man of the hour himself from afar, with the shirt, the goatee, the spiky platinum tips, and the sunglasses — but quickly realized this man wasn't rocking the same sun glow that, hours before, was pouring us cups of homemade jungle juice at the SOBE afterparty.
It's no secret that Guy Fieri has impostors, but this one had no fear of showing up his favorite celebrity chef. Where did he turn up, one might wonder? Well, everywhere: in the tents tasting off-the-hook food, chatting it up with other festival-goers, and waiting for his idol to take center stage. Keep clicking to see some of the places we spotted Guy Fieri's impersonator.
This year, for the first time, Rachael Ray crowned a Burger Bun King of South Beach Wine and Food Festival. She took some time at the end of her demonstration in the village to bring some of her friends and colleagues on stage. We're not sure if the crowd was prepared for what followed. The audience actually got to pick which chef had the best buns. But we're not so sure she meant burger buns! Click through to find out who the lucky winner was.
Without a doubt, the biggest event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is Rachael Ray's annual Burger Bash. The event was bigger and badder than ever, with 32 burgers from top restaurants and chefs across the country. It was also incredibly loud, hot, sweaty, sandy, and chaotic; frankly, we're not sure how we survived it. But we did eat some stellar burgers: read on to see who served what, and — of course — who won the coveted Burger Bash prizes!
We started off the 2012 South Beach Wine and Food Festival in a big way: at Moët Hennessy's The Q, a barbecue and bubbly bash that took place under a tent right under the stars of South Beach. The grillout, which was hosted by Food Network pals Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri, was filled with plenty of other star chefs, from Anne Burrell to Stephanie Izard. Check out everything we filled up on — plus all of our behind-the-scenes party pics — when you click ahead.
This weekend marks the 11th annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and we're en route to check in on the scene as you read this.
You may know that the festival offers an exciting mix of celebrity chefs, culinary demos, and of course, wine and food — but there's plenty more that goes on behind the scenes. We thought it'd be fun to offer a glimpse of the event by the numbers. Let's begin with the biggest one: the festival will see 57,000 ticketed attendees over the course of this weekend. For more surprising facts, keep reading.
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It's been only five days since the final event, but I'm already craving my return to next year's NYC Wine & Food Festival. Between stunning views, world-class restaurant chefs, and an always-colorful New York crowd, it's hard not to want to be back in the Big Apple.
Share the same sentiments? Start planning for next year — and until then, enjoy these parting shots from the 2011 NYC Wine & Food Festival.
San Francisco's biggest food event, SF Chefs, took place this past weekend, and it was larger than ever. When I entered the festival's third-annual Grand Tasting, there was a line around the block to see some of the country's brightest names in cooking, from Martin Yan to Hubert Keller. Check out the talent we bumped into — along with the best bites and sips we tasted.