BEATS ON THE BEACH TAKE CENTER STAGE AT 16th ANNUAL FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

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– The Festival Returns February 22 – 26, 2017 –

Miami Beach, Florida (February 16, 2017) – Widely recognized as one of America’s favorite epicurean celebrations, the 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 22 – 26, 2017. Designed to keep both taste buds and toes dancing at every turn, this year’s gourmet gathering will feature a wide array of music experiences integrated into many of its signature Miami Beach events.

Kicking off the Festival on Thursday, February 23 is Little River Band presented by Magic City Casino at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli. While more than 30 chefs take guests on a culinary tour of Italy in the sand, while they sip on perfectly paired wines and libations, one of Australia’s most popular rock bands – who has 10 top 20 songs on U.S. Billboard charts – will keep the good times flowing with their signature sound.

On Saturday, February 25, Tanqueray brand ambassador Snoop Dogg will also take to the tables immediately following his KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration with Guy Fieri for a short spin on the ones and twos to close-out the day at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents. The party will continue that night in the Festival’s signature white tent in the sand beachside at Delano during BACARDÍ On The Beach. Rev Run and DJ Ruckus will lay down the late-night beats while guests satiate their palates with signature libations and bites from 20 of South Florida’s favorite spots.

The Festival has partnered with nightlife visionary David Grutman to present a brand new featured experience at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village on Sunday, February 26. Grutman will transform the courtyard into a custom all-day experience ideated by the energetic impresario himself, featuring live beats by the dynamic, internationally-renowned INGROSSO in the afternoon. The Festival’s special reduced price ticket – 3-5 on Ocean Drive – is on sale now, providing access to the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village, including the David Grutman Experience featuring sounds by INGROSSO, on Sunday, February 26 from 3 – 5 PM (EST) for $100 per person.
Closing out the beats and eats of every gourmand’s favorite weekend in the sand, the Festival has collaborated with Menin Hospitality to bring you live entertainment at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern on Sunday, February 26. Between the vivacious fare getting served up from more than 30 chefs, interactive games brought to you by Ricky’s and flowing libations, guest won’t want Sunday Funday to end.

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Tickets for all events at the 2017 Festival are available online at sobewff.org or by calling 877.762.3933 (Phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST).

Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $33 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

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About the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers. To date, the Festival has raised more than $24 million for the School. In September 2016, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fourth year in a row.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is produced by Florida International University and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit sobefest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit fiu.edu, for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management visit hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits visit southernglazers.com.