FIFTY SHADES OF FOOD: 16th ANNUAL FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL LAUNCHES SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY PROMOTION

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– Satisfy Your Every Craving This February –

Miami Beach, Florida (February 2, 2017) – Grab a sweet and savory deal this Valentine’s Day with the Fifty Shades of Food promotion for the 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®). This special, limited-time promotion allows you and yours access to set your taste buds aflame compliments of more than 50 chefs.

Starting at 9:00 A.M. Monday, February 6, Festival fans who use code VDAY17 when purchasing two (2) or more tickets to Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli will also receive two (2) tickets to BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus. The deal doesn’t end there – each couple will also receive a complimentary copy of Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, November 2012). The Fifty Shades of Food promotion runs through midnight on February 14.

It’s all amore at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach to kick-off the Festival’s signature Miami Beach events on Thursday, February 23. More than 30 chefs will lead you through a culinary tour of Italy while you sip on offerings from Aperol, Campari, Cynar, Folonari, Frangelico, Heineken Light, Melini, and Strongbow. Leading ladies Valerie Bertinelli and Alex Guarnaschelli will share some of their favorite bites with guests, and one of Australia’s most popular rock bands – Little River Band presented by Magic City Casino – will keep everyone’s toes tapping in the sand.

The party will continue in the Festival’s signature white tent in the sand beachside at Delano on Saturday, February 25 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.

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.