Rick's Reviews: Best of the Fests

A taste of Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach during last year’s Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival. Photo via the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, Facebook.

One of the best things about living in South Florida is the vast array of food festivals and food events offering enticing opportunities to taste a variety of scrumptious fare. The majority of these events are scheduled during the Spring months while the snowbirds are still in town and before the weather becomes too hot.   

Here’s an overview of some of the fests slated for this Spring. For some events, tickets are required and the fee includes food and drinks. Occasionally, discounts are offered for early purchase. Other events are free to enter, and you purchase food directly from vendors.  Some events are specifically for ages 21 and older, check the event websites for specific information. 

The 13th Street Craft Beer & Wine Festival will be held Monday, March 2 in Fort Lauderdale. Six street blocks will be closed (along 13th St., from 4th to 10th Ave.) for pedestrian traffic only from 4 p.m. till midnight.  Admission is free however craft beer & wine sampling packages can be purchased in advance. Event highlights along the hot new District 13 area, with creative retail, dining and shops include a classic car show, more than a dozen local breweries with beer sampling for ticket holders, food trucks, artisan’s market, live music and DJs. General admission is free and craft beer and wine tasting tickets can be $30 purchased in advance at eventbrite.com, $35 the day of event.

For more info, go to centralcityalliance.org. 

The 6th Annual Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest will be held on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 in Wellington. The two-day event features great live music, artists and crafters, an eclectic menu of bacon-infused culinary delights and a collection of over 60 bourbons and whiskeys for your tasting pleasure. For more information, go to baconbourbonfest.com.  

Catch the wave during the annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Enjoy local and regional bands, live performance art, a juried fine art vendors and crafters showcase, family activities, and seafood galore in the heart of downtown Dania Beach at Frost Park. For more information, go to daniabeachfl.gov. 

The 2nd Annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival(GFLFW) will take place from Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22. The festival will feature culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries and breweries. GFLFW will kick off on Wednesday, March 18, with Cocktail Confidential at Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, and GFL on the Rise will take place Friday, March 20, at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. The festival will also include a Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, March 21 featuring food and beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment at ArtsPark Hollywood. For more information, check out gflfoodwine.com.

The Las Olas Wine & Food Festival will take place on Friday Apr. 3. Guests will sip, sample and enjoy dishes from 50-plus of South Florida’s finest restaurants and more than 40 wineries and breweries. Tickets are $150, which includes entrance into the festival as well as all the sips, samples, mixing, and mingling one can do, as you enjoy 50-plus restaurants and 40-plus wineries. A $50 VIP upgrade includes early entry and a private reception. The VIP reception will include hors d’oeuvres from a few exclusive restaurants from the area as well as signature wines and cocktails to kick off your happy hour experience before the main event. For information, contact lasolaswff.com.

 

 


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