Ice Cream Treats & Good Eats at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is considered the crème de la crème of all food festivals.  If you were in South Beach area, there is a high chance that you would have rubbed elbows with tons of celebrity chefs and food personalities.

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We arrived at South Beach around 1pm and headed to the James Royal Palm Hotel for the Big Gay Ice Cream Social hosted by Chef Art Smith. If you are unfamiliar with Chef Art, he is Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef and is the executive chef for Lady Gaga’s restaurant Joanne located in NYC. This free event was held to raise awareness for marriage equality. We were able to snag a picture with Chef Art Smith and Food Network’s Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes.  We even spotted a couple of former Bravo Top Chef contestants mingling in the crowd. Our favorite ice cream delights were the mango sorbet and the vanilla coconut sorbet. It was so refreshing and perfect for a clear warm sunny day at the beach. This event was a great turn out and it was nice to see TV personalities stopping by and showing their support for a great cause.

Next stop, the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village.  This event is usually a crowd favorite out of all the events. There were two huge tents that consisted of restaurants passing out bite sized portions of their popular dishes and beautiful models pouring unlimited wines and cocktails. In between the tasting tents, there was a Cruzan station playing live music of Caribbean beats and for a second we forgot that we were still in Miami. After that we headed to the book signing tent and we spotted Anthony Bourdain and Rachael Ray. Then got a seat at the Kitchen Aid tent to watch a culinary demonstration by Food Network’s Tyler Florence.

Overall, it was a great day with delicious food, cocktails, beautiful Miami weather, and great company!

“One of the dishes that stood out was the roasted shrimp with spicy mayo by Egg Whites Catering. What was most impressive was the egg shell presentation.”-Ayeh

“ My personal ‘Best Bite on the Beach’ was the Reneboy from Aijo Japanese Cuisine. These rice balls wrapped in raw salmon was topped of with a sweet eel sauce. Very delectable.”-Mo

“I enjoyed the mini tacos from Mercadito in Midtown! They were full of flavor and I wanted more”-Jenn

-Jenn
@AsianSenzation

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Categories: Food Festivities, How Eventful, Miami

Author:Jenn

Nurse with an adventurous palate

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