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With four full days dedicated to food and drink, attendees of Miami's South Beach food festival can always expect tons of opportunities to satisfy their hunger and quench their thirst. But there are other must-attend events, and if the quality of activities and events offered in 2013 is any indication, 2014 will deliver an incredible array of options.
At the 2013 festival, the ambassador of tapas, chef José Andrés, hosted a celebrity chef golf tournament for those interested in testing out the fairways of Turnberry Isle Miami’s picturesque course. Though the culinary aspect wasn’t left out of the game entirely; each foursome (individual players were assigned to a group) was paired with a chef, winemaker or spirit producer who helped competitors relish the food and drinks along the course.
Wine lovers hit Fontainebleau Miami Beach Presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best to sample some of the festival’s most-lauded wines, each scoring 90 points or more on Wine Spectator ’s 100-point scale. And with winemakers and proprietors pouring at their own stations, attendees were in a prime position to have all of their burning questions about bouquet and notes answered by the pros.
Philanthropic foodies ate for a good cause at Creekstone Farms presents Delta Diamond Dishes: A League of Their Own event. Food Network’s Anne Burrell hosted some of the country’s top female chefs — including James Beard Award winners Michelle Bernstein and Jeni Britton Bauer, Chicago’s Stephanie Izard of Top Chef fame and New York’s April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig — and master sommelier Andrea Robinson for a star-studded dinner at The Clevelander at Marlins Park. Julie Loria, author of Diamond Dishes cookbook and wife of Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey H. Loria, helped kick off the night, which includes a silent auction at each plate on the field. Proceeds from ticket sales and the auction benefited the Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief and the Food Bank For New York City to help residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.