By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
There’s a new food and wine festival in town, and this one promises to have something for everyone — even the littlest.
The inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, March 20-24 in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, will feature culinary creations and libations from local restaurants, wineries and breweries and craft spirits. The event will benefit Feeding South Florida and will showcase Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs and restaurateurs.
“West Palm Beach has a food and wine event, and South Beach has a food and wine event, but there wasn’t a large-scale event that was all about Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale,” says Kate Reed, founder of the Festival. “We really wanted to draw attention to the area and all the stuff that’s going on so the people who live here will stay here to eat and drink and other people will come here and realize that they don’t have to travel to Miami or Palm Beach.”
Among the events taking place during the Festival: Cocktail Confidential: A Spirited Affair, at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel; GFL on the Rise: An Elevated Culinary Experience, at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa; the Grand Tasting, at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood; and Family Day & Food Drive, a free family-friendly event at ArtsPark.
Chef Angelo Elia, owner of Angelo Elia Restaurant Group (which includes Casa D’Angelo, Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas and The Bakery Bar), will serve as Host Chef of the Festival and will conduct cooking demonstrations during the Grand Tasting. Allied Kitchen & Bath is presenting the Culinary Stage and Demo Kitchen, and Chef Jorge Ramos of the Conrad will serve as host and celebrity judge of the Sunday kids’ cooking competition.
The Circ Hotel in Hollywood is the official hotel partner of the Festival, and Ocean Wine & Spirits in Fort Lauderdale is the official retail sponsor. In addition, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was named the presenting partner of Family Day.
Reed says additional events throughout the year will be added to the Festival, highlighting local restaurants, chefs and mixologists. Each will benefit a specific charity.
For information, or to purchase tickets for any of the events, visit gflfoodwine.com.