Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival – March 22-24

UPDATE! What a great event the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food and Wine Festival was (or actually is, as I’m writing this on Saturday, March23rd). There is still time for you to attend on Sunday, which is also free Family Day. In the meantime, or if you are reading this after, here are just a few photos from the event. Original article below…

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FTLF_W_Logo _GreaterWhat are you doing the weekend of March 22-24th? Drinking and Eating with us of course. Over 100 Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries, and Spirit Brands will be in attendance for the Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food and Wine Festival. This event will be held in Downtown Hollywood in ArtsPark.

Saturday the 23rd will feature the “Grand Tasting Event,” which will include beverage tastings (as in adult beverages), cooking demos, live music, and art. This will be a full day event. On Sunday there is a free family day and food drive to help “Feeding South Florida”. Feeding South Florida is a very active charity helping the hunger crisis which really does exist here. If you plan to attend, and you should, please bring canned goods to help those less fortunate. Scroll down to see the exact times and schedules for the events.

GFLFW_Kate Reed, Chef Angelo Elia and Phil Marrow 2
Kate Reed, Angelo Elia, and Phil Marrow

Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Founder Kate Reed stated how much she “looks forward to providing a fabulous event experience to bring our community together while benefitting local charities.”

You can expect to see Broward County’s top chefs and restaurants at this must-see event. And we will see you there.

By the way, you can get 30% off your ticket price when you use the code GFLFW14. Just sign into and use the code. The tickets right now are 20% off for everyone and our code will give you 10% more. You can thank me later.

The Event Schedule and Festival Partners is outlined as follows:

Wednesday, March 20 Event: Cocktail Confidential: A Spirited Affair (7p.m.–9 p.m.)

Location: Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Atlas Cocktail Lounge – 551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL

Partners: Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel; Wandering Wines, and Maison Belle Claire. This ‘Spirited Affair’ will feature signature cocktails and bites that will take guests on a culinary journey to be remembered.

Tickets: $75-100

Friday, March 22 Event: GFL on the Rise: An Elevated Culinary Experience (6 p.m. –9 p.m.)

Location: The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Ocean View Terrace – 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL

Partners: The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Lifestyle Media Group, Society 8 Hospitality Group, Wandering Wines, and Maison Belle Claire. Release your inner foodie with bites from Greater Fort Lauderdale’s culinary stars while enjoying a variety of sips from Wandering Wines and taking in the 180-degree oceanfront view you can only get in South Florida.

Tickets: $85-150

Saturday, March 23 Event: Grand Tasting (1 p.m. –5 p.m.)

Location: ArtsPark Hollywood – 1 NorthYoung Circle, Hollywood, FL

Partners: Casa D’Angelo; Wandering Wines; and Maison Belle ClaireTickets:Early bird special rates for General Admission tickets range from $60 -$75 *Early bird special rates for VIP tickets range from $95 -$125* (*Early bird ticket prices go up in price on March 23) The Grand Tasting event features tastings, chef demonstrations, cooking demos, live music and more; a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Tasting on Saturday will be donated to Feeding South Florida.

Sunday, March 24 Event: Family Day & Food Drive (12 p.m. -5 p.m.)

Location: ArtsPark Hollywood 1 NorthYoung Circle, Hollywood, FL

Partner: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Tickets: This FREE event promises to be fun-filled with local food trucks, live music and children’s activities including a kid’s cooking competition. All ages welcomed. Food and beverage are a la carte. Free admission with a suggested four (4) canned good donation for the non-profit -Feeding South Florida.

Location: ArtsPark, Hollywood

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