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Here’s what 16 years of gluttonous fun at South Beach Wine & Food Festival looks like

Written by
Jennifer Agress

Every year in February, Miami throws the country’s most epic food festival as only the 305 knows how: with five days of beachfront tasting events, late-night parties, poolside brunches and celebrity appearances. Since 2002, we’ve been gorging on good times and gourmet eats at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF), which raises money for Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Before we make room for the 17th edition of the fest, we crunch the numbers on the food, booze and fun of years past.

2: Counties the festival straddles: Miami-Dade and Broward

$2 million: Celebrity chefs expected to attend in 2018

2/3: Fraction of 2018’s participating chefs that hail from Florida

23: Celebrity chefs expected to attend in 2018 

46: U.S. states represented at SOBEWFF 2017

97: Total tastings, events, brunches and parties happening at SOBEWFF 2018

100: Dogs who partied at Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Yappie Hour hosted at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach

1,200: Student volunteers (read: behind-the-scenes heroes) taking tickets, herding celebs and keeping things moving in 2017

10,125: Pounds of ground beef served at 2016’s Burger Bash

65,188: People who walked, danced, gorged and guzzled their way around the 2017 installment of the festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival is Feb 21–25 ( $24–$350.


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