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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Kicks Off

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The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) kicks off today runs through Sunday. Benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, the festival will feature more than 90 events and more than 400 chefs and is run by founder Lee Brian Schrager.

Between SOBEWFF and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the festivals’ respective charities.

The line-up for the 16th annual SOBEWFF includes an array of unique dinner experiences, signature tastings, late-night parties, seminars, the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series and more, taking place at locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

There are still plenty of tickets available for this year’s events. Here are some of the festival’s highlights:

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Seaside Eats Hosted by Anne Burrell—tickets still are still available.

Thursday, Feb. 23: A Dinner Hosted by Marc Murphy and Chris Miracolo—tickets are still available.

Thursday, Feb. 23: There will be a live musical performance by Little River Band at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli—tickets are still available.

Friday, Feb. 24: Point Royal Clambake hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian, Valerie Bertinelli, Gabriele Corcos, and Debi Mazar—tickets are still available.

Friday, Feb. 24: DRINK Fort Lauderdale: Cocktail Time Machine Experience—tickets are still available.

Friday, Feb. 24: The Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray will feature more than 30 chefs competing for top burger-maestro honors—tickets are still available.

Saturday, Feb. 25: A North Carolina Sisterhood: Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Andrea Reusing, Gavin Pera, and Ryan Cross—tickets are still available.

Saturday, Feb. 25: The brand new BACARDÍ Beach Party with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus, will feature an array of cocktails, beats and beach bites to keep fans dancing long into the night—tickets are still available.

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Sunday, Feb. 26: Bloody Mary Brunch Hosted by David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris—tickets are still available.

Sunday, Feb. 26: For the first time, the Festival has partnered with hospitality and nightlife impresario David Grutman to present The David Grutman Experience at its signature Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations—tickets are still available.