The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is the ultimate perch for the SoBe food fest and its famed Burger Bash. Food coma not included.
DiLido Beach Club oceanfront dining
Loosen your belts, South Florida foodies. That behemoth of food events, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine, heads our way in February.
This must-attend event can be experienced any number of ways. You can jostle for elbow room among the hungry masses, or you can have a VIP experience that will afford you a front-row seat to the action. If you opt for the latter, you can choose whether to dive into the commotion or sit back, amused, and take it all in.
Bistro One LR
Though the festival takes place all over the beach and has even expanded into Fort Lauderdale, Ground Zero is 1 Lincoln Road. From there you can head to the Delano (Meatopia, Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach), host hotel Loews (Tribute Dinner), or the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (Amstel Light Burger Bash, Lucky Chopsticks). It’s also a short hop to the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village at Ocean Drive and 13th Street.
All are signature events, but there is no madness like Burger Bash madness. Hosted by Rachael Ray, the Bash turns 10 this year. Top burger chefs will grill up their best and vie for the People’s Choice and Very Best Burger awards. The anniversary celebration promises even greater mayhem, if that is possible.
Burger Bash fare
With or without tickets to the Burger Bash, smart foodies have already booked a room on the Club Level of the Ritz-Carlton. It’s the best strategy for being both in the midst of the activity and taking a luxe break from it. To be honest, the dining experience here beats anything you’ll find on the sampling tables. If you tire of the festival hubbub, head to Bistro One LR for the best Cuban sandwich in town or to the DiLido Beach Club, South Beach’s only true oceanfront restaurant, for a toes-in-the-sand sundowner and a killer snapper ceviche.
Or you can order the very burger the hotel will be entering in the Bash. You just may be sitting close enough to see Ray’s reaction when she tastes it.
Chef Christian Cuevas plates during Swine to Vine, a Bank of America pairing seminar.