Tuesday, February 26, 2008

South Beach Food & Wine Festival

The day I had been waiting for finally arrived! The Grand Tasting for the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. My sister, friends & I were ready for a day of food network stars, great food and amazing wines. Our first stop at Noon was Tent A, where we saw Tyler Florence cook up a delicious pizza with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sausage, and arugula.

Then we ventured around looking for something to whet our appetites before the Grand Tasting opened at 1:00 pm. The Delta Lounge had great pomegranate martinis and the Publix Tent had sushi, cheese, and Moet Chandon. There was also a great station with chocolate fondue. Right before the Grand Tasting we headed back to Tent A to see Paula Deen, my idol! She looked great, and so did her son Bobby...In a perfect world I would marry Bobby then Paula could be my mother in law.

Now to the Grand Tasting! It seemed even bigger than last year (if that's even possible?). We got to try so many delicious foods and wine. Some of the food highlights were lobster bisque, spicy cocktail shrimp, and a mini meatball sandwich. Some great wines were the Grgich Hills Cab and Beam Estates Pinot Noir. Also, the Belvedere booth made an awesome vanilla martini.

All in all, it was such a fun event. I hope I get to return next year!