More Than 100 Restaurants, Spirits, Wineries, and Breweries to Participate in the Festival Taking Place March 18 – 22
The 2nd Annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival (GFLFW), presented by Crave (Greater Fort Lauderdale Series), will take place from Wednesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 22, 2020 throughout Broward County, Florida.
The Festival will feature culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries and breweries. Led by the Festival Host Committee, GFLFW will once again showcase Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs, restaurateurs, and local food and drink establishments. GFLFW is also pleased to announce that Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be the Festival’s Charity Partner this year.
The Festival will kick off on Wednesday, March 18, with Cocktail Confidential at Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery,and GFL on the Rise will take place Friday, March 20, at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. The Festival will also include a Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, March 21 featuring food and beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment as well as a FREE Family Day presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH) on Sunday, March 22. Both events will take place at ArtsPark Hollywood.
“We’re excited to be hosting the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival once again this year and showcasing the wonderful culinary delights and spirits that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area has to offer our local residents and out-of-town visitors,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Founder Kate Reed. “We look forward to presenting a fabulous event experience that brings our community together while also giving back to a great local organization.”
The Festival Host Committee includes an eclectic mix of standout nationally acclaimed and local chefs, including Shaun O’Neale, winner of FOX MasterChef Season 7, Chi Chan, Executive Chef at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fulvio Sardelli Jr., Chef/Owner of Sardelli Italian Steakhouse in Hollywood, Josie Smith-Malave, Chef/Co-Owner of Bubbles & Pearlsin Wilton Manors, Oliver Saucy, Executive Chefat Café Maxxin Pompano Beach, and Gianpiero Cangelosi and Karen Cangelosi, co-owners of Capriccio’s Ristorante in Pembroke Pines and Tarantella Ristorante in Weston. Rounding out the Host Committee is Crystl Horton, Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagleand 5 Star Sommelier Heath Porter of Heathen Wine Tours.
Heath will provide guests with tips and advice for pairing their favorite food samplings with fantastic wines.
“I’m looking forward to my interactive cooking demo at the Grand Tasting and seeing many friendly faces from the South Florida community and culinary scene,” said Chef Chi Chan, Executive Chef at Mastro’s Ocean Club.
“Plus, it’s always great to be involved with an event that gives back to the community. I’m pleased to support JDCH and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival.”
The five-day Epicurean Festival’s charitable partner will be Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with a portion of all proceeds being donated to their Foundation. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the region’s leading
pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. It is a full-service hospital that treats minor illnesses, trauma-related accidents and some of the most complex medical conditions. While Sunday’s Family Day is FREE to attend, the suggested donation for admission is one new/unwrapped toy that will go to the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
“The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival is a fantastic event, which is helping to elevate and redefine the destination’s flourishing culinary scene,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The success of the inaugural event was no doubt a testament to our epicurean offerings and reflects the transformation that’s happening throughout the destination.”
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Event Schedule is outlined as follows:
Wednesday, March 18
Event: Cocktail Confidential: A Spirited Affair (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Location: Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery – 115 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL
This ‘Spirited Affair’ will feature signature cocktails and bites that will take guests on a culinary journey to be remembered.
Thursday, March 19
Event: ‘Catch the Love’ Dinners
Locations: Mastro’s Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale, Sardelli Italian Steakhouse in Hollywood, Capriccio’s Ristorante in Pembroke Pines and Café Maxx in Pompano Beach
Tickets: Visit www.gflfoodwine.com for individual restaurant menus, prices and to purchase your tickets.
Friday, March 20
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.
Release your inner foodie with bites from Greater Fort Lauderdale’s culinary stars while taking in the 180-degree oceanfront view you can only get in South Florida.
Saturday, March 21
Event: Grand Tasting (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Live Cooking Demonstrations (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Location: ArtsPark Hollywood- 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood, FL
Tickets: VIP Tickets are $110 and General Admission Tickets are $60
The Grand Tasting event features tastings, chef demonstrations, cooking demos, live music and more.
Sunday, March 22
Event: Family Day & Food Drive presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location: ArtsPark Hollywood – 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood, FL
Tickets: FREE to attend. Suggested donation of one new/unwrapped toy
Round up the family, chairs and blankets for a great cause as we host a toy drive that will benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. This FREE event promises to be fun filled with live entertainment, a fantastic JDCH Kid’s Zone, kidfriendly activities (culinary and non-culinary), food trucks and cocktails bars.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival
Set to once again celebrate the food, wine, craft beer and spirits scene at unique venues in Broward County, the 2nd Annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival includes five days of signature events taking place between March 18-22, 2020, with various sanctioned events throughout the calendar year. From our 23 miles of award-winning beaches, to sprawling downtown communities and emerging art districts in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, our events will offer a unique setting that will showcase why Greater Fort Lauderdale is so special to us all as we benefit local charity. For the latest information about the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival please visit www.GFLFoodWine.com.
About Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital:
Established in 1992, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest, most diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region. With its summer 2011 expansion, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital now has 226 beds and is South Florida’s newest freestanding children’s hospital. The hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by world-class pediatricians, pediatric specialists, specialty-trained nurses and ancillary support staff. Today, more than 650 physicians are on the medical staff. For more information, please visit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.