As a celebration of Latin culture and cuisine, the first annual Latin Taste Fest brings together an all-star line-up of Miami’s most renowned restaurateurs for a six-hour food and wine tasting event. Chefs from restaurants such as Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and Divino Ceviche man booth after booth, handing out unlimited samples. Throughout the festival, noted chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists put on a slew of seminars, and VIP amenities kick the culinary adventures up a notch with a private lounge full of casino tables, cocktails, and scratch-n-sniff appetizers.
The festival also gives revelers a taste of non-edible culture. An on-site gallery champions the work of local artists, and live entertainment includes Aymée Nuviola, a Latin singer-songwriter who has performed with Gloria Gaynor and Johnny Ventura. A portion of ticket sales and any excess food will go to help Feeding South Florida, an organization that gives food to hungry families, the working poor, homeless, and victims of domestic violence or natural disasters.
Approaching three decades as a Miami Springs institution, Treats Café serves old-fashioned french dips and reubens, grilled-sirloin burgers, and dinner dishes such as pasta, seafood, and baby-back ribs. All meat and produce are carefully chosen from local markets, and the fruits of their harvest are posted each day on the restaurant’s Twitter feed. Treats Cafe now offers delivery service so that customers can stop dragging their couches and TVs through the leafy bushes out front. Before the storefront’s big, plate-glass window, umbrella-clad tables and a leaning shade tree give respite on sunny days.
This year's Supercon packs more power than a dam built out of wind turbines with more than 100 comic-book guests, including Batman artist Bill Sienkiewicz and The Incredible Hulk artist Ariel Olivetti, and more than 50 celebrity guests ranging from Richard "Shaft" Roundtree to the president of Troma Entertainment Film Studios, Lloyd Kaufman. On Friday night at 10 p.m., catch headliners Less Than Jake light up the main stage, then stick around for a late-night dance party filled with costumes, comic lovers, and romantic encounters that unfold cell by cell.
“The Pantheon is the place where you test everything you’ve got. You come to perform.” That’s Pantheon Games co-founder Ronny Lindsay talking about the inspiration for his annual competition. Based on the Pantheon from ancient Greece, the Pantheon Games challenge champions from all over the world to compete in CrossFit-themed bouts of physical strength and fitness. Or in Lindsay's words, to “test their immortality amongst the gods."
In true CrossFit style, the events are kept secret—even from the athletes—until just before the competition, making participants “train for the unknown and the unknowable.” The first year of the competition included everything from Olympic sports to the 40-foot dash, and to keep the athletes guessing, the founders post hints online for upcoming events. Once the games begin, the crowds go nuts as athletes complete challenges such as the long jump and test their muscles to the breaking point.
The events occur in two separate arenas—Olympia and Palaestra—to recreate the setting of ancient Greek athletic competitions. Spectators can also visit vendors, attend a workshop on the benefits of supplements, or investigate how much it would cost to put a working pair of wings on their shoes.
The riches of Colombia reveal themselves in Miami's 2013 Colombia Trade Expo. There will be arts and crafts: from Guajira to the Amazon come hand-woven baskets, traditional hammocks, one-of-a-kind wood carvings, and accessories made of seeds and coconuts. There will be jewelry: the country's mountain mines are rich with emeralds, gold, bronze, silver, and platinum. There will be health and beauty products: clinicians, cosmetic surgeons, spa workers, stylists, and makeup professionals all show off their rejuvenating arts. And there will be technology: Colombia's scientific leaders display new innovations in telephone and video communication and surveillance technology.
Per its name, the Taste of Cuba Festival shines a spotlight on traditional Cuban food—potato-like yucca, rice and beans, and lechon asada, or shredded roast pork. Ice-cold mojitos complement these classic dishes, along with café con leche and authentic cigars rolled by hand, unlike the newfangled ones that roll themselves if left at the top of a hill. The festival delights senses beyond taste, too; revelers can dance to live music or feast their eyes on Cuban artwork.