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.
Everything changed for Peru on July 28, 1821, when South American leader Jose de San Martin declared independence from Spain. A three-year struggle ensued, but Peru's freedom was solidified in December of 1824, when Venezuelan Marshall Antonio Jose de Sucre defeated a Spanish army at Ayacucho and ended Spain's South American rule.
In Miami, this celebration of Peruvian pride takes the form of the Peruvian Independence Day Festival. This annual event brings together the Peruvian-American community and the city at large for a weekend of music, dance, and art. Visitors groove to the infectious rhythms of merengue, salsa, and cumbia from live bands such as the Javier Mereno, Jr. Latin Band and Nando y su Banda Digital, along with the dance music that naturally emanates from fresh ceviche.
Costa, Sierra, and Selva—the prime geographic regions composing the Republic of Peru—are the serve as the focal point for the flavors at Sabor Peru Gastronomical Festival. Take your culinary tour through the Miami Airport Convention Center, filled with exhibitions touting food, drink, and arts, and crafts. Interactive Peruvian cooking shows will be on hand to teach tasters how to smuggle exotic dishes home without ruining their carry-on luggage. There will also be competitions for best regional plate and best pisco cocktails.
Fueled by exotic, spicy foods, revelers can release energy during live music shows featuring folkloric dancers. There are also VIP lounges.
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.