Seasonal beers like Becks Oktoberfest and Shock Top Pumpkin might rule this Bavarian-themed bash, but Miami Octoberfest has plenty of other attractions to offer. The full-day festival at Marlins Park keeps crowds entertained with a zipline, ferris wheel, and other carnival rides and games, as well as DJs and live music. Between forays to the dance floor, guests can refuel with generous portions of German food.
In the 13 years since it was founded, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival has grown into a four-day destination event featuring some of television's best-known chefs and eaters. The lineup always offers tons of educational seminars, tastings, demos, and dinners?and this year is no different. From February 20 through 23, the beach sizzles with celebrities such as Anne Burrell, Bobby Deen, Rachael Ray, and Robert Irvine.
At Downtown Soccer Miami's two outdoor mini fields, players of all ages can practice and show off their skills with youth and adult leagues, training, pick-up games, and tournaments. The brightly lit, grassy pitches accommodate up to two matches at once, hosting after-work pick-up games. Corporate leagues help co-workers build cohesion and office-supply-punting skills.
The best-selling German beer in the world, Beck's helps Fort Lauderdale celebrate Oktoberfest by rolling out their barrels of new and classic draft brews. Selections included Beck's Pilsner, Beck's Premier Light, Beck's Dark, Beck's Oktoberfest, and Beck's Sapphire. In addition, the VIP Tent features beers from the Goose Island Vintage collection. All of these keep Oktoberfest-goers quenched as they explore the fairgrounds, which showcase electronic music, local cuisine, and seasonal lederhosen.
Mealtime at Time for Wine is a bit like piecing together a puzzle. Guests scour the menu of Spanish-style tapas, and then they select a sampling of both hot and cold dishes that pair well with their preferred wine. The options are plentiful, with rich manchego cheese cutting through the acidity of the house's red wine, and stuffed olives offering a salty counterpoint to the subtle sweetness of the caprese panini. Though many dishes feature meat, such as the ham croquettes and the chorizo sautéed in red wine, vegetarians can easily find meat-free alternatives such as eggplant-and-bell-pepper spread and fried chickpeas.
There are two approaches to ordering at miniBAR. You could poll your tablemates for a consensus on passable edibles, allowing everyone to try a bit everything, or just order one of everything, allowing everyone to truly try everything. The menu consists of small servings of sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads, sweets, and more. There are mini sandwiches, such as the roasted tomato, olive spread, feta, and spinach ($4), and sliders such as the beef, bleu cheese, and arugula ($5). Choose from a variety of inherently sharable pizzas such as the hummus, kalamata olive, and red onion ($6), or snack on bite-sized tortellini bites ($4), papas rellenas ($5), or truffle fries with parmesan ($5). Accompany your lightly filling meal with a few stimulating beverages from the bar. Sip on red and white wine by the glass ($6–$8), local and micro-brews by the pint ($5–$12), and sake by the bottle ($36), as well as a variety of other beverages, both alcoholic and non.