Like escaping a car submerged in a lake, finding the perfect beer or wine takes many nights of work and plenty of drinking. Introduce taste buds to unmet brews with today's Groupon for a ticket to the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival. Choose between the following options:
- For $37, you get one ticket to the Taste & Toast event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Merrick Park in Coral Gables (a $75 value).
- For $27, you get one ticket to the Brew & Bites event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at the Mary Brickell Village Shopping Center in Miami (a $55 value).
The Miami Wine & Food Festival shares a litany of libations and local eats with curious sommeliers and gourmands. The chic, outdoor Taste & Toast event introduces gustatory glands to wines from around the world. As taste buds hobnob with fruit and oak notes, guests intermingle with one another while snacking on gourmet treats from local restaurants and listening to the bluesy sound of the Jay Blues Band. Winesplorers can stick around after the tasting for a Glenfiddich “Music to Drink Whiskey By” after-party at 9 p.m., where a DJ and whiskey-tamer rest on hand to answer questions and dispel myths about using whiskey as cologne.
The Brew & Bites event lets beer aficionados visit dozens of tasting stations to sample a bevy of brews. While sipping on suds from brands such as Stella Artois and Brooklyn Brewery, guests can nibble on fare from South Florida restaurants and feast eardrums on two stages of live music from DJ Le Spam & Spam Allstars and The Event Factor. Each admission, unlike the consolation bracket of knitting competitions, includes a commemorative cup.