Food and wine festivals allow people to diversity their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get one general-admission ticket to the Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival pre-party at Mary Brickell Village on Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m (up to a $75 value).
The Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival pre-party whets palates for the annual culinary bash in early spring with a holiday-themed smorgasboard of local eats and entertainment. Though it arrives four months ahead of the main event, the pre-party’s slate of events throughout Mary Brickell Village is cooked to perfection with delicious samplings from Oceanaire Seafood Room, Taverna Opa, Fado Irish Pub, and other area eateries, all ready to be paired with tastings of fine wine and champagne courtesy of the grape-stomping elves at Cavas Wine Bar. Guests also receive two complimentary drinks each from the liquor bar of Blue Martini. As Santa wanders incognito through the festivities in a trench coat and Groucho Marx glasses, feasting on gourmet morsels and picking up last-minute gifts featured in the night’s boutique fashion show, Christmas comes early for ears that tune in to the constant stream of live music emanating from the stage.
Before the festivities draw to a close at 10 p.m., merrymakers can test their luck in a raffle that features prizes from local boutiques and restaurants or joust with olive-laden toothpicks at the Blue Martini liquor bar. Fuzzy feelings will stay with guests long after the night’s end, as ticket proceeds support Kristi House, an advocacy center for child victims of sexual abuse.
Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival
The Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival's many events throughout the year serve culinary samples from popular Miami restaurants, endless fine wine and spirits, and international rhythms. Those chefs hail from a wide variety of acclaimed area eateries. Meanwhile, wine experts entice visitors to try new vintages by hosting tasting demos and dispensing samples. A portion of all event proceeds help fund local charities.