Five Best Food and Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, Sweet Dreams Winter Festival, and More
Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.
Courtesy of Seventh-Annual Sweet Dreams Winter Festival
This weekend the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival kicks off five days of food and wine everything. Follow our coverage all weekend. We'll be live Tweeting updates, Instagramming pics, and posting reviews here on the blog.
But even if you aren't attending the ultimate foodie event of the season, there's plenty more to do in South Florida. Did you hear Tracy Morgan will be Grand Marshal of the Winterfest Boat Parade? Yeah, that's happening. So much for Tori Spelling.
Dreaming of a winter wonderland? Well, we've got something that's close enough -- but with a twist! Satisfy your sweet tooth in a sugary wonderland during the two-day seventh-annual Sweet Dreams Winter Festival. Patrons can taste decadent desserts at two dozen stations -- along with coffees, teas, and Pearl Vodka -- and enjoy live music from Swing City Quartet on Friday and City Limits on Saturday. For the finishing touch, the festival will feature a backdrop of a breathtaking chocolate sculpture, Christmas carolers, and tasteful holiday décor. Attendees are also in for an extraspecial treat: an appearance by Food Network's Keegan Gerhard on Friday. Known as one of the nation's top ten pastry chefs and former host of Food Network Challenge, Gerhard will demonstrate the art of Swiss meringue. And on Saturday, Gale Gand, the former host of Food Network's Sweet Dreams, will take the spotlight to show the audience how to make two of her favorite holiday treats: chocolate mousse and ricotta doughnuts. Grab multiple slices of your favorite holiday desserts this weekend at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, located at 5550 NW 40th St. in Coconut Creek. The festival takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. both days and is open to those aged 21 and older. Tickets cost $15 each and are available at ticketmaster.com. Proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. -- By Gillian Speiser
Aside from giving the residents of Fort Lauderdale another reason to get together this holiday season, the 42nd-annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is a beloved tradition in South Florida. Since 1988, Winterfest Inc., a nonprofit organization, has hosted the famous Boat Parade to promote and honor the unique diversity and culture of South Florida, with the long-term goal of positioning Fort Lauderdale as a great place to visit, live, and work. Although other events have been added throughout the years to emphasize the objective, the Boat Parade is a cornerstone of Fort Lauderdale pride. Operated by volunteers, supporters of the cause, sponsors, and the board of directors, Winterfest Inc. wouldn't be what it is today without the backing of local and national corporate sponsors. Known as the "Greatest Show on H20," the Boat Parade spans 12 miles for all of greater Fort Lauderdale to see. Heading east on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and north on the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach, the parade promises participants and onlookers a "Passport to Paradise" this holiday season. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information, contact Winterfest Inc. at 954-767-0686. Privately owned boats may enter the parade for $35. -- By Gillian Speiser