The South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which returns this month, has become a truly tri-county affair. Here are some of the events happening as part of the festival’s CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series sponsored by Capital One.

Rock ‘n’ Roll hosted by Adam Richman

WHEN: February 22
TIME: 10pm – midnight
WHERE: Dune at Auberge Beach
HOW MUCH: $125
The host of Travel Channel’s Man Finds Food leads guests on a chopsticks-at-the-ready trip through sushi, dim sum, dumplings and more. Enjoy interesting Asian cuisine, drinks designed to complement and maybe even a little karaoke.

Sunset Spritz Party hosted by Valerie Bertinelli

WHEN: February 23
TIME: 5:30pm
WHERE: Gale Boutique Hotel and Residences
The actress and Food Network personality hosts a sunset party full of light bites and warm-weather drinks.

Drag Brunch hosted by Alex Carr and Elvis Duran

WHEN: February 23
TIME: 11:30am – 1:30pm
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
HOW MUCH: $125
Part of the festival overlaps with Fort Lauderdale Pride, so why not celebrate both in one place? Syndicated radio host Duran and his fiancé Carr bring together a dozen chefs to come up with dishes based on the personalities of some of South Florida’s most well-known drag performers. What kind of dish gets inspired by Tiffany Fantasia? Electra? Champagne Bordeaux? One way to find out.

The Great DOCG Wines of Italy

WHEN: February 23
TIME: 11am
WHERE: Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
Enrico Veggiato of Milan-based wine exporter Empson & Co. leads a seminar that gets into Italian wine production and classification – as well as information on some lesser-known Italian wine regions.

Cajun Cooking Masterclass hosted by Sam and Cody Carroll

WHEN: February 23
TIME: 11am – 1:30pm
HOW MUCH: $185
The husband-and-wife New Orleans restaurateurs and hosts of the Food Network’s Cajun Aces spill some secrets of Cajun cuisine – followed by a meal.


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