Just because we are meat obsessed doesn’t mean South Beach Wine & Food Festival only caters to carnivores. Vegans and vegetarians alike will be happy to know they haven’t been forgotten because there are happy hours, dinners and parties aplenty that line up with your dietary preferences. There are also celebrity chefs, cocktail competitions and even some downward dogging. Pique your interest yet? Read on for your full guide to all things veg at the SOBEWFF.
1. Vegan Dinner hosted by Chloe Coscarelli and Matthew Kenney
For those living a cruelty-free, plant-based existence, there’s no better event than the Vegan Dinner happening at Wynwood’s own Plant Food + Wine. You may have heard of Chef Chloe as she was the first ever vegan chef to win a culinary competition on national television via Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. And co-host Matthew Kenney is one of the country’s top vegan chefs as well as the owner of Plant (with a second location in Southern California). Enjoy a specially curated dinner with exceptionally paired glasses of wine – all sans animal products.
7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Plant Food + Wine, 105 NE 24th Street, Wynwood; $250
2. Craft-y Happy Hour hosted by Bodega Taqueria and Tequila
Fun fact: The majority of hard liquors are vegan. This fun-filled event hosted by the ever-popular Bodega will offer up plenty of incredible drinks for you and your veg friends. In conjunction with Craft Spirits Fest, you’ll find plenty of small batch and artisanal spirits to taste and taste again.
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Bodega, 1220 16th Street, South Beach; $95
3. Tailgate Event presented by Florida City Gas
Football season may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already start prepping for this Fall’s tailgates (go Canes!) And what better way than to learn the art of the tailgate than from those who know best? At this epic Tailgate Event, we’ll be taking notes from Food Network star Ayesha Curry (who also happens to be married to basketball star Stephen Curry), Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina, and Emmy Award-winning TV personality Ming Tsai. The trio will be offering up lots of hearty snacks but more importantly (for the veg-crowd), plenty of drinks.
7-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Corsair at Turnberry Isle Miami, 19999 W Country Club Drive, Aventura; $95
4. DRINK Ft. Lauderdale: Cocktail Time machine Experience
Imagine getting to try a martini, Frank Sinatra-style. Or how about a Bellini straight out of 1940s Italy? Check this incredible event out and get ready to traipse around FATVillage (Ft. Laudy’s version of Wynwood) where you’ll get to enter speakeasies, check out warehouses that once housed rum running boats and so much more. There will also be some food samplings (though we can’t guarantee those will be veg-friendly, so please plan accordingly).
10 p.m.-midnight Friday, Feb. 24 at FATVillage, 521 NW 1st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale; $95
5. The Art of Tiki hosted by Robert Irvine
If an evening replete with tropical drinks is something you fancy, the Art of Tiki is for you. Bartenders and tiki joints from around the country will be gathering here to face off in fierce competition, creating cocktails featuring Rhum Barbancourt, all to be crowned Tiki-Queen or King. Enjoy Polynesian-inspired libations and light bites while Chef Irvine and co. keep you plenty entertained.
10 p.m.- midnight Friday, Feb. 24 at Surfcomber, A Kimpton Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach; $95
6. Cigars & Spirits presented by Cigar Aficionado
Stogie-loving vegans will appreciate this event presented by the infamous cigar-lover’s magazine. Head on up to the rooftop of the classic Betsy hotel and enjoy a fine array of cigars and libations. From smoky bourbons to top-notch scotches and tempting tequilas, you’ll certainly appreciate this secretly veg event.
11 p.m.-1 a.m.Friday, Feb. 24 at The Betsy Hotel – Ocean View Deck, 1433 Collins Avenue, South Beach; $125
7. Lifeway Kefir presents Buddhas and Bellinis
Few things pair better with a plant-based lifestyle than yoga. Lucky for you, there’s a great event happening two days in a row during the SOBEWFF that combines sipping and stretching. Vegetarians and vegans alike can enjoy a rejuvenating yoga session taught by Dawn B., followed by a brief panel on health and self-care by Julie Smoklyansky, wellness advocate and CEO of Lifeway Foods. End the event with some crisp Bellinis or (for the non-vegans), a few sips of Lifeway Kefir.
10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26 at Loews Miami Beach Hotel Americana Lawn, 1601 Collins Avenue, South Beach; $35
8. Nutrish’s Yappie Hour hosted by Rachel Ray
It’s safe to say that most folks who live a meat-free lifestyle have a soft spot for animals. And at Nutrish’s Yappie Hour, you’ll certainly melt after spending time amongst a posse of pooches. Bring your four-legged friend to socialize with Ms. Ray’s own pitbull Isaboo as well as Charlie and Stanley Brown (SOBEWFF founder and director Lee Brian Schrager’s own pups). Canines can chow down on some Nutrish treats, and the humans will simply have to make due with all kinds of tasty (alcoholic) refreshments.
4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at The Standard Spa, 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach; $95
9. Decadent Dessert Party presented by Grey Goose
While vegans will want to sit this sugary soiree out, vegetarians will certainly not want to miss it. Hosted by Charm City Cakes star Duff Goldman, this event is sure to sweeten anyone’s night. Nosh on all things creamy, chocolatey, and candied, and enjoy a few specially prepared cocktails as well. But if you’re currently counting carbs this isn’t the event for you.
10 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 25 at The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Avenue, South Beach; $150
10. Bacardi On The Beach with beats by Rev Run and DJ Ruckus
There’s plenty of room on the sand at this beach party with plenty of drinks and good tunes to keep vegans and omnivores alike dancing the night away. Drop by the Bacardi Beach party, hosted by Rev Run (of Run D.M.C. fame) and Los Angeles-based DJ Ruckus, and boogie down with some of Miami’s finest chefs.
9 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 25 at North Venue, Beachside at Delano, Miami Beach; $100