Miami’s foodie beau monde has always looked down its nose at Fort Lauderdale.Not a single celebrity TV chef cooks in Broward County. Experimental Spanish cuisine is nowhere to be found. And for every great restaurant in greater Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade has a dozen.That may change when one of the food world’s biggest festivals crosses the Broward border in February.
After testing the waters in 2015 with one sold-out dinner at the beachfront S3 restaurant, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival will hold six Taste of Fort Lauderdale events, drawing more than 1,300 people. The 2015 South Beach Wine and Food Festival celebrated its 14th year with four days of more than 80 events.The 2016 festival effectively kicks off in Fort Lauderdale with Seaside Eats, hosted by Food Network’s Robert Irvine. The event on Wednesday, Feb. 24, will see 500 ticket holders strolling the grounds of the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens sampling from such eateries as YOLO, Steak 954 and Himmarshee Public House.