Las Olas Wine and Food Festival
April 20, 2012 (Fri)
from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, April 16-21, Unveils 2012 Event
Lineup Featuring Several Exciting New Additions, Pre- and Post-Events with Wine
and Food Pairings, Bourbon Dinners and Popular Street Festival.
Proceeds benefit American Lung Association in Florida
Recognized as a one of the most
anticipated wine and culinary events of the year, the 17th Annual Las Olas Wine
& Food Festival, presented by Bombay Sapphire® Gin, Martin Codax, elit™ by
STOLICHNAYA® Vodka, Las Rocas Milagro Tequila, and Premier Beverage Company,
returns April 16-21, 2012 on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets can
be purchased at www.lasolaswineandfoodfestival.com
This year’s event features exciting new additions and a variety of pre- and post-events that are sure to elevate the Festival experience. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the American Lung Association in Florida. Tickets can be purchased at www.lasolaswineandfoodfestival.com
The Festival kicks off on Monday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. with “Bourbon & Burgers” at Tap 42. The new gastro-pub will showcase a selection of distinct bourbons including Angel’s Envy, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve and Hudson and pair them up with specialty menu items which include Deep Fried Chicken Paprika Pierogies and Florida Rock Shrimp Mac & Cheese.
On Wednesday, April 18th at 6:00 p.m. the Festival continues with “Wine Down Wednesday” at Preston’s Wine & Martini Bar inside of the classic Riverside Hotel. Revered Chef Toby Joseph will prepare a five-course pairing menu, featuring gourmet Spanish-inspired tapas paired perfectly with a selection of Spanish wine for attendees to savor. This event will feature presenting sponsors Las Rocas Garnacha and Martin Codax Albarino.
Also on Wednesday, April 18th, Rocco’s Tacos and Milagro Tequila will partner together for a Tequila dinner hosted by Milagro National Brand Ambassador Jaime Salas and none other than Rocco himself. Jaime will create signature Milagro cocktails to be paired with each course, including Milagro Reposado, Milagro Anejo and Milagro Single Barrel Reserve Anejo. Milagro Unico will also be tasted, providing a unique experience, as it is only available at Rocco’s Tacos in the state of Florida.
Banfi Vintners, America’s preeminent name in fine imported wines, and Tuscan Grill join together on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m., to present the Banfi Italian Festival. Guests will relish in an “all you can eat” menu of authentic Italian favorites, such as grilled hot and sweet Italian sausage sandwiches, Tuscan’s famous meatballs, wood & coal baked pizzas, Mozzarella en Carrozza, Arancini, and Zeppole with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Featured wines include Banfi Brut, Principessa Gavi, San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva, Banfi Brunello, & Rosa Regale. A DJ will entertain the crowd and Rino Balzano, the “opera-singing troubadour of the Italian kitchen,” will make a special live appearance. Select tickets also include an open liquor bar featuring Premier Beverage spirits.
Cheese Culture, one of the newest locales on the Boulevard, will be hosting “Around the Wheel,” which will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Join the Cheesemongers as they take you through a tasting adventure of (6) different styles of cheese. As you taste your way through they will be sharing informative information on each cheese such as where it comes from and how it’s made. Rik Steere, Market Manager for Wilson Daniel’s, will also be hosting the event and will taste you through Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, Ponzi Pinot Gris, Gainey Merlot and Royal Tokaji Mad Cuvee as they are paired with each cheese. Join us for this intimate evening in this charming European shop right on Las Olas! Tickets are $45 per person and seating is limited to 30 persons.
The much-anticipated Street Festival, which draws more than 2,600 attendees from all over the world each year, will be held on Friday April 20th from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Las Olas Boulevard, between S.E. 6th Avenue and S.E. 11th Avenue, encompassing four city blocks of food, wine and fun! The year, the Festival will feature more than 70 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and more than 40 wine tables and micro brews. Back by popular demand are Bombay Sapphire® Gin lounge for the ultimate cocktail experience, the Culinary Couture Fashion Show by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the New Times Cupcake Battle, where local bakeries compete in the ultimate cupcake smack down and attendees have the chance to vote on the “Fan Favorite” award. Popular South Florida acts, including The Weedline Band and the legendary Pan Vibes, will perform live.
Guests attending the street festival will be able to sample the newest Stolichnaya Vodka flavors, as well as a selection of signature Milagro tequila drinks. Also taking place for the first time this year, a variety of wines and spirits will be available to order at a discount on the street courtesy of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the exclusive festival retailer. Las Olas Boulevard will be closed to traffic and guests have the opportunity to visit restaurants, retailers, art galleries and sidewalk bistros.
For those who still have the energy to party, there will be two sensational after-parties. Guests can make their way West down Las Olas Boulevard after the street festival to continue the party at Vibe & O Lounge, both located in the Yolo courtyard. Bombay Sapphire will be hosting a party at O Lounge and will feature the festival’s official cocktail, the Sapphire Raspberry Collins. Stoli Elit will be hosting an after party next door at VIBE equipped with an ice luge and dancers. Both parties begin at 10:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Please note that both VIBE and O Lounge have strict dress codes (no shorts, hats or tennis shoes).
To cap off the Festival, the Cheese Culture will host a “Rise & Shine Brunch” the following morning, with mimosas and a delicious brunch menu on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Ticket prices for pre- and post-events vary. A complete line-up of events and ticket information are available at www.lasolaswineandfoodfestival.com
Posted By: American Lung Association