The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival (GFLFW), will return Monday, March 15 to Sunday, March 21. The festival will continue its mission to highlight Broward County as an eclectic dining destination that delights and captivates foodies from across the country. After postponing the second annual festival in 2020 due to COVID-19, festival organizers reimagined the week-long series of events to ensure that each event is fun, fulfilling, safe, and socially distant.
“As the current situation with the global pandemic changes daily, we’ve decided to rework the festival week with the safety of our guests as our number one priority. The festival week will be comprised of six experiences, which will have reduced capacities and place safety as a top priority,” said GFLFW co-founder Kate Reed. “All events will follow CDC guidelines and local mandates and masks will be required accordingly.”
This year, GFLFW will include dining experiences at Heritage, Sardelli Italian Steakhouse, Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, and the Atlantic Hotel & Spa’s 5th floor pool deck. The dining experiences and events are:
My Heritage by Chef Rino Cerbone at Heritage
March 15, 7 p.m.
The opening night of the 2021 Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival will take place at MASS District’s first fine dining destination, Heritage. Chef Rino Cerbone’s five-course pairing dinner will take diners on a tour of Cerbone’s life as a fine dining chef and a touring rock star. Proceeds will benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $135.
Hip Hop Beats & Wagyu Beef at Sardelli Italian Steakhouse
March 16, 7 p.m.
Chef Fulvio Sardelli, Jr. of Sardelli Italian Steakhouse will host guests in his fourth floor private dining room amid an eclectic mix of 90s and 2000s hip hop. This five-course tasting experience will include Italian favorites, Wagyu beef prepared two ways, and meticulousky paired Wandering Wines. Tickets are $199.
Cocktail Confidential at Sistrunk Marketplace
March 17, 7 p.m.
Experience Cocktail Confidential, the festival’s craft cocktail event at Sistrunk Marketplace. This spirited affair will feature three signature cocktails by Shady Distillery’s Shady Vodka, 12 Mile Rum, and Somrus Cream Liqueurs inspired by the FAT Village Arts District, where Sistrunk Marketplace is located. Tickets are $49.
Shady Distillery Dinner at Sistrunk Marketplace
March 18, 7 p.m.
This guided pairing dinner will feature four courses paired with a Shady Distillery cocktail. Proceeds from this unique dining experience benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $99.
Veg Out with Chef Paula DaSilva and Chef Josie Smith-Malave at Atlantic Hotel & Spa
March 19, 7 p.m.
Join chef Josie Smith-Malave, former Top Chef contestant and owner-chef of Bubbles + Pearls, and chef Paula DaSilva, former Hell’s Kitchen runner-up and executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, for the ultimate vegan dinner. Take in beautiful views of Fort Lauderdale beach from the fifth floor pool deck of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa with four plant-based courses paired with Frey Vineyards and Kwaya Cellars. Tickets are $125.
Catch the Love Toy Drive at Cali Coffee
March 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donate new and unwrapped toys for the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Cali Coffee, Broward County’s most aspiring coffee shop.
Due to the ever changing nature of the pandemic, this year’s festival line-up unfortunately will not include its three largest events: The Grand Tasting, GFL on the Rise, and Family Day. Festival organizers have postponed those events until 2022 for the safety of its participants and guests. Guests who purchased tickets to one of those three events in 2020 can roll-over their tickets until 2022 or apply their ticket values to one of the dinners or events taking place during the 2021 festival. Current ticket holders are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply their tickets to one of this year’s events.
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