Broward’s largest Food & Wine event celebrates 20 years!
Get ready for the BIG One! The American Lung Association’s 20th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival returns THIS FRIDAY, May 1 (7:30 to 10:00 p.m.) along Ft. Lauderdale’s vibrant Las Olas Boulevard, between S.E. 6th and S.E. 11th Avenue. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Festival has become Broward County’s biggest and most anticipated wine & culinary events of the year, encompassing four city blocks of food, wine and fun.
And the best part – it all goes to benefit a very worthy cause — the American Lung Association. As the ALA Area Director Cariann Moore proudly notes, “The Las Olas Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most high-profile and eagerly anticipated charity events in South Florida, and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for critical local and national lung health programs”
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sip, sample, and stroll along the e seemingly endless Block Party, and savor endless samplings from over 70 of South Florida’s top restaurants, along with nearly 100 wine, spirit, and craft beer tables, plus live entertainment, and general frivolity. And this year’s lineup looks better than ever! Just check out this year’s list of A-list eateries, including: 3030 Ocean, American Social (our favorite!), Asia Bay Sushi Bar & Grill, BAO bar + Asian Kitchen, Big City Tavern, Bokamper’s, Bravo Italiano Ristorante, Brio Tuscan Grille, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Crave Rum Desserts, Five Sisters Bakery, Fork & Balls, French Quarter Restaurant & Bar at Mardi Gras Casino, Funky Buddha, Garlic Knot Pizza, Gelato Petrini (gotta get some of that gelato!), Gran Forno & Gran Forno Pronto, Hard Rock Café, Johnny V Las Olas, Kilwins Las Olas, Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Mangos Restaurant & Lounge, McCoy’s Oceanfront, Myapapaya juicery + kitchen, New River Pizza, Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Red Cow, Rumi Lounge, Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar, Sette Bello Ristorante, Steak 954, Stephens Distributing Company, SuViche, Sweet Nectar Charcoal Grill, Taps Restaurant & Bar, Temple Street Eatery, The Chimney House, The Roasted Fig, The Royal Pig Pub + Kitchen, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Trata Greek Taverna, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, YOLO, and more!
And beer lovers, fear not! This year’s new event is the American Social Beer Garden, featuring up to 10 styles of craft beers. But Wait, There’s More! The Festival also features a grand opening at the Main Stage, complete with ceremonial bottle sabering; Music provided by Easy 93.1 HITS 97.3; the famed Bombay Sapphire® Gin Lounge, where you’ll be transported attendees to a trendy & chic “ultra club” atmosphere; the New Amsterdam Lounge (on 8th and Las Olas); and a Couture Fashion Show by the Fashion Honors Group of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Major sponsors include: Bombay Sapphire ® Gin, New Amsterdam Vodka, Dark Horse Wine and Premier Beverage.
And when you find the wine(s) you really like, you can order some for yourself! Bob Drinon, president and CEO of sponsoring partner Premier Beverage points out, “The Festival would not be complete without a way for attendees to take home their favorite new wine discoveries and we are excited to partner with The Discount Liquor Group this year, who will be taking orders of wines that can be purchased at the festival.”
So eat, drink, socialize, dance, and enjoy! And remember – it all goes to a good cause! As Festival Director Cariann Moore states, “proceeds raised help save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through our education, advocacy and research efforts.”
Not a bad way to spend a Friday!
Tickets are $100 for General Admission, and $225 for the VIP packages.
For more information including a complete line-up of events, visit www.lasolaswff.com, or call (954) 727-0907.
P.S. This is an outdoor event – but it’s for the ALA – So No Smoking Please!
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