We’re approaching the most festive time of year: a period of lively gatherings, laughing with friends, and filling up on only the best food and beverages. But this season can also be a hectic one, and that’s why the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, now in its 13th year, couldn’t come at a better moment. During the four-day event on December 12-15, food and wine lovers of all kinds will get the chance to relax at unique tastings and sit-down feasts hosted by the hottest local chefs and out-of-town guests, all steps from the South Palm Beach oceanfront condos currently for sale at 3550 South Ocean. Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.
The event kicks off Thursday with some extremely tasteful dining experiences, including “Sustain” at PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar. Ocean-loving diners will be treated to a five-course sit-down dinner with a focus on sustainable seafood. For those who prefer red meat and high-grade bourbon over lobster and wine, the “Beef N Bourbon” event hosted by Adam Richman will introduce diners to a special release by Michter’s before the public gets a taste.
Friday features multiple tastings and meals, including a “friendly” lunch with chefs Richard Blais, Ben Ford, and Sarah Grueneberg at Sean Brasel’s Meat Market before things truly kick off with an opening celebration later that night. At the “Chef Welcome Party” presented by Cheney Brothers, revelers will enjoy wine tastings, themed food stations, and decadent desserts while taking in the night air and live entertainment at the gorgeous Breakers Resort.
Saturday brings more food and fun. Kids join the culinary conversation at “Kids Kitchen,” where chef Maneet Chauhan will lead young cooking enthusiasts in a 90-minute class. Kids will look the part in their chef hats and aprons, while lucky parents get to try the sure-to-be-tasty results.
Additional events include a grill-out with ocean views hosted by Matthew Gale, a private wine tasting at Virginia Philip Wine Spirits & Academy, a “Porch BBQ” at Oceano Kitchen, and a poolside tasting at Four Seasons Resort. Night owls can keep the party going at the “Chef After Party” at Grato, where they can purchase drinks and snacks without a cover charge.
The event closes on Sunday, when food fanatics can start the day with an innovative and delicious brunch from chef Daniel Boulud or Coolinary Cafe before the gates open on the main event: Wine Spectator’s Grand Tasting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. In addition to enjoying the drinks and plates by dozens of chefs and local restaurants, guests will witness the annual “Grand Chef Throwdown,” where, according to the website, three local chefs will compete for a $10,000 charity prize presented by Creekstone Farms. Guest judges Robert Irvine and Adam Richman are sure to keep the audience entertained and the chefs on their toes.
With so many tasty options, the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival is one of the best ways to treat yourself this holiday season. All information can be found on the festival website, where you can also purchase tickets for individual events or choose the PBFWF Pick 4 or Bell & Evans Dining Series group package. No matter what you decide, it’s clear that culinary wonders await just outside your Palm Beach, Florida, condo. All you need to do is show up with a curious palate and a healthy appetite.