This week, South Florida foodies can chow down during Fort Lauderdale's largest food-and-beverage event with the return Las Olas Wine & Food Festival.
Now in its 26th year, the event is taking place on Friday, April 22. During the three-hour festival, attendees will come together to enjoy the culinary talents of South Florida while raising money for a good cause, sponsored by the American Lung Association in Florida.
"We are honored to be involved in this unique and innovative culinary experience in Fort Lauderdale,” said Alex Prendes of Woodford Reserve, one of this year’s presenting sponsors. "The food, drinks, and entertainment will be unforgettable, but more importantly, the money raised helps Floridians breathe easier."
This year’s event will continue it’s tradition of celebrating the best of Fort Lauderdale and it’s neighbors as attendees take a walk down the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. At the "Tasting Pavilion," guests will enjoy the best dishes from a variety of dishes as they sip, sample, and enjoy dishes from more than 40 of South Florida’s finest restaurants — and more than 200 international wineries, spirits brands, and breweries. A full list of participants can be found here.
"This event is a staple of Fort Lauderdale, and we are so happy to bring it back to Las Olas Boulevard," Pam Zirkle, vice president of Real Estate at the Las Olas Company and a member of the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival Committee tells News Break. "And, more importantly, this event raises money to support the Lung Association at a time when lung health is more important than ever."
Money raised at the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is an investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.
Local supporters include this year's presenting sponsors: Breakthru Beverage, Woodford Reserve, and High Noon. They'll join hosting sponsors Demesmin & Dover Law Firm, Las Olas Association, Las Olas Company, Celebrity Cruises, and Cadillac alongside VIP pre-event Rreception Host FPL.
Additional sponsors include Broward Health, Brown Forman, Blackstone Agency, Crown Wine & Spirits, Kindred Hospital, RRCA Roofing & Reconstruction, Memorial Cancer Institute, Greater Ft. Lauderdale TravelHost Media Group, Stella Artois, Stephen’s Distributing and hotel sponsor Riverside Hotel. For a complete list of wine and restaurant partners visit https://lasolaswff.com/participants/
“It is humbling to see local businesses come together in support of the Lung Association’s mission to create a healthier future for everyone impacted by lung disease,” said Ramsay Hyatt, with High Noon.
The 26th Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival will take place on Friday, April 22 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $150 per person. A $50 upgrade to VIP includes a reception hosted by FPL beginning at 5:30 p.m., with guests admitted 30 minutes early at 7 p.m. For more details and to buy tickets visit lasolaswff.com.