Guy Fieri Ties Up South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2010
Inside, guests were hit with appropriately loud, yet really good music. Foosball and ping-pong tables and a cigar lounge dotted the scene, along with sampling stations from Jelly Belly, Café Bustelo, and others. Two bars served up cocktails, one dedicated to sharing the flavors of sponsor Sagatiba, but the set-up led to huge lines for food provided by, among others, David's Café and 2 Girls and a Cupcake. Setting up a Havaianas display towards the entrance didn't help. The booth, mirroring a produce stand where guests could pick up free flip-flops in any chosen "flavor" (color) kept people concentrated towards the entrance. But the flip-flops were a good idea for the many women who came in heels.
|The Havaiana stand|
But one guy showed up looking positively confident and dressed appropriately for the event -- Guy Fieri, the headlining celebrity. (Guests also reporting spotting Mark Summers, but let's face it -- without Fieri's bleached spikes, sunglasses at night, and rhinestone button-down, Summers wasn't going to gain nearly as much attention as the "Triple D" chef.)
As throngs of fans aggressively aimed their digital cameras and phones at Fieri, he wandered from the stage (his safe place) to walk along the sand, posing for pictures and being generally good natured.