SoBeWFF: Guy Fieri Mingles While Ziggy Marley Rocks the Closing Party
|Photo by Alex Rodriguez|
But before the concert, there was food and drink. After a long weekend of swirling, swishing, and sipping fine wine, it was time to break out the rum and Jägermeister (which mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri, noted).
Hungry eventgoers got a taste of the islands with chefs flying in from Jamaica to join local toques. Menu items included Blue Mountain coffee and cocoa-encrusted certified Angus beef, conch puffs, meat patties, and ackee "cigars."
Between bites of food and sips of potent rum punch, people kicked off their shoes to play volleyball or dance even before Ziggy Marley took the stage.
And when the heir apparent to the mighty throne of the king of reggae began playing, the crowd went crazy. As if on cue, a thousand people swayed and fist-pumped as Marley played a mix of new tunes, old favorites from his band the Melody Makers, and some of his dad's greatest songs.
In fact, if you let the combination of drink, music, and the familiar, um, herbal scent wafting in the air take you away, you could swear the spirit of Bob Marley was in the tents, filling the atmosphere with good, Rastafarian vibrations.
And with that, the 2013 edition of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival went out not with a bang, but with a song.