SOBEWFF Kicks Off Today: Here Are Cheap and Free Events Around It
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival kicks off its four-day bacchanal today, February 20. The festival includes all manner of parties, dinners, and seminars -- many commanding a pretty penny.
James Macari/Sports Illustrated Beach volleyball, anyone?
But there are still plenty of opportunities to mingle with your favorite celebrity chefs without breaking the bank. In fact, there are a number of events centered around the festival that are totally free, with others serving food or drink a la carte.
From a Big Gay Ice Cream Social to a live radio show filled with culinary A-listers, here's a list of the best places to see celebs while keeping your wallet fat.
Celebrity Chefs vs. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Volleyball Tournament
When: Thursday, February 20, at noon
Where: Volleyball courts, beachside near Eighth and Ocean Drive
How: Free (bring your camera)
What do you get when you pit some of the most talented chefs in the country against the most beautiful models in the world? A charity volleyball tournament that benefits the Armed Forces Foundation -- and lots of photo ops.
Participating chefs include Pat LaFrieda; Marc Murphy; Victor Albisu; Michael Symon; Spike Mendelsohn; Paul Denamiel; Alon Shaya; Harold Moore; Chris Santos; PJ Calapa; Harold Dieterle; Bob Truitt; Jeff Mauro; Thomas Griese; Josh Capon; Todd Erickson; Hugh Mangum; Charlie McKenna; and Franklin Becker.
Participating models include: Bregje Heinen; Natasha Barnard; Valerie Van Der Graaf; Anne V; Ariel Meredith; Genevieve Morton; Kate Bock; Emily DiDonato; Sara Sampaio; Gigi Hadid; Hannah Davis; Jessica Gomes; Chanel Iman; Marloes Horst; Irina Shayk; Cris Urena; Emily Ratajkowski; Hannah Ferguson; Samantha Hoopes; Lauren Mellor; Kate Upton; Chrissy Teigen; Nina Agdal; Lily Aldridge.
Broken Shaker Freebies
When: All weekend long
Where: The Broken Shaker
How: No cover, no RSVP needed. Just enjoy free food and cocktails
The Broken Shaker is the place where the chefs go to party, so don't be surprised if the person standing next to you is Tony Bourdain or Scott Conant. That being said, forget all that and just come for the crafted cocktails and good food. Here's what's going on this weekend for SoBe Fest:
Thursday, February 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. - Julio Bernejo conducts a tequila seminar with free Mexican food and drinks courtesy of Don Julio.
Thursday, February 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. - Island Creek Oyster will be serving up a complimentary raw bar with music by Red Monkey.
Friday, February 21 from 5 - 8 p.m. - Classic Hour featuring Jim Meehan from PDT in New York City (sponsored by Grey Goose).
Sunday, February 23 - Broken BBQ featuring Giorgio Rapicavoli from Eating House, sponsored by Leblon Cachaca.
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.'s Boozy Slushies
When: Thursday, February 20 - Saturday, February 22, from 2 - 3 p.m. daily
Where: The James Royal Palm, South Shore bar
How: Free. Just show up and enjoy
Kelvin Natural Slush Co. is giving away free boozy slush treats daily. It's a perfect alcoholic brain freeze after a long day on the beach.