SOBEWFF: The Top Ten Things to Do at the Grand Tasting Village Besides Swirl Wine

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The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Grand Tasting Village is, quite literally, a mini-city of gigantic white tents taking over several blocks of Miami Beach's sandy coastline.

Thousands of people flock to the GTV to swirl and sample hundreds of fine wines, sample the fare of over three dozen restaurants, and watch celebrity chefs demonstrate their culinary skills (and stand up comedy routines).

But the GTV village has so much more to offer. From gathering up some of the best free swag we've seen to partaking in fine libations from some of Miami's best mixologists, here are the top ten things to see and do (none of them wine-related).

See also: All our coverage of South Beach Wine & Food Festival

10. Enjoy a Hard Cider
Walking around the GTV gets hot. You're in the sun and you need to cool off. Head for the Strongbow Cider display and allow one of these beauties to hook you up with a cider on the rocks. It's crisp, slightly bubbly apple goodness is just what you need to keep going.

9. Snag Organic Snacks
It's going to be a long day and you need some energy. Sure, there are tons of sugary items to give you a quick boost, but for long term energy, you're going to want some snack in your bag to keep that blood sugar even. Head over to Love With Food and score a snack pack filled with organic guilt-free goodies and squirrel them away for when that tummy starts rumbling.

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Top thing to do: DON'T GO! It's mad house and not worth it.

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