South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale Today

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Laine Doss
Meatopia: Coming to South Beach.
Let the food frenzy begin. Tickets for the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale to the general public today.

The festival, which takes place on South Beach's sands and venues around the city, takes place February 19 - 22, with more than 75 different parties, seminars, and tastings planned over the event's four days. SBWFF, which benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University, brings in some of the biggest names in the culinary world, in what may well be the largest "spring break for chefs."

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SOBEWFF Going to the Dogs: Rachael Ray to Host Canine Cocktail Party

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Lee Schrager with Charlie and Stanley. Three party animals!
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the annual multi-day celebrity-fueled bacchanalia that hits Miami Beach every February like a wine-soaked tidal wave has been the site to numerous parties, events, and seminars. Privy to some epic antics like Robert Irvine being shackled upside down by his ankles, Guy Fieri tossing a pizza, and Morimoto singing karaoke, we thought we saw everything.

We were wrong. Oh, so wrong.

This year, the festival is going to the dogs. Literally.

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Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

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Michael Symon, Rachael Ray, and Lee Schrager will all return to the beach for SOBEWFF.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to the sands of South Beach February 19 through 22, 2015, and this time, expect to choose from more then 75 dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties over the four-day span.

The official SOBEWFF website goes live today, featuring the entire celebrity-filled and wine-soaked roster of events.

Since the sheer magnitude of it all is mind-boggling, we enlisted the help of festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who gave us the intel on the best new events, the celebrities appearing, and what changes have been made for 2015.

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Daniel Boulud Cooks Four-Course Meal at DB Bistro Moderne (Photos)

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On Saturday afternoon, one of the world's most talented chefs dropped into his Miami outpost to cook lunch for his fans. Daniel Boulud joined his DB Bistro Moderne executive chef, Jason Pringle, and team to cook a meal straight out of his latest book, Daniel: My French Cuisine. The book celebrates the chef's 20th anniversary of his NYC restaurant, Daniel.

The meal, accompanied with a wine pairing, was exemplary of a French bistro. Short Order was invited to attend. Pictures of the feast after the jump.

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Where Did the Celebrity Chefs Eat in Miami During SOBEWFF?

Scott Conant, Eric Ripert, Geoffrey Zakarian, and François Payard enjoy a moment at Soho Beach House.
Each year, hundreds of celebrity chefs descend upon our fair city to work and play at the South Beach Wine & Festival.

And though their dance cards might seem full with all the fabulous parties and events they host and attend, there always seems to be just enough free time to get out and enjoy some of Miami's best restaurants.

Here's where some of our favorite celeb chefs ate during the festival:

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SOBEWFF: The Top Ten Unforgettable Moments From the Festival

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Can you name all the celebrity chefs?
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is over for another year, and celebrity chefs from the Northeast are flying home for another Polar Vortex even as the giant party tents are being broken down. All that's left of the weekend is a slight hangover, a few goodie bags, and memories.

Here are our top ten unforgettable moments from this year's SoBe Fest. Have others? Share them with us!

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SOBEWFF: Andrew Zimmern's Giant Hot Dog and Shake Shack Win Best of the Munchies

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Andrew Zimmern and providers of munchies.
Closing out this year's South Beach Wine & Food Fest was no easy task. The last few days have been epic. Although if there was one person and one food category to get the job done, it was definitely Andrew Zimmern and the munchies. Other events may have pristine lobster and wine, but this was beer, hot dogs and donuts.

Attendants lined up behind red robes before being let in to a massive food party with carnival games, a rock and roll concert and at the end of the night two awards were handed out. The savory prize went to Shake Shack and the sweet award to Graeter's ice cream.

Although The Munchies: People's Choice Food can still be voted on until March 31.

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SOBEWFF: Geoffrey Zakarian's Farm-to-Table Brunch Includes Kale, Borscht, and Bloodys

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Geoffrey Zakarian really loves his beets.
By the last day of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, even the most hardcore food fanatic is walking a little slowly. It could be the days filled with sipping wine and cocktails in the sun at the Grand Tasting Village or it could be all the parties, but sampling a few dozen burgers at Burger Bash can take its toll.

That's why the Farm to Table Brunch, hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian at the Palms Hotel and Spa, was a much-needed and (dare we say) healthy way to start Sunday off right. The affair, held in the hotel's garden among tropical birds and brilliant foliage, had chefs who walk the farm-to-table talk present clean breakfast bites with a conscience. And to prove once and for all that eating clean is also eating delicious, each morsel was better than the last.

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SOBEWFF: YogArt's Buddha and Bellinis Starts With Anthony Bourdain Sighting, Ends with Love Party

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Tony being Tony
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival wasn't all about the eats. Yesterday, we let out all our toxins at YogArt, which made a return at this year's festival after its success last year. Taking place at The Raleigh, the Buddha's and Bellinis event fuses music, food and art into one. The location was sweet too, considering we spotted Anthony Bourdain sunbathing and floating around with his daughter Ariane in his favorite hotel and pool in the Magic City (remember season one of No Reservations?).

As for the yoga, Tony wasn't involved, but 200 people on both Saturday and Sunday made for a sold out event, good vibes, and reaping what was sowed the previous days of gluttony.

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SOBEWFF: Jorge Padrón Wins Peoples Choice Award at Swine & Wine

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Padron's Cuban Pork Sliders with Mariquitas
At an event titled Swine & Wine, you'd expect plenty of pork fat and rivers of alcohol flowing.

This was most certainly the case last night at the Goya-sponsored, Michelle Bernstein-hosted event at the Biltmore Hotel.

The porcine-centric evening brought some of the best chefs from all around the country together for a Miami-style pig roast with rum, vodka, wine, Latin tunes, and, of course, cigars.

After years of competing, Jorge Padrón of Padrón Cigars finally took home the win with the People's Choice Award.

We spoke to Padrón, and picked some favorite dishes from the event.

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