Valentine’s is just around the corner. Got any plans for Love Day? If you’re single, you don’t necessarily have to spend Valentine’s Day alone, especially if you love wine. Florida is holding many wine festivals in 2016 and three of the hottest ones are happening this month! Mark your calendars now because if you’re planning to have a good time in February, you should go to these spectacular gastronomical events!
Florida’s Top Three Wine Festivals Lined Up for the Month of February
There’s something different in the air when Valentine’s comes. People tend to be a little bit more romantic and emotional. Those who are in a relationship are usually excited and preparing for Love Day. But those who are single don’t feel as enthusiastic. If you’re not dating anyone or have no plans of dating anyone, there’s good news for you! February does not have to be all about romance. It can also be about your love for wine.
If you enjoy wine, there’s a lot in store for you this month in Florida. Besides that fact that the state is home to more than 20 wineries and vineyards, extravagant festivals are also held in this place yearly. Three of the most awaited wine festivals in 2016 are happening this February!
Take note of the upcoming gastronomic festivities:
Clearwater Beach Uncorked on February 6th – 7th
This festival is the perfect way to have a pre-Valentine celebration. The Clearwater Beach Uncorked is tagged to be the best beachfront wine festival on the west coast of Florida. The gathering will be held at the Clearwater Beach where you can sit on the milky white shore, feel the breeze on your face, wiggle your toes in the sand, and sip on a glass of excellent-tasting wine.
In addition to the wide selection of premium wines, the festival also offers an assortment of mouth-watering dishes that will definitely take your taste buds to heaven! This annual festivity features a few of the most popular names in Florida’s culinary industry. They will be serving a vast range of scrumptious food, including fresh oysters, select cheeses, and savory antipastos.
You should also consider spending the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. All guests of the festival are offered special discounted rates at this hotel.
Want to enjoy extra exclusivity during the event? Buy VIP tickets! Holders of these special passes will be provided their own private tent where they can indulge in a set of select wines and champagnes. All those with VIP tickets will also be given complete access to the Grand Tasting tent.
Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine and Food Festival on February 14
Enjoy your way through February from the beach to the park. On Valentine’s Day, spend your day celebrating at the Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine and Food Festival. This event is annually held in Jaco Pastorius Park 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, Florida. A variety of artists, musicians, and DJs will be playing live music for you while you feast on flavorful dishes and great-tasting wines.
The festive gathering will officially start at 3:00 in the afternoon and end at 11:00 in the evening. If you want to get inside the venue early, you should purchase VIP passes. Holders of these tickets will be allowed to enter the park an hour early.
This festival is open to people of all ages, including minors. To help the wine vendors to avoid selling alcohol to the attendees who are below 21 years old, the organizers have set up some rules. All minors who wish to attend the event must bring along a family member or friend who is over 21 years old. During registration, all minors will also be required to wear a special band for identification purposes.
South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 24th – 28th
The Valentine’s fever is typically gone after the 14th, but you’re not done partying! After the Love Day, you can still put on your celebratory mood and attend one last grand festival on the 24th through the 28th of February, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This post-Valentine treat will be held in multiple locations in Miami Beach, Florida.
This is one of the most popular festivals in Florida. A lot of people look forward to this event because it is a star-studded celebration that features a number of world-renowned talents in the culinary and wine business. Those who will attend this gastronomic gathering will get to feast on world-famous gourmet dishes, indulge in premier wines, and get a chance to meet a few of the most popular names in the food and wine industry.
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU). The profits of this yearly festivity are given to FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center. The festival has already raised a staggering amount of 22 million dollars over the years for these schools.