The South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) will soon take over the beach and beyond for its 18th season of parties, events, and dinners.

The five-day extravaganza, from February 20 through 24, 2019, will boast 106 parties and events from Miami Beach to Palm Beach.

Festival founder Lee Brian Schrager says the key to keeping things fresh is combining a healthy mix of favorites along with new and exciting happenings such as hands-on master classes, a drag brunch, and an old-fashioned carnival on the beach.

For the 2019 edition, Schrager is proudest of the lineup of 40 dinners — each highlighting some of the world’s greatest chefs. “Burger Bash and Best of the Best are like my children,” he says of two of the longest-running events, “but these dinners are the way to go.”

More than 200 chefs from around the globe will present their dishes, giving South Florida foodies a unique opportunity to dine around the world without boarding a plane. Says Schrager: “I feel like we bring the best that’s out there in the food world today to our beautiful beaches in February.”

If the thought of choosing from more than 100 events seems daunting, Schrager recommends looking into some of the late-night parties and at least one of the grand tasting events. “I would recommend a hands-on master class, a late-night party at the Wharf, and Saturday night’s Beachside BBQ, hosted by Guy Fieri. Willie Nelson’s son Lukas and Cassadee Pope will be performing live.”

The festival’s founding father is quick to remind folks that “100 percent of the festival’s proceeds benefit FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, so you can feel good about your ticket purchase.”

From a drag brunch to a Shabbat dinner, the following are Schrager’s can’t-miss picks. Tickets are available at, and events are 21-and-over unless specified.

Bites & Beats on the River. Travel Channel’s Adam Richman will host an evening that combines music and cocktails with a view when SOBEWFF and Drink Miami take over the Wharf. Enjoy curated cocktails and bites from Miami’s best food trucks, such as Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken, La Santa Taqueria, and Spris Artisan Pizza. 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday, February 21, at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami. Tickets cost $95.