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Feed your sugar cravings at these #SOBEWFF events

Kendall’s Exquisito Fine Chocolates will be showing off their dessert skills at the Decadent Dessert Party Saturday.
Kendall’s Exquisito Fine Chocolates will be showing off their dessert skills at the Decadent Dessert Party Saturday. Instagram

Does your sweet tooth call the shots in your life?

Then, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has events tailor made for you.

Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats

The first thing you might notice is that nighttime soirees seem to be a trend on the sweet side of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

The Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night on Friday, Feb. 24 is a casual, poolside party for people unbothered by sugar and calories. A Miami favorite, The Salty Donut, is partnering with the Broken Shaker and Sasparilla Club (at least for the evening).

The Salty Donut continues to excite fans with its lineup of creative artisan pastries, while the bartenders at the Broken Shaker have been nicknamed “Cocktail Gurus.” Together, they will keep the cocktails and the desserts coming all night long.

10 p.m. to midnight Friday; Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; $95 at

Drink Fort Lauderdale: Cocktail Time Machine Experience

Pairing food and drinks from local talent and internationally acclaimed chefs has made the South Beach Wine & Food Festival an undisputed success. And for all the people out there with a sweet tooth, the marriage between booze and dessert is a match made in heaven. If you identify with your fellow sugar-craving humans and enjoy to throw one back, too, then Cocktail Time Machine Experience is the event for you.

The event features Anthony Fellows of HipPOPS, which boasts of its nontraditional gelato and sorbet Popsicles, and Zombie Ice, which is the food truck behind modern shaved ice.

10 p.m. to midnight, Friday; 521 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale;$150 at

Decadent Dessert Party

Showcasing the finest in sweet treats, the Decadent Dessert Party promises to deliver an evening of ultimate late-night snacking on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. at the National Hotel Miami Beach. Enjoy handcrafted chocolates from Miami’s own, Carolina “Chocolate Empress” Quijano of Exquisito Fine Chocolates at 12855 SW 136th Avenue in Kendall.

Also being featured that night: Cindy Kruse of Cindy Lou’s Cookies. Kruse was pastry chef for the stars at the 2003 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. She also was the top dessert cook at Fontainbleau Resort here in Miami. Her memorable cookies are sold across Miami-Dade County at Panther Coffee and Jimmy’s Kitchen locations.

To top things off for the evening, pastry chef Miro Uskokovic will tap into the sweetest of sweet tooth dreams. Uskokovic is the go-to pastry guy at Gramercy Tavern, Untitled and Studio Cafe at the Whitney Museum in New York. Named a Top 10 Pastry Chef in 2015, there’s no telling what surprises this mastermind will have up his sleeve.

10 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; $150 at

Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood

What’s better than dessert for dessert? Dessert for brunch.

At the Southern Kitchen Brunch, you can enjoy a mix of your breakfast favorites, Southern cuisine with a twist and sweets from Miami’s Honeybee Doughnuts and baker pro Anne Byrn of American Cake.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday; 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; $175 at