Sebastian Fernandez had to sit down and read the email twice.
When the message from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival popped up on his phone, telling him he had been invited to show off his cooking skills for the first time at this year’s Best of the Best event, Fernandez’s eyes well up. His Coconut Grove restaurant, 33 Kitchen, just got called up to the big leagues.
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“I was like, ‘I’ve got to sit down. Read it twice. Digest the whole idea,’ ” he said. “Very emotional.”
For a local restaurant chef, being invited to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival to cook alongside world-renowned and celebrity chefs can be a sword tap on the shoulder. His restaurant is knighted. It instantly goes from having local following to an international one. The festival opens today with a pair of events in Fort Lauderdale and continues through Sunday. The Miami Herald will have live coverage from events daily on Miami.com.
The 16th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival
What: The five-day festival opens Wednesday, Feb. 22 with a pair of events in Fort Lauderdale and continues through Sunday with locations throughout Miami and Miami Beach. The Miami Herald will have live coverage from events daily on Miami.com and on Miami.com’s Instagram page, @Miamigrams.
Tickets: Passes for available events can be purchased online at SobeFest.com, or by calling 877-762-3933.
More information: The Miami Herald and Miami.com will be covering the South Beach Food & Wine Festival through social media with photos, Facebook Live and updated news. Find us on Instagram at @Miamigrams and on Facebook at Facebook.com/MiamiHeraldFood