GFL Food & Wine Festival

The 2nd Annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival (GFLFW), presented by Visit Lauderdale will take place from Wednesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 22, 2020, throughout Broward County, Florida.

The Festival will feature culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries, and breweries. Led by the Festival Host Committee, GFLFW will once again showcase Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs, restaurateurs, and local food and drink establishments. GFLFW is also pleased to announce that Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be the Festival’s Charity Partner this year.

The Festival will kick off on Wednesday, March 18, with Cocktail Confidential at Sistrunk Marketplace, and GFL on the Rise will take place Friday, March 20, at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. The Festival will also include a Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, March 21 featuring food and beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment as well as a FREE Family Day presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH) on Sunday, March 22. Both events will take place at ArtsPark Hollywood.

The Festival Host Committee includes an eclectic mix of standout nationally acclaimed and local chefs, including Shaun O’Neale, winner of Food Network’s MasterChef Season 7, Chi Chan, Executive Chef at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fulvio Sardelli Jr., Chef/Owner of Sardelli Italian Steakhouse in Hollywood, Josie Smith-Malave, Chef/Co-Owner of Bubbles & Pearls in Wilton Manors, Oliver Saucy, Executive Chef at Café Maxx in Pompano Beach, and Gianpiero Cangelosi and Karen Cangelosi, co-owners of Capriccio’s Ristorante in Pembroke Pines and Tarantella Ristorante in Weston. Rounding out the Host Committee is Crystl Horton, Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle and 5 Star Sommelier Heath Porter of Heathen Wine Tours. Heath will provide guests with tips and advice for pairing their favorite food samplings with fantastic wines.

The Event Schedule is outlined as follows:

Wednesday, March 18
Cocktail Confidential: A Spirited Affair (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Location: Sistrunk Market
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This ‘Spirited Affair’ will feature signature cocktails and bites that will take guests on a culinary journey to be remembered.

Friday, March 20
GFL on the Rise: An Elevated Culinary Experience 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
As the sun sets on Friday, the culinary stars of Greater Fort Lauderdale rise above the Atlantic for a culinary experience like no other. This VIP experience will take place at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa’s Ocean View Terrace with a perfect 180-degree oceanfront view. #ReleaseYourInnerFoodie with bites from Greater Fort Lauderdale’s culinary stars while enjoying a variety of wine pairings curated by GFLFW’s resident Sommelier, Heath Porter of Heathen Wine Tours.

A silent memorabilia and experience auction, curated by Palm Beach Autographs, will be featured in which proceeds will directly benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Participating restaurants include Bubbles & Pearls, JWB Rime, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Rivertail, Sardelli’s Italian Steakhouse, The Terrace Grill, Tsukuro and Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery with more to be announced.

Location: The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Ocean View Terrace
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL
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Saturday, March 21
Grand Tasting  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Grand Tasting event features tastings, chef demonstrations, cooking demos, live music and more.
Location: ArtsPark Hollywood- 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood, FL
Tickets: VIP Tickets are $95 and General Admission are $50

Sunday, March 22
Family Day & Food Drive presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Round up the family, chairs, and blankets for a great cause as we host a toy drive that will benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. This FREE event promises to be fun-filled with live entertainment, a fantastic JDCH Kid’s Zone, kid-friendly activities (culinary and non-culinary), food trucks and cocktails bars.
Location: ArtsPark Hollywood- 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood, FL
Tickets: FREE to attend. Suggested donation of one new/unwrapped toy

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