Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival
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The Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival – formerly known as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival – will take place January 9-15, 2023, boasting an impressive lineup of signature events taking place during an epic week-long festival offering culinary events for ‘Everyone Under the Sun.’

The talent alone could sooth the palates of the most discerning foodie fanatics and culinary connoisseurs during the weeklong line-up. Through a variety of events and the Grand Tasting, guests can indulge in the culinary creative delights of renowned chefs – past events have featured: Chef Chris Miracolo of The Restaurant People; Chef Jorge Montes of Sazoned; Master Chef winner Chef Shaun O’Neale; Chef Josie Smith-Malave of Bubbles + Pearls; Chef Rino Cerbone of Heritage; and Chef Fulvio Sardelli with Sardelli Italian Steakhouse to name a few. To set a little more sizzle to the pan, more chefs will be announced each month joining the already robust lineup of culinary creative minds.

Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival

A Taste of What's to Come

Consider the events below an appetizer to the full course menu soon-to-be-served by the Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival. These Signature Events will ultimately be complemented by an Educational Series, Cooking Demonstrations, Intimate Chef Driven Dining Series and more, all soon to be announced.


Bar Fight! A Spirited Competition

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 11

Where: Rooftop @1WLO

Details: This event will put local mixologists in a head-to-toe, no-holds barred matchup that will declare the 'Official Cocktail of DowntownFTL.' Mixologists will be scored by a team of local celebrity judges on presentation, flavor and concept.  The final vote will come from our guests who will be able to taste each cocktail and vote for their favorite.  

Tickets: click here


Poolside BBQ Battle

When: 7 p.m., Friday, January 13

Where: Hyatt Centric Las Olas

Details: Join us with some of the best nationally renowned and local pitmasters as they compete for the title of ‘BBQ Champion’. This VIP experience will take place at the Hyatt Centric’s beautiful 8th floor pool deck right in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.  All smoke and no mirrors here, as pitmasters showcase their best BBQ creations in a quest to be crowned 2023 Poolside BBQ Battle Champion.

Tickets: click here

Chef searing several small servings of meat, with a blow torch

The Grand Tasting

When: 12 p.m., Saturday, January 14

Where: Las Olas Oceanside Park

Details: Foodies with a taste for more variety can feast their eyes (and fill their stomachs) at The Grand Tasting. This beachside culinary celebration features 4 hours of unlimited bites and sips, cooking demonstrations, live music and some good-old-fashioned culinary competition

Tickets: click here



Picnic in the Park presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

When: 12 p.m., Sunday, January 15

WhereLas Olas Oceanside Park

Details: Rounding out the week-long epicurean excitement is the Picnic in the Park presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Future foodies (aka the kiddos) and parents alike will enjoy a curated lineup of food trucks, hands-on culinary classes for all ages, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, a Kid’s Zone, and local artisan vendors. Admission in complimentary.

Get Your Foodie Fix (aka Tix!)

To purchase tickets for any of the events, please visit:, and to learn more follow @VLFoodWine and @VisitLauderdale on Facebook and Instagram (#VLFWF).

Las Olas Oceanside Park