Wine and food, your favorite old tunes, and traveling plants are just some of the highlights this week in Miami. Get tickets to see your favorite celeb chef in action at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, or go to the Seminole Hard Rock to be chilled way out by the music of the Beach Boys, featuring a special appearance by John Stamos.
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February 24–28 | Food festival
South Beach Wine and Food Festival
The 15th Annual Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a mouthful of a name—appropriate, given all the mouthfuls of deliciousness you'll have at all the tasting events. Known as one of the country’s best and most star-studded food festivals, this extravaganza of eating takes over South Beach every year for a week of cooking demos, dessert parties, and dinners hosted by celebrity chefs. Highlights include the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village, dinner with Tom Colicchio honoring Jonathan Waxman, a pop-up Asian Night Market with Andrew Zimmern, paella and tapas with Jose Andres, and a rosé brunch with Martha Stewart and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Times and locations vary | (877) 762-3933 | From $20 | website
February 27 | Concert
The Beach Boys
God only knows what we’d do without the music of The Beach Boys. Catch the iconic band, led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, playing all the sounds we’ve come to associate with summer fun. The tour marks more than five decades of singing along to songs like “God Only Knows,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “I Get Around.” Even better: Full House-famous actor John Stamos, who has performed on and off with the Beach Boys since 1985, will hit the stage with the boys, trading off between vocals and guitar as he pleases.
7 p.m. | Seminole Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood | From $49 | website
February 27–28 | Escape the city
Get your weekend wind-down on in quiet Bonita Springs. Just south of Fort Myers and just north of Naples, Bonita Springs is the perfect place to spend a nice, laid-back, mid-winter weekend. The best beach in town is Barefoot Beach, which you can walk to from Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille, a beachside lunch and dinner joint that serves up fresh seafood. Head down the main road and you’ll find Dolly’s Produce Patch and Eatery—great for breakfast or a mid-day snack—and Taco Mix, a Mexi-Cuban fusion restaurant. Throughout your day, stop and shop at Pottery As Art for rustic Mexican and Chinese pottery, or get active with paddle boarding, kayaking, and nature tours.
Chef Cindy Hutson has been making her food dreams come to life for more than two decades at Coral Gables’s Ortanique restaurant. Now, she's opening Zest, a new concept in downtown Miami that expands upon her authentic, Miami-specific take on Caribbean food. Zest will be open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, with a neighboring market (Zest Mrkt) serving prepared foods for the workday lunch crowd. Catch a taste of sunny flavors like cast-iron calamari with grilled lemon, blistered shishito peppers and preserved orange glaze, and curried octopus with golden raisin pilau at the opening on February 29.
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami | (305) 374-9378 | website
Ends February 28 | Art exhibit
"Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern"
Don't miss your last chance to see the philodendrons (climbing and crawling tropical plants) at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum. The "Philodendron" exhibit closes on Sunday after a five-month run showcasing the native Central and South American plants, which thrive well in Miami's similarly warm climate. So well, in fact, that the exhibit room looks like a woodsy fairytale, with the walls covered in green foliage. The exhibit aims to tell the story of the "social lives" of these flora—how they moved across continents from the wilderness to the home, and how they shaped Western ideas about exotic tropical cultures.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | (305) 531-1001 | From $7 | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.