South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Every February, Food Network personalities, celebrity chefs and thousands of fans descend over South Beach for four days of parties, cooking demos and food-and-wine tastings. Tickets are pricey but the most coveted events, such as the Burger Bash – where attendees taste more than 20 burgers prepared by culinary heavy hitters and vote for their favorite – still sell out within hours. Still, there are plenty of smaller events, including interactive cooking demos and wine lectures that are gentler on your pocket. For kids, don’t miss the annual Fun & Fit as a Family, two days of fun activities and demos with the likes of Rachael Ray and Giada de Laurentis. If you go, make sure to get your tickets early (they usually go on sale the previous Fall) and be ready to brave the crowds.