Back and bigger for its third year, the Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival hits the streets tonight and continues through Sunday. The event has grown and was moved to the former IBM headquarters at T-Rex Plaza in Boca Raton.
More than 100 chefs, restaurants and caterers are involved this year in the three-day fest, beginning at the Dinner Under the Stars tonight at 7 p.m. Six tables will be set, each served by a different chef preparing his own four-course menu. Tables representing international culinary regions still are available at this writing for Spain and America. Throughout the fest, a retail shopping bazaar, art gallery and entertainment lounge featuring live bands are open to ticket holders. Tickets are $150 for this event.
The Vineyard Party: A Vine to Glass Affair also staged tonight, is a street party built on mini-wine tastings paired with foods. Several chefs will be giving cooking demonstrations in Kitchen Alley, pairing their foods with wine, a craft beer or a spirit. In the Wine Sensory Gallery, sommeliers will give mini wine-tastings with notes; guests can chat with and compare notes with the event sommeliers. Tickets at this writing are sold out, but check the website for possible openings. Executive chef Dave Stample is the Vineyard Party’s food coordinator.
Saturday, an educational wine and food pairing, Perfect Pairings – A Private Pairing Affair, starts at 10:30 a.m. Sommeliers will teach guests about the nuances of the wines and chefs will be on hand with foods to match at each station. Publix Apron’s Executive chef Wes Bonner leads this day’s cooking aspect. Tickets are $45.
Saturday night, the Grand Tasting – A Culinary Affair fills the streets from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of chefs from the area are cooking sample bites at stations paired with wines from the festival – it’s the dine-around party that typically sells out, but as of this writing, the $100 tickets are still available.
A Jazz Bubbles and Brunch caps the fest Sunday morning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in a buffet/active cooking station setting. The Urban Gypsy Band will perform, and Executive chef Lenora Nolan Ryan hosts the brunch. A European breakfast menu, with pastries, fruits, eggs, fresh fish and more will be offered. Tickets are $75 and include sparkling wine drinks.
Some of the event restaurants and chefs include: Truluck’s, Boca, NYY Steak from the Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek; Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach; Mythos, Coral Springs; Tatiana, Hallandale Beach, Biergarten, Boca; The Whale Raw Bar, Parkland; Muddy Waters, Deerfield Beach; Bistro Ten Zero One of the Marriott, West Palm Beach; Rocco’s Tacos, Boca; George’s Alibi, Wilton Manors; Dapur Tapas, Fort Lauderdale; The Office, Delray Beach; Vic and Angelo’s, Delray Beach; Nick’s Pizzeria, Boca; The Melting Pot, Boca; A Cup A Cake, Lauderdale Lakes; Red’s Backwoods BBQ, Boca; Abe & Louie’s, Boca; SoLita, Boca; Palm Beach Cakes, Boca; Estia, Boca; Fusionarie, Boca; English Tap, Boca; Caruso, Boca; Meyer’s Latin Bistro, Coral Springs; SALT, Delray; Lemongrass, Boca; Super Dave’s Diner, Boca; Rebel House, Boca; Pearson’s Cakes, Palm Beach Gardens; Irie Spice, Fort Lauderdale; Legal Sea Foods, Boca; Ethos Greek Bistro, Coconut Creek; Rita’s Pitas, Boca; Andrew’s Holy Smoke’s, Palm Beach Gardens; El Tamarindo Cafe, Deerfield Beach; Fuku, West Palm Beach; Max’s Harvest, Delray Beach.
A number of area caterers, private chefs, food companies and others also will be offering foods and serving as event chefs.
- Events scheduled Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-11, 2012
- Boca Corporate Center and Campus, 5000 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton
- Tickets for individual events from $45 to $150; multi-event tickets available
- Information and tickets: www.bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com