The popular festival is the first major food event to return to the 305 and will be coming back for its 20th anniversary on Thursday, May 20!
It looks like big events are finally returning to the 305! Originally meant to happen earlier in February, South Beach’s famous Wine & Food Festival will now be returning this month with a whole host of new COVID-19 measures that promise to bring guests all of the fun and top-notch cuisine of past festivals in a safe and enjoyable environment.
The festival, which is taking place Thursday, May 20, through Sunday, May 23, is set to return for its 20th anniversary with a whole new look and COVID-19 measures, including requiring guests, participants, and staff to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test before attending the event.
“This year, our program of events will look and feel a little different, but our mission to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. remains the same. With the help of FIU’s top epidemiologists and infectious disease scientists, we have adapted many new health & safety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of our attendees, staff, participants, volunteers, talent and exhibitors, and, by extension, keep our beloved community safe,” said Lee Brian Schrager, founder and director of SOBEWFF on a letter.
As part of its new and improved look, the SOBEWFF will be reducing the number of events (events have been cut from 130 to about 70) taking place this year and all of these will be hosted outdoors, with the exception of small wine tastings that will set up with socially distanced seating. The festival’s hallmark events such as the Burger Bash, Bubble Q and Grand Tasting Village, will still go on but will be broken down into two sessions per day with 50% capacity each.
Some of the new events include Sunset Happy Hour hosted by SOBEWFF’s longtime attendee and celebrity chef, Guy Fieri, a brand new tour of Delray Beach’s Market with MasterChef alumni Nick DiGiovanni, and Rockin’ Sushi, an epic late-night party with plenty of sushi and rock n’ roll to go round! For additional info on the events taking place this year, the festival has already released its full line up and you can check it online on their website.
In addition, new measures will require festival tents and all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between sessions and guests will also be required to wear masks whenever they are not eating. Additional masks will be available for all of those guests whose masks don’t meet the safety standards.
The registration and arrival experience at all event venues will be completely contactless and will feature symptom and temperature checks as well. Guests will also be required to present the aforementioned proof of vaccination or a negative test upon arrival. PCR tests must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival.
For more information on tickets and COVID-19 guidelines make sure to check out SOBEWFF’s website here.
[Featured image: Facebook / SOBEWFF]