South Beach Wine & Food Festival®
Our students help run the South Beach Wine & Food Festival®
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. In partnership with our Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, SOBEWFF® is all about EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. Join us at the upcoming SOBEWFF® from February 22–25, 2024.
FIU students and volunteers help run the Festival. More than 1,500 participate every year. In addition, many of our graduates are now part of the Festival staff.
SOBEWFF® got its start at the hospitality school on the FIU Biscayne Bay campus in 1997 as a one-day Festival, known as the Florida Extravaganza. For five years, the extravaganza showcased wines from national and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants and chefs—working with students from our School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. In 2002, Lee Brian Schrager, then-director of special events and media relations at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, took the reins of the Festival—and with a new vision, relocated it to South Beach launching what is now the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One. The Festival turns 23 February 24–25, 2024.