Our students help run the South Beach Wine & Food Festival®
The Food Network & Cooking Channel 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 24-27, 2022.
FIU students and volunteers help run the Festival. More than 1,200 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 the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One. The Festival turns 21 February 24-27, 2022.