Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village – South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Clear skies. 80 degrees. South Beach, Miami. Welcome to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival!

On Saturday February 26th I attended the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village. It was held right on the beach only a few steps away from the gorgeous ocean. So you know what that meant – it was HOT! There was so much going on that you forgot your skin was burning at times.

This event was huge. There was tent after tent after tent. Right when you walked in there was a set up for illy. Little did I know that this booth would be one of my favorites of the event. It was quite warm out there on the sand, so this “Coffee in a Can” was just what I needed to cool down a bit.

We got to stop by the T-Fal booth to see Ingrid Hoffman and her Simply Delicioso line of cookware. Aren’t those colors beautiful?! Love them!

There was a little tent area where they had book signings. There was also a tent where you could buy cook books to have them signed by the talent.  Here’s a glimpse of a few books they had for sale, as well as  a picture of Rick Bayless signing a book for the one and only Lys at Cooking in Stilettos.

There was a Jelly Belly booth – yes, that’s right – the jelly beans. I’m not a huge jelly bean fan, but when I saw all of these I HAD to try them. Aren’t they cute?! And they were so good. Who wouldn’t love a little cupcake with strawberry icing and strawberry daiquiri jelly beans?!


Have you ever had a Chocolate Covered Jelly Bean? Mmmm, they are so good! And they didn’t even melt in the hot South Beach sun! 🙂

There were two tents where the Demos took place – the KitchenAid Blue Stage and the KitchenAid Green Stage. These events took place between 11am – 6pm. Here was the lineup:


JAMIE OLIVER 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
GIADA DE LAURENTIIS 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
EMERIL LAGASSE 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
RACHAEL RAY 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
MASAHARU MORIMOTO 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
GUY FIERI 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm


RICK BAYLESS 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
THE SCOTTO FAMILY 12:45 pm -1:30 pm
MING TSAI 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
SUNNY ANDERSON 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
ALEX GUARNASCHELLI 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
DUFF GOLDMAN 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

I had the opportunity to catch Sunny Anderson’s demo and I was so glad I did! She was Cooking for Real! Her menu was mouth watering! She made a Sweet Glazed Butterflied Chicken, Sweet Potato Hash, and her Easy String Beans and Onions.  As usual, Sunny does not disappoint! She showed everyone how to butterfly a chicken!  Check out her set-up:

Here are a few pictures from her demo:

All of the recipes she made in the demo will be featured in SEASON 9 of Cooking for Real on the Food Network! You won’t want to miss it!

There were two huge tents at the end for the American Express Grand Tasting Event. There were many restaurants and vendors set up that were serving up appetizers, signatures dishes, desserts, snacks, wine, beer, cocktails, etc. They were there to answer any questions that anyone had and to inform you about what they were serving up. By the time you left the tents you had a bag full of goodies and full stomach!

Stay tuned for more!

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  1. I ADORE that pic of Rick – he’s such a fabulous chef and about made my day 🙂 Coffee in a can can only be made better with a little kahlua, no? 🙂 Such a great event and so happy I was able to check out the tents and demos with you!


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