Jan 072019
music at mickel 2019

The City of Wilton Manors Leisure Services Department is launching the Music at Mickel Concert Series for 2019 on Friday January 18th with a tribute to Jimmy Buffett by Caribbean Chillers from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  The Caribbean Chillers will be rocking the park playing favorite hits from “Margaritaville” to “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. Food Trucks and beverages will be available for purchase.  The Music at Mickel Concert Series is FREE and open to the public every third Friday of the month January through April.  The city of Wilton Manors invites the public to gather with family and friends, bring a picnic, relax and enjoy several different genres of music.

Concert Schedule

Friday, January 18 – Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)

Friday, February 15 – Big City Dogs (Rock and Classic Rock covers)

Friday, March 15 – Zendatta (Police Tribute)

Friday, April 19 – Jamport Authority (Funk and R&B)


More Information

Mickel Park is located at 2675 NW 7th Ave in Wilton Manors.  Admission is Free.

Shuttle service will be available to and from St Clement Church, 225 NW 29 St. (every 10 minutes)

For more information about the Live Music at Mickel concert series, contact the Leisure Services Department at (954) 390-2130 or visit wiltonmanors.com.

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Jan 022019
beatles festival

Celebrate the iconic music of The Beatles and other classic rock artists such as Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty when you attend the first annual International Beatles On The Beach Festival at participating venues in Delray Beach, April 25-28, 2019!  A wide array of Beatlesque bands and performers are expected to draw thousands of Local, Out-of-Towners and even many international visitors to Delray Beach for this exciting new event.

The Legendary Edgar Winter Band will storm the outdoor stage at Old School Square on Friday, April 26, performing classic hits including Frankenstein and Free Ride.  Edgar Winter is also a veteran of Ringo Starr’s All Star Band!

Another headline act, McCartney Mania will perform selections from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, and The White Album, accompanied by The Academy Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Servinsky on Saturday, April 27th.

Local venues along Atlantic Avenue and within walking distance of Old School Square will participate with live music to be announced closer to the weekend of the event.

The International Beatles On The Beach Festival will include many family-friendly and fan-friendly activities:

  • BeatleCon: This is a major event, where guests are encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite Beatle, Rockstar, Superhero, Harry Potter character, Blue Meanie, Lord of the Rings, or favorite 60’s & 70’s hippie!
  • Celebrity Symposium with Beatles Hair Stylist Leslie Cavendish, Apple Records CEO Tony Bramwell reminiscing about their wild Beatles stories. 
  • Beatles themed Scavenger Hunt
  • Ringo Bingo with exciting prize giveaways! 
  • Octopus’s Garden- Children’s Play Area with fun activities for the children.
  • Beatles Bar Crawl involving participating restaurant/bars with specialty Beatles drinks such as Me and My Monkey Margarita & Strawberry Fields Forever Frozen Daiquiri!
  • I Met A Beatle – Meet and Greet people who have actually met the FAB Four or seen The Beatles live. GREAT stories will be shared!
  • Magical Mystery Mini-Golf
  • Beatles Bikini Contest
  • Beatles Yoga
  • Beatles and Classic Rock Art Show 
  • Abbey Road Replica and Car Show
  • BeatleJuice-Off with local juice bars. 

A World Premiere Beatles Movie!

Mersey Boys: A Letter from Al Moran, a short film produced in Ireland about a fictional encounter between an American professor and the young Beatles in a Liverpool pub will make its’ world premiere showing at the Beatles on the Beach Festival in Delray Beach, Florida. 

Mersey Boys Beatles Movie

Be a part of the most exciting musical event ever to hit Florida, The International Beatles On The Beach Festival! 
Taking over ALL of Delray Beach, Florida for 4 magical days, April 25-28, 2019! 


General Admission begins at $29.50.  2-day passes begin at $51.50 each. 

Purchase tickets online via BeatlesOnTheBeach.comTicketMaster.com or in person at the Old School Square Box Office. 
A limited number of VIP Tickets will be made available – the perfect gift for the true Beatles Fan! 

Follow updates via social media: www.facebook.com/events/323164748520476/

Jan 022019
Jaded Aerosmith Tribute

What better a way to celebrate the new year than to get out and enjoy a show that reminds you of years gone by?  That’s exactly what thousands of you do each weekend whenever you attend the many free or ticketed “concerts” at local bars and restaurants with cover bands and some of those bands may concentrate on a single famous musician or band so we tend to refer to them a tribute band.  Sure, some of them are better than others and that’s sometimes a matter of opinion.   Some of them wear costumes or just wigs which puts them and hopefully you into the right mood for their show.  Most of the bands playing locally  are made up of local musicians, some of whom make a living playing “gigs” as often as possible with other original or cover bands or as solo performers.  Others have full time jobs and you may not even recognize them if they delivered your mail or fixed your car but watching them on stage provides all of us an opportunity to escape from our daily lives and pretend, just for a few hours, that those guys are the “real” thing.   So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

In addition to paying tribute to specific bands and artists, there are also many bands that pay tribute to a specific era or genre of music.  For example, Down Durty Boyz, Metalucious, and Hairdays are all examples of bands that cover favorite “Hair Metal” of the 80’s.  A few others including Stereotomy, The Pixels and Rubixx pay tribute to 80’s Alternative otherwise known as New Wave.   We don’t have space to cover them all here but it’s always fun to attend their shows as well.

We put together a snapshot of tribute shows you can expect to see this month based on blogs and listings appearing on the live music calendars at WeekendBroward.com and WeekendPalmBeach.com, spanning from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, Florida.

Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach

Experience tributes to your favorite artists under the stars with free admission every Friday and Saturday night on the outdoor patio at Galuppi’s.  Table reservations are available starting at $50/table.  Otherwise, you’re encouraged to come early for dinner and/or appetizers before the show begins as tables are given out on a first come, first served basis. More info at www.galuppis.com or (954) 785-0226.

January 4 – KISS Alive (KISS) with opening act Fremantle (AC/DC)

January 5 – Doors Alive (Jim Morrison and The Doors)

January 12 – Smooth STB (Santana Tribute Band)

January 18 – Jaded (Aerosmith)

January 19 – True Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)

January 26 – Pure Zeppelin Experience (Led Zeppelin)

The Venu Restaurant and Bar in Boynton Beach

Every Thursday night is Tribute Night at The Venu, located in the Canyon Town Center in Boynton Beach.  This upscale restaurant and bar has a concert size stage on one end and a large U-shaped bar on the other end and plenty of tables in between.   Tickets are sold in advance for most shows starting at $10 for general admission and up to $35 for tables in the first two rows (VIP section). For more information, visit www.thelocalvenu.com or call (561) 200-0222.

January 3 – After Midnight (Eric Clapton)

January 10 – Pure Zeppelin Experience (Led Zeppelin)

January 11 – Thunderjack (AC/DC)

January 17 – The Beatlemaniax USA (The Beatles)

January 24 – Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi)

January 31 – Simply Tina (Tina Turner)


The Pavilion at Old School Square in Delray Beach

Free and ticketed outdoor concerts every Friday night and some Saturday nights starting October 5th, 2018 and running weekly until March of 2019.  We picked out only the tribute shows to feature here, however, you can find the complete list online at: Friday Night Concerts at The Pavilion at Old School Square

Jan 12 – Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

Jan 19 – Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

The Wellington Amphitheater

The 3,200 square foot open-air facility, located in Western Palm Beach County, includes a state of the art sound and lighting system for events such as concerts, plays, school functions, and movie nights. The Wellington Amphitheater features Food Trucks and free live music on most Thursday and Saturday nights.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. More info at: www.wellingtonfl.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation/events/amphitheater or call (561) 753-2484.

January 10 – Five Boroughs Doo-Wop Tribute Show

January 12 – Almost Ahba (Abba)

January 19 – Hot Legs (Tina Turner)

January 31 –  Neil Zirconia (Neil Diamond)



January 3 – Cash Unchained  (Johnny Cash) at The Kelsey Theater in Lake Park [Tickets $15-$30]

January 4 – Turnstiles (Billy Joel) at Pine Island Park in Plantation

January 4 – Completely Unchained (Van Halen) at Johnny Q’s in Palm Springs

January 5 – KISS Alive (KISS) with opening act Carnivalle at Piper’s Sports Bar in Greenacres

January 17 – The B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen) at Legends Lounge (NYY Steak) in Coconut Creek

January 18 – Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffett) at Mickel Park in Wilton Manors (2675 NW 7th Avenue)

January 19 – Chili Pilots (Red Hot Chili Peppers) at JD’s Lounge in Coral Springs

January 19 – The Petty Hearts (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) at Nectar Lounge in Coconut Creek

January 25 – Smokin’ (Boston) at Stage 954 inside the Casino at Dania Beach

Weekly Shows

Mondays – Catch impersonators from South Florida Legends every Monday night at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale

Tuesdays – Hot Rod Show pays a humorous tribute to Rod Stewart every Tuesday night at Johnnie Brown’s in Delray Beach

Also Tuesdays, 2 of Us (Beatles Tribute Duo) at The Field Irish Pub & Eatery in Dania Beach

Sundays – Crazy Fingers pays tribute to The Grateful Dead every Sunday night at Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach


More Live Music Updated Daily

Exact dates, times and locations for all of the above, favorite cover bands, happy hour entertainment and more live music can be found on the following two pages of WeekendBroward.com:



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Dec 182018
Happy New Year

While not as extensive as our guide to New Year’s Eve events in and around Fort Lauderdale, we’d like to share with you several options for ringing in 2019 with live music at some of our favorite bars and restaurants spanning from Boca Raton all the way up to Jupiter.  We have arranged the details, city by city, from Boca Raton in south Palm Beach County to Jupiter in North Palm Beach County.  We have included as much information as possible to let you know when admission is free, any reservation charges and what’s included in ticket pricing, if any.  It’s always a good idea to call and confirm details with the restaurant once you have settled upon a favorite spot to party this New Year’s Eve.  

Boca Raton

Crazy Uncle Mike’s Brewery & Restaurant – Live music by JM & The Sweets from 8pm till 1am.  No Cover charge. Free Champagne or Beer Toast at midnight! For reservations call 561-931-2889

The Funky Biscuit – Ring in the New Year with Brothers & Sisters Annual Holiday Jam celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers & The Lives of Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks. Tickets range from $40.00 – $70.00.  Reserve Seats for this show are subject to a $15 food or beverage minimum (The Funky Biscuit Menu & Holiday Dinner Specials Available Exclusively For This Event.) Purchase online at www.funkybiscuit.com

Pavilion Grille – Dance to a mixture of Oldies, Motown, Latin, and Ballroom music with DJ Russ spinning favorite hits. Dinner includes a Deluxe Dinner Buffet including a Prime Rib, Glazed Ham and Turkey Carving Station, Pasta Station, Asian Station plus more. Deluxe Dessert Station with Ice Cream Bar at 10pm. Champagne Toast at Midnight. Dinner is served from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. All reservations must be prepaid. $99 (not including tax or service charge)  Complete list of pricing options can be found online. Call 561-912-0000 or Email [email protected] to purchase your reservation. www.paviliongrille.com

Blue Martini of Boca Raton presents a New Years Eve. Early Bird General Admission: $60.00  General Admission at door: $75.00 General Admission Tickets include open Bar & passed hors d’oeuvres from 8-10pm, Champagne Toast & Countdown to Midnight, Live Band at 8PM and DJ Til Close. Elegant Attire Encouraged.  Table Packages are  also available. Email [email protected] or call (561) 910-2583.

Delray Beach

Bostons on the Beach – The New Year’s Eve party at this Delray Beach restaurant promises enticing edibles and lively entertainment by Victor Wainwright and The Train.  Wainwright’s career began over a decade ago with a rock ’n’ roll, honky-tonk style. Since then, he has broadened his musical scope to include virtually every category of the blues. The award-winning singer, songwriter, and piano player has a genuine passion for entertaining, and delivers a dynamic, crowd-pleasing performance. Guests can party all night from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and revel in two different buffets with a breakfast buffet at the end of the evening. Party favors and gratuities are included. Tickets range from $75-$125 Click here to buy your tickets to the Boston’s on the Beach New Year’s Eve party.

Deck 84 will offer a NYE specials menu in addition to full regular menu. Live music from Erik O’Neill band from 9:30pm till the countdown at midnight.

Kapow Noodle Bar & Dubliner Irish Pub have combined forces to offer a $45 Open Bar (Premium Rock-Star option $65/pp), DJ Chris P over at Kapow Noodle Bar and Mechanical Hearts at The Dubliner. Open bar tickets and more details available at:  https://bit.ly/2PGat1u

Can’t stay up till midnight?  Delray Beach will ring in the New Year on December 31st with a FREE family friendly event from 5-9pm on the grounds of Old School Square. Free activities include: kids crafts, face-painting, Celebration Crowns, Resolution wall, vintage game room, live entertainment and DJ, outdoor family games and more! The Carousel, Mini-Golf and Ice Skating will be available for $3. Food trucks will be on site. The fireworks finale will launch from the Old School Square Parking Garage at 9pm.  Details: 100ftChristmasTree.com

Boynton Beach

The Venu – Dance, party, and celebrate as The Venu welcomes the new year with the original Studio 54 disco band.  $75 (+ tax, + gratuity) includes a gourmet 4-course meal prepared by Chef Kelley.  $100 (+tax, + gratuity) includes both the dinner and show.  Once deposit is made online, call (561) 200-0222 to make a reservation at a preferred time slot. First seating has slots available from 6-7pm, and live music from 7-8pm.  Second seating has slots available from 9-10pm with live music starting at 10pm. Purchase$25 deposit to the first show or the second show via Eventbrite.

Elmo’s Rock Bar – Live music by Green Means Go starting at 10pm.  Free champagne toast at midnight. Free late-nite breakfast buffet. 

Banana Boat will feature the Girlfriend Material band from 8:30 till 12:30am (located on the Intracoastal waterway) More info at (561) 732-9400.

Lake Worth

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill – Live rock music by Carnivalle at 9:30pm. Mini-buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. No Cover charge.

Rhum Shak – Live music by Franscene starting at 9pm. – No Cover Charge

Johnny Q’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (Palm Springs) – Knockdown classic rock band headlines the live entertainment with champagne toast at midnight. No Cover Charge.

Brogues DownUnder – This expansive and authentic Irish bar has added a 4-course New Year’s Eve dinner special along with a glass of champagne for $42.95.  Guests may also order off the daily dinner menu.  South Florida cover band Downtown will rock you into 2019.  RSVP (561) 585-1885.

Homegrown will be at The Brass Monkey Tavern starting at 9:30pm

West Palm Beach

Copper Blues – This year’s New Year’s Eve Party is themed “Rock & Royalty” and will feature rock covers by The Klik.   General Admission with advance purchase is $25 and includes entry at 8pm, entertainment, and midnight champagne toast.  Appetizer includes a seat, Charcuterie Board and a Moet Split for $58.41/pp. The Couples Package includes 2 seats, Charcuterie Board, and a 375 mL bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $116.82/couple.  The Bar Seating package includes a seat at the bar with Open Bar 10pm-Midnight (includes all beers, wines, house champagne, top shelf liquors and all specialty drinks) for $87.62/pp. RSVP 561-322-9256. More info at: www.copperblueslive.com

City Place – Entertainment TBA.  Snow will be falling every hour from 6 till 8 + Midnight!


Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar – Close the year out with some high-quality fusion and reggae at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar (960 North Highway A1A Jupiter, FL 33477). Guavatron creates a fresh sound at every show while keeping their roots of dance, rock, electronica, and funk involved. SOWFLO is South West Florida’s premiere reggae / roots / rock band. The party begins at 9 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. 21 over are welcome; there is no cover. For more details, visit www.Guanabanas.com or call 561.747.8878.


For a more complete list of which band is playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Palm Beach County.

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Dec 182018
New Years Eve 2019

Are you a creature of habit who likes to do the same thing, year after year, going to the same place to celebrate New Year’s Eve or are you more like me, looking for something new and exciting to do, maybe willing to spend a few more dollars but not blow your entire month’s earnings on just one night?  Are you single and looking to mingle or a couple looking for that perfectly romantic spot to kiss at midnight?  Got kids but no babysitter because it’s New Year’s Eve?  My annual guide to New Year’s Eve parties in and around Fort Lauderdale compiles information gathered from multiple sources with a laser focus on supporting live music so if you’re just looking to dance the night away to an electronic beat, you have come to the wrong place, or should I say blog?


Tavolino della Notte (Coral Springs) – Seating starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:30pm and includes 4 Course NYE Menu $99pp or Party Seating from 9:00pm until close includes a table for the rest of the evening to enjoy dinner, dancing & more. Includes 5 Course NYE Menu, Champagne toast & party favors. Live music from Betty Padgett & KRUSH Band. $149 PER PERSON plus alcohol, tax & gratuity. RSVP (954) 509-0046

Gatsby’s Joint (Fort Lauderdale) – Guests will have the option of having a three-course menu for $45 a person or a VIP package with wine pairings, welcome cocktail, & sparkling wine toast for $95 a person. Prizes will be won for the best dressed – so get your sparkly fringe dress, top hats, jewels, and rich feathers out and come dressed to impress! Entertainment by Funky Blues Band. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing [email protected]

Galuppi’s (Pompano Beach) – Choose between coming for dinner and entertainment or skip dinner and participate in the countdown party after 9pm for a reduced price. The complete package includes complete buffet dinner buffet including carving stations and passed hor d’oeuvres and all the benefits of the after-dinner party for $59.95/pp.  Or, come after 9pm and pay $20.00 admission for the countdown party with Big Rock Band hosted by Alex Lencina of BIG 105.9.  The kitchen will be open till midnight if you get hungry.  Either package includes includes party favors, entertainment and champagne toast at midnight (and maybe even some fireworks!). Reservations are not needed for the after-party with open seating on the outdoor patio or bring your own lawn chair. RSVP for dinner (954) 785-0226

Fishtales on 33rd (Fort Lauderdale) – Two options to choose from.  Early Bird dinner includes 1 Drink Ticket and live entertainment by Johnny L starting at 4:30pm.  After 8pm, complete dinner includes  party favors and a champagne toast at midnight with live music by party band Bounce starting at 10pm. $99/pp.  RSVP (954) 689-2344.

The Balcony (Fort Lauderdale) – Ring in 2019 at The Balcony with a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party. $99 to $125/pp includes Open Bar, Grand Buffet including Raw Bar, Seafood, Hors d’oeuvres, Carving Station, Midnight Champagne Toast, Live Band – Breeze (1st Floor) and DJ Rockwell (2nd Floor) + Mardi Gras Entertainers, Party Favors and Balloon Drop at midnight.  Note: 21+ after 8pm RSVP (954) 200-6344.

Kelly Brothers Irish Pub (Fort Lauderdale) – This hot spot for blues music will feature live music by JP Soars & The Red Hots, Party favors, birthday cake (for a special guest) and light snacks after the ball drops in Time Square + a-la-carte ordering from their extensive dinner menu.  Admission $30/pp. also includes 1 free drink. RSVP (954) 630-2856.

RIP’s Sports Bar at Diamond Strike Lanes (Pompano Beach) – Shaw Davis & The Black Ties ring in the new year with high energy Blues starting at 9:00 pm.  No Cover charge. For more details, call (954) 941-0968.

Bogart’s American Kitchen in Hollywood will feature live music by The Livesays (Billy, Cuqui & Jorge with guest percussionist Linda Curtis Anton) 8pm till the countdown at midnight. Dinner reservations are suggested for a 5 course meal, $55pp, $100/couple including champagne toast.

Cagney’s House of Rock (Davie) – Loose Cannons band rings in the New Year at Cagney’s “House of Rock ” starting at 10:30pm. FREE Admission.

Lulu’s Bait Shack (Fort Lauderdale) – Enjoy the ocean breeze as Project-X rocks you into 2019 at this iconic 2nd floor restaurant-bar featuring a New Orleans seafood menu and raw bar.  Band is scheduled to begin at 10pm.  Free Admission.

Cheers (Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise) – Two New Year’s Eve Bashes to choose from and no cover charge at either location.  In Fort Lauderdale, Wrecktifier will rock you into 2019. Further west, White Noise brings the rockin’ party spirit to Sunrise. Both bands start at 10pm.  Cheers Sunrise is offering a FREE Buffet from 8pm til 10pm with $5 cover, FREE Champagne toast at midnight, FREE Party Favors, a Spectacular Confetti & Light Show
and Video Countdown. Kitchen – Open til 3am.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek features live music in the following areas:

  • Reymz at NYY Legends Lounge (8pm)
  • Furious George at Sunset Grill (9pm)
  • Jeffrey James Gang at Nectar Lounge (9pm)
  • Sister Sledge at The Pavilion stage.  Doors open at 10 p.m. with Miami-based DJ Katrella getting the party started. Then, the band known best for their hit “We Are Family” takes the stage at 11 p.m., . At midnight, guests will enjoy a champagne toast to ring in the new year. Tickets are $95 per person, and include two drinks, a champagne toast, and party favors.  Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 653-8000.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort has several options to ring in 2019 including:

  • Family-Friendly Affair at Margaritaville Restaurant– Dance your way into 2019 with the whole family at Margaritaville Restaurant with live music by Hyryze, champagne toast, party favors, and midnight balloon drop. The restaurant is serving a prix fixe menu beginning at 9 PM, offered for $125 per adult and $60 per child.
  • Poolside Soiree at the Lone Palm – South Florida’s best outdoor party is back! Party in paradise to tunes spun by DJ Johnny Ramirez (from 102.7 FM — The Beach) while sipping frozen concoctions until a special midnight countdown. Cabanas and daybeds can be reserved for groups and include open bar, a bottle of champagne, party favors and a charcuterie platter.  The party starts at 8 PM and ticket prices are $50+.  Also, local party-band, Havoc 305, will be performing at The Hollywood Beach Theater.
  • 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood– JWB will host two prix fixe seatings at 5 PM and 8 PM featuring a diverse selection of plates. See set menus here. Diners will be able to countdown to midnight with a live DJ and saxophonist, as well as party favors and a Moet & Chandon Toast.
  • Across the street, you can grab a drink to toast the new year with live music by Curbstone at 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill.

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Dec 062018
Fort Lauderdale Food Wine Festival

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival will debut Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, featuring culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries and breweries. The Festival, which will benefit Feeding South Florida, will showcase Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs and restaurateurs and highlight the culinary renaissance that is currently sweeping through Broward County.

The inaugural Festival will include a full-day Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, March 23 featuring beverage tastings, cooking demos, live music and art installations from local talent; and a FREE Family Day & Food Drive benefiting Feeding South Florida on Sunday, March 24.  Both events will take place at ArtsPark Hollywood.  There will also be a Kick-off event on Friday, March 22 in Fort Lauderdale with details to be released soon.

Chef Angelo EliaChef Angelo Elia, owner of the Angelo Elia Restaurant Group which includes Casa D’Angelo, Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas and The Bakery Bar, and Broward County’s premiere chef, has been named as the Host Chef of the inaugural Festival.  During the Grand Tasting event, Chef Angelo will “wow” the attendees with a unique cooking demonstration. Every year since September 2000, Chef Elia has been honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. He has also received the “Golden Spoon Award” from Florida Trend Magazine for the past 18 years. He also received four stars by former food critic M.L. Warren of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  “I am extremely excited and honored to be the Host Chef of the Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival,” said Chef Angelo Elia. “Broward County includes many of the country’s top chefs and now we get to show off our culinary chops!”

The epicurean weekend will benefit Feeding South Florida with a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Tasting on Saturday being donated to the charity. While Sunday’s Family Day is FREE to attend, the suggested donation for admission is four canned goods per person that will go directly to Feeding South Florida.

“We’re excited to launch the Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival to introduce all the wonderful culinary delights and spirits that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area has to offer our local residents and out-of-town visitors,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Founder Kate Reed, a veteran of producing major South Florida events and building philanthropy efforts.  “We look forward to providing a fabulous event experience to bring our community together while benefiting local charities.”


The Festival is outlined as follows. Mini-event updates can also be found on the GFLFoodWine.com website 30-days prior to the main stage events:

Friday, March 22: Details about the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Kick-off event to be released soon.

Saturday, March 23: Grand Tasting at ArtsPark Hollywood (1-5 p.m.)

Features tastings, chef demonstrations, cooking demos, live music and more; a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Tasting on Saturday will be donated to Feeding South Florida.

Early bird special rates for General Admission tickets range from $60 – $75 *

Early bird special rates for VIP tickets range from $95 – $125*

(*Early bird ticket prices go up in price on January 3, February 20 and March 23)

Sunday, March 24:  Family Day & Food Drive at ArtsPark Hollywood (12-5 p.m.)

This FREE event promises to be fun-filled with local food trucks, live music and children’s activities including cooking demonstrations.  All ages welcomed. Food and beverage are a la carte.

Free admission with a suggested four (4) canned good donation for the non-profit – Feeding South Florida


For more information, visit www.GFLFoodWine.com. Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gflfoodwine/; like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GFLFoodWine/; and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/gflfoodwine.

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