The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Announces its Return

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival (GFLFW) will return Monday, March 15 – Sunday, March 21, 2021 with a few changes. The Festival will continue its mission to highlight Broward County as an eclectic dining destination that delights and captivates foodies from all over the country. After postponing its 2nd Annual Festival in 2020 due to COVID-19, Festival organizers have reimagined the week-long series of events to ensure each event is not only fun and fulfilling, but safe and socially distant, as well. 

“As the current situation with the global pandemic changes daily, we’ve decided to rework the Festival week with the safety of our guests as our number one priority. The Festival week will be comprised of six experiences, which will have reduced capacities and place safety as a top priority,” said GFLFW co-founder Kate Reed. “All events will follow CDC guidelines and local mandates and masks will be required accordingly,” she added.

This year, GFLFW will include dining experiences at HERITAGE, Sardelli Italian Steakhouse, Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery and the Atlantic Hotel & Spa’s 5th floor pool deck. It will also feature its signature event Cocktail Confidential, which will take place at Fort Lauderdale’s hottest new venue, Sistrunk Marketplace. The ‘Spirited Affair’ will feature cocktails by Shady Distillery’s Shady Vodka, 12 Mile Rum and Somrus Cream Liqueurs. Each of the cocktails are inspired by the FAT Village Arts District, where Sistrunk Marketplace is located. The VIP event is sponsored by FreshPoint of South Florida, Shady Distillery, Somrus Cream Liqueurs and Sistrunk Marketplace.

The Festival will culminate with a “Catch the Love” Toy Drive on Sunday, March 21, at Broward County’s most inspiring coffee house, Cali Coffee, located in the heart of Hollywood, FL. The FREE event is drive-up only and guests can donate a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

This year, GFLFW will include dining experiences at HERITAGE, Sardelli Italian Steakhouse, Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery and the Atlantic Hotel & Spa’s 5th floor pool deck. It will also feature its signature event Cocktail Confidential, which will take place at Fort Lauderdale’s hottest new venue, Sistrunk Marketplace. The Festival closes with a “Catch the Love” Toy Drive on Sunday, March 21, at Broward County’s most inspiring coffee house, Cali Coffee, located in the heart of Hollywood, FL.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Event Schedule is outlined as follows:

Monday, March 15

Event: My HERITAGE dining experience, by Chef Rino Cerbone, 7 p.m.

Location: HERITAGE – 903 NE 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tickets: SOLD OUT

5-course dining experience sponsored by FreshPoint of South Florida and Sunshine Provisions.

Tuesday, March 16

Event: Hip Hop Beats and Wagyu Beef, 7 p.m.

Location: Sardelli Italian Steakhouse – 331 Van Buren St, Hollywood, FL

Tickets: SOLD OUT

5-course dining experience sponsored by FreshPoint of South Florida, Sunshine Provisions and Wandering Wines.

Wednesday, March 17

Event: Cocktail Confidential, 7 p.m.

Location: Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery – 115 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tickets: $49

The ‘Spirited Affair’ will feature cocktails by Shady Distillery’s Shady Vodka, 12 Mile Rum and Somrus Cream Liqueurs. Each of the cocktails are inspired by the FAT Village Arts District, where Sistrunk Marketplace is located. The VIP event is sponsored by FreshPoint of South Florida, Shady Distillery, Somrus Cream Liqueurs and Sistrunk Marketplace.

Thursday, March 18

Event: Shady Distillery Dinner, 7 p.m.

Location: Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery – 115 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tickets: $99

Guests will experience the launch of Shady Distillery, located inside Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery. The dining experience features 4-courses, each paired with a signature Shady cocktail. The event is sponsored by FreshPoint of South Florida and Sunshine Provisions.

Friday, March 19

Event: Veg Out Vegan Dinner Experience, 7 – 10 p.m.

Location: Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 5th Floor Terrace – 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tickets: $125

This 4-course, plant-based dining experience features two of Fort Lauderdale’s most celebrated chefs, Chef Josie Smith-Malave and Chef Paula DaSilva. The event is sponsored by FreshPoint of Kwaya, The Atlantic Hotel & Spa and SEED Food and Wine Week.

Sunday, March 21

Event: “Catch the Love” Toy Drive, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Cali Coffee – 2650 N 29th Ave, Hollywood, FL

Tickets: FREE to attend. Suggested donation of one new/unwrapped toy.

The FREE event is drive-up only and guests can donate a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the patients of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. [More info…]

For safety precautions related to the pandemic, this year’s Festival line-up unfortunately will not include its three largest events: The Grand Tasting, GFL on the Rise, and Family Day. Festival organizers have postponed those events until 2022 for the safety of its participants and guests. Individuals who purchased tickets to one of those three events in 2020 can roll-over their tickets until 2022 or apply their ticket values to one of the dinners or events taking place during the 2021 Festival. Current ticket holders are encouraged to contact [email protected] to apply their tickets to one of this year’s events.

Menus and details about GFLFW’s 2021 four signature dinners are available online.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.gflfoodwine.com.