Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival

The Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, celebrating its fifth anniversary, is a seven-day series of curated culinary experiences and Signature Events celebrating all who contribute to the ever-evolving epicurean scene in South Florida and beyond. The festival will take place January 8-14, 2024, welcoming headlining chefs: MasterChef judge Chef Aarón Sánchez, Chef Jason Smith, Chef Nancy Fuller and Chef Nicole Layog. In addition, the Festival has announced the dates for the must-see, must-eat Signature Events.

“Growing each year with more renowned talent, more indulgent and hands-on experiences, an more must-savor concepts, it’s no wonder that the Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival has become one of the most sought-after epicurean destinations for foodies from around the world. Celebrating our culinary community and fostering growth for our tourism economy, the Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival serves up something exceptional for ‘Everyone Under the Sun.’”

said Stacy Ritter, president & CEO of Visit Lauderdale.

A new year, a bolder lineup, guests can expect more exemplary talent, elevated signature events and access to some of the most talented epicurean visionaries of our time. Celebrity Chefs Showcase star-worthy skills New to the lineup of featured headline chefs, the VLFWF welcomes award-winning chef, TV personality, author and philanthropist Chef Aarón Sánchez to the main stage at The Grand Tasting on January 14, 2024. Known for his role as a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and Food Network shows Chopped and Chopped Junior, to name a few; his revered restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, LA; and as an author of a series of cookbooks and a personal memoir, Chef Sanchez will host an entertaining and dynamic cooking demonstration for all The Grand Tasting guests.

Sharing the stage are celebrity chefs Jason Smith and Nancy Fuller for a North vs. South showdown. Chef Jason Smith – a “Triple Crown” winner in the competitive kitchens of Food Network; winning Holiday Baking Championship (season 3), Holiday Baking Championship: Kids vs Adults(2016), and the ultimate title of Next Food Network Star(season 13) – will serve up a savory dish with a side of southern hospitality, paying homage to his native roots in Kentucky. Representing the North from Upstate New York will be Chef Nancy Fuller, owner of Ginsberg’s Food and current judge of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. These two celebrity culinary masterminds will bring a flair of foodie theatrics to the main stage for a friendly battle of chef skills.

This year the VLFWF demonstration stage will also welcome Chef Nicole Layog – former Big Brother (Season 24) contestant, and seasoned chef taking a hands-on approach to mastering any and every challenge extended to her; from being a street police patrol officer in Broward County, FL, then balancing the culinary life with the reality show hype, to curating intimate dinners that make every
guest savor every thoughtfully cooked bite – Chef Layog will take the stage to turn every foodie fan’s dream into reality

Events Schedule

Bar Fight! A Spirited Competition – presented by the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at Rooftop @1WLO

Standing champion Myles Robinson, a mixology Influencer with @StandishCocktails, is certainly not shakin’ nor stirred by this
year’s stiff competition and is ready to defend his 2023 victory where he’ll go against master mixologists in a head-to-head, no-holds barred matchup that will declare the ‘Official Cocktail of DowntownFTL.’ Tickets to this ultimate shakedown start at $59 per person.

Wok ‘n Roll, Asian street food and music experience
Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at Backyard Fort Lauderdale

Celebrate the flavors of Asia paired with good old-fashioned ‘Rock ‘n Roll’. In partnership with Two Happy Buddha’s,
this cultural experience will highlight Asian cuisine and culinary artistry throughout Broward County. Tickets to this rockin’ good time start at $59 per person.

Poolside BBQ Battle presented by the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority
Friday, January 12, 2024 at 7 p.m. at Hyatt Centric Las Olas

All smoke and no mirrors here, as pitmasters showcase their best BBQ creations in a quest to be crowned 2024 Poolside BBQ Battle Champion. Tickets for this showdown start at $69 per person.

The Grand Tasting
Saturday, January 13, 2024 from noon-4 p.m. at Las Olas Oceanside Park.

This beachside culinary celebration features four hours of unlimited bites and sips, cooking demonstrations, live music and much more. A recipe for entertainment, Chef Sánchez takes to the stage for a masterful chef demonstration, while Chefs Smith and Fuller show up for the show down of a North vs. South cook-off. And rounding out the on-stage sizzle, is Chef Layog also hosting a can’t miss cooking demonstration. Tickets to this four-hour feast range from $149 per person for VIP and $75 per person for General Admission.

Picnic in the Park presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Sunday, January 14, 2024 starting at noon at Las Olas Oceanside Park

Future foodies (aka the kiddos) and parents alike will enjoy a curated lineup of food trucks, hands-on culinary classes for the whole family, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, the JDCH Kid’s Zone and local artisan vendors. Don’t worry Mom and Dad, we’ve got you covered with a variety of wine and spirit seminars throughout the day. Admission is complimentary


Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of all proceeds from the seven-day culinary experience. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. It is a full-service, pediatric hospital that treats minor illnesses, trauma-related
accidents and some of the most complex medical conditions.


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Use Promo Code TASTE when purchasing tickets for discounted pricing on select events.

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