It’s that time of the year again: The sixth edition of the Coral Gables Food, Wine and Spirits Festival is bringing together the community and top industry people for a fun-filled week of events, culminating with the namesake fest on November 14 and 15. Attendance is expected to be in the thousands, all the more reason to pick up your tickets sooner rather than later.
The festivities kick off with Naked Sushi at Red Koi on November 11. Guests can expect a lively night with unlimited sake and sushi from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the restaurant’s private room. The sushi won’t be served on a typical platter, though. Instead, attendees will be enjoying bites off of a naked model — hence the event name. Tickets to the event can be purchased on Eventbrite on an individual basis or as a combo ticket that includes access to the weekend festival.
Speaking of the weekend festival, clear your schedule for the two days. There’s so much to see, do, drink and eat that you won’t probably won’t have time for anything else. There’s four aspects of the event that you need to be aware of: the pavilions, the Culinary Square, the live entertainment and the VIP area.
The five pavilions at the Coral Gables Food, Wine and Spirits Festival will feature an assortment of libations, including rum, tequila, beer and wine. As a ticketholder — GA or VIP — you’ll enjoy plenty of samples from the vendors. In other words, come thirsty. Within those pavilions, you’ll also have access to different seminars and demos from your favorite brands.
With all that alcohol, you’re going to need some food. At the Culinary Square, there’s no shortage of delicious fare to savor. In addition to Catering by Les, some of Coral Gables’ top restaurants will be serving up their tasty cuisines. Expect 10 stations in all within the Culinary Square. And each station will feature two to three different types of food — it’s foodie paradise.
Unlike beverages, food is not included with GA tickets; VIP tickets can enjoy complimentary bites, but only within the VIP area. Otherwise, all food is available for purchase in bundles of 4 plates ($20), 8 plates ($40) or 12 plates ($60). While at the Culinary Square, you can also pick up non-food items like knives and other kitchen items.
No festival is complete without live music, and the Coral Gables Food, Wine and Spirits has booked some great entertainment to complement all the wining and dining — you’ll be jamming with thousands of your closest friends.
Festivalgoers who opt for VIP tickets will gain access to an exclusive area away from the larger crowds. It’s an all-inclusive affair here in the VIP area: all you can drink and eat. Since only 250 VIP tickets are being sold for each day of the festival, you’ll want to snag them fast.
Don’t miss out on one of the year’s premier food, wine and spirits events. Click here to purchase your tickets today and enjoy an unforgettable weekend.
Coral Gables Food, Wine and Spirits Festival takes place on November 14 and 15 between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Lejeune Road on Giralda Avenue. Saturday’s hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday’s hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door, but advance purchase is highly recommended.