Every February on the sands of Miami Beach, things start to smell and taste just a little fancier. There’s a signature event that comes roaring into town that the entire city gears up. It’s the Food Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival and every year it seems to blow the expectations off the previous. This year I was invited by my friends at General Motors and Buick who took part in the lavish festivities. Buick charmed guests with tasty macaroons, quick spitfire challenges, hosted the event’s signature welcome bag, and gave guests a glimpse of one of most anticipated cars to come out of this January’s auto show in Detroit; The 2016 Buick Cascada.
After seeing the many reviews and write-ups on The new 2016 Cascada, I was itching for a chance to get a peek for myself. At first glance, the Cascada definitely looks like a car that would fit right into the Miami lifestyle, as it’s the first convertible for Buick brand. There’s been chatter in the industry about how Buick has been turning the notch up in the style category, and the Cascada proves them right! Clean lines, European flair, with a zip and zoom feel, its no surprise that preorders have already begun. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen so much anticipation for a car that won’t even be available for purchase for many months. And yes we’re talking about a Buick! The motor Company even plans to give one away to one lucky winner by the end of the year. Finger crossed that her first and last name is Vanessa James.
After indulging in the car, I did my usual tour of the famous ‘Grand Tasting Tents’ that took on a life of their own this year. Bombarded by a barrage of wines from all around the world, along with a healthy dose of pastas from all walks of Italy, I definitely got my fill of wine and food. The festival took well given advice from die-hard patrons from previous years who expressed wanting more variety, more chefs, more food, and more wine, which is exactly what this years guests received.
The only thing that was truly a miss for me this year was the Cruzan rum pop up with the famous Trinidadian steel pan player. He always brought down the house, literally shutting down the party ever year. Instead, Hard Rock Live took over the space and cranked up the EDM! Good fun on a Sunday, but I’d like to request for the return of the island music and Cruzan bar. They were a hit!
This is a food and wine festival that rarely disappoints and this year was no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with my number one wine fan, mom! Thanks again to General Motors and Buick for the invitation. Good fun on a February Sunday, soaking in the sun, the chefs, the wine and Miami. Til next year!
Written by Vanessa James (All opinions are my own).