Springtime in Miami Beach: Boating, Culture, Wine & Food

By Deborah Castillo….

Deborah Castillo

As we enter into the month of February, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are in the distant past and spring is right around the corner. This is really one of my favorite times of the year…not just because of the fabulous weather we are having, a constant reminder of why I could never leave this beautiful destination, but also because of all the exciting events happening in our community.

Let’s start off with the opening of the New World Center; what an incredible facility.  I just love the description on their website… “a source and a destination for creativity and inspiration.”  And indeed it is. This magnificent Frank Gehry designed building brings tremendous culture and vibrancy to Miami Beach and is certain to be one of the defining landmarks in our city.  There are so many interesting events to experience, for instance, I’m really looking forward to attending one of their Spring Wallcasts going on through April, which are also free to the public.

Next up is the Miami Beach International Boat Show.  And what industry speaks more to our beautiful city than the boating industry. I love driving down Collins Avenue in the weeks leading up to the Show and seeing the daily progress of the temporary docks being built along Indian Creek.  And when the boats or more like it, the yachts, mega yachts and mini ships arrive, it’s so exciting to see some of the finest vessels in the world, floating in the beautiful waterways of Miami Beach.

There’s no better way to end the month than with the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s Festival is rumored to be the best ever.  It’s pretty hard to imagine outdoing some of the Festivals of past years, but if anyone can do it, Lee Schrager and his team can.  I’ve personally had the pleasure of working with the Festival since the beginning and it’s amazing to see the evolution from the early days to today, where this four day extravaganza has emerged as one of the leading culinary and spirits celebrations in the world.  My favorite events are the Friday Evening Bubble Q, the Saturday evening Tribute Dinner and the Paula Deen Brunch on Sunday.  I also enjoy a yearly tradition to meet friends at the Sunday Grand Tasting Tent where we just love to take in all the sights, sounds and tastes of Miami Beach.

So Spring is in the air and whether you participate in any of the special events taking place this month or just choose to stroll down Lincoln Road Mall or shop in one of our destination’s amazing Farmer’s Market’s, I can’t imagine any place that I would rather be than in than beautiful, vibrant and exciting Miami Beach.

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