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Where To Stay For The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 12, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

While the rest of the country deals with snow, windchill and other miserable weather conditions Mother Nature throws their way, foodies from all over the world are migrating to Florida for the winter, to South Beach's Wine & Food Festival to soak up the sun and enjoy bites from their favorite Food Network chefs.

The SobeWFF (Thursday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 23.) isn't your usual food festival. The upscale festival isn't on fair grounds, in a hotel pool area or parking lot. The Food Network-sponsored event immerses its attendess in a delicious feast of bacchnalian proportions for four days in and around some of the trendiest Miami hotels. Indeed, the host hotel is the Loews Miami Beach.

Did we mention that its main event, the Grand Tasting, takes place right on South Beach?! As in the sexiest beach in America. As in, you're rubbing elbows with Bobby Flay, Giada, [insert every celebrity chef name here] with your feet in the sand and the Atlantic Ocean right there.

Yeah, it's kind of amazing. And, if you haven't already chosen a hotel, there are still a few places where you and your food coma are welcome. Whether you have the appetite for a value meal or a champagne shower, we've rounded up a list of hotels equipped to cater to all travel tastes.

Affordable Hotels

· Catalina: A 15 minute walk away from the Grand Tasting, the Catalina Hotels is part of the vibrant group of posh hotels on Collins Avenue. Its rates average from $268 per night.

· The Whitelaw Hotel: The TripAdvisor reviews are mixed for this trendy (and very punk pink) boutique hotel, but its value and walking distance (it's half of a mile from the Grand Tasting on 13th Street and Ocean Drive) to all the SobeWFF action are indisputable. With rates starting from $176 for Thursday, Feb. 20 and staying in the lows $200s throughout the rest of the festival weekend.

Hotels Nearby

· Hotel Ocean: From your room Hotel Ocean, you'll be able to smell the food at the Grand Tasting Village, as the hotel is just steps away from the SobeWFF's food tents. Suprisingly, there are still rooms available with rates from $352 per night.

· Marlin Hotel: When you want to be close to the festival, but not on top of the action, the Marlin Hotel is just a block away from the Grand Tasting Village. On its website, rates start at $499 per night.

Hotels Hosting Events

· Delano: The Delano hosts the biggest event on the first night of SobeWFF, the Moët Hennessy's The Q. The first class BBQ held beachside at the Delano begins at sundown and is hosted by the Food Network's King of Carnivores Michael Symon. And if savory dishes, Moet cocktails, and Food Network celebs weren't tempting enough, the even will also feature the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models. Rates aren't cheap for this South Beach hot spot. Be prepared to drop a grand every night for hotel stay.

· Gale: The Gale Hotel on Collins Avenue isn't hosting a star-studded bash, but our sweet tooth is pining for its Dessert Party hosted on the hotel's rooftop. A chill Friday night fete with plenty of gelato and wine is a fabulous way to ease into the weekend's foodie extravaganza. Hotel rates start at $345 on Thursday, jump to $875 on the weekend, and go down to $265 on Sunday and Monday.

[Photos: South Beach Food and Wine Festival/Facebook and HotelChatter]

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