Many people are making plans for Valentine’s, but if you’re single, your Love Month may not be as exciting as others. If you’re single, you don’t have to worry about getting through next month, especially if you like wine. Florida is the place to be this 2016! The state will have various wine festivals happening this year, and three of the largest ones will be held in February! Get your pen and paper, and take note of these exciting events!
Florida’s Three Best Wine Festivals in February 2016
When people hear of February, they think of Valentine’s Day. This is why there are some who feel more emotional and romantic when this season comes around. But some of us, especially those who are single and have no plans of dating, perceive February as simply another month in a year. Nothing exciting. But that perception might change when you find out about the huge parties that are being thrown in Florida next month. If you enjoy drinking wine, the Love Month could be a thrilling time to engage in your love for wine and champagnes.
Those who are enthusiastic about wine know that Florida is one of the best places to go. The state has over 30 vineyards and wineries, and holds various wine tasting events yearly. Next month, three of the grandest wine festivals are scheduled to happen.
Take note of the following dates, so that you can join the parties:
1. Feb. 6th-7th: THE CLEARWATER BEACH UNCORKED
This event is the best way to celebrate a week before Valentine’s Day. The festival is known to be the trendiest beachfront wine festival on Florida’s west coast. What better way to indulge in your love for wine than on the seashore? You can take of your footwear and wiggle your toes in the sugary white sand, while you drink a glass of your favorite wine.
Besides the many wine selections that you can choose from, there will also be a wide array of delicious food for you to indulge in. Clearwater Beach Uncorked is held annually, and it features Florida’s most popular culinary experts serving guests a variety of delicacies, such as fresh oysters, select cheeses, and flavorful antipastos.
If you’re considering spending the weekend at the festival’s location, you should book your accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. The hotel offers discounted rates to all attendees of the festival.
You should also consider buying VIP passes. Those with these tickets will be given their own exclusive tent where they can indulge in a collection of premium wines and champagnes. Guests with VIP tickets will also be granted complete access to the Grand Tasting tent.
2. Feb. 14: THE OAKLAND PARK VALENTINE’S WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Besides the beach, the park is another great place to enjoy wine. On Valentine’s Day, a wine tasting event will be held in Jaco Pastorius Park, which is located at 4000 N. Dixie Highway. The Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine and Food Festival is an annual gastronomic gathering where musicians and DJs play live music in the venue, while guests pamper themselves with scrumptious food and tasty wines.
The event officially opens at 3:00 PM and will end at 11:00 PM. If you want to get inside the park earlier, you should purchases VIP passes. Holders of these tickets will be granted access to the venue an hour early.
The Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine and Food Festival is open to all age groups. But the organizers have set rules to prevent the vendors from selling alcohol to minors. All attendees who are below 21 years old must always be accompanied by an adult. Minors are identified by the special bands that they are made to wear during registration.
3. Feb. 24th-28th: South Beach Wine and Food Festival
For most people, the Valentine’s fever is gone as soon as February 14th is over. But the celebration does not necessarily have to end for you. After the Love Day, you can still enjoy one final festive spree by attending the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which will happen on the 24th of February through the 28th. The event will be held in multiple places in Miami Beach, Florida.
A lot of people look forward to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, because it is a star-studded occasion. The gathering features the most popular names in the culinary and wine industry. Talents from around the world will be serving delicious gourmet dishes and fine wines. Attend this event and you’ll get a once in a lifetime chance to meet the superstars in the food and wine business!
This spectacular gathering is hosted by Florida International University (FIU) and Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida. The proceeds from this event are donated to the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center and FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In its 15 years of existence, this festival has already raised over 22 million USD for its beneficiaries.