Chocolate lover's dream back at Pinecrest Gardens
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A dynamic program for both amateurs and the seasoned palate, the Fine Food Show is conceived as an accessible and affordable celebration with a choice of ticketed admission to the tasting marketplace for as low as $20, and an all-inclusive package at $95 boasting bottomless beverages, unlimited food tastings and festival perks.
Launching the inaugural Fine Food Show in Chicago in 2012, founder and president Mario Pi created a Miami edition in response to consumer demand for a specialty chocolate and craft beverage concept. “We are excited to be partnering with such high-quality, innovative groups in offering a program that’s uniquely accessible in its price point,” said Pi. “We’ve thus far received overwhelming support from the chef community and the public at large, whose record attendance in 2013 prompted us to add a whole new component -‘The Miami Smoke Affair’ - for cigar lovers.”
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Pi has also selected some of the top names in the chocolate industry, focusing on quality purveyors that offer some of the best single-source and original blends. With Bark of Joy as the official category sponsor, chocolatiers from all parts of the country will be putting their best food forward, including Wicked Jacks and their famed chocolate rum cake; Romanico Chocolatier; and Miami’s own Illegal Bakery, known for their chocolate macaroons.
A highlight of the cooking demonstration and seminar series, James Beard award-winning Chef Allen Susser, a South Florida “Mango Gang” original, will present a rare single-source chocolate tasting from Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Estate in St. Lucia. ‘Chef Allen Susser: A Bean-to-Bar Chocolatier’.
The main tasting gardens will showcase cigar vendors, and in an enhanced experience tailored to connoisseurs, “The Miami Smoke Affair” sponsored by Cigar Cellar & Lounge will make its grand debut at the Fine Food Show as a pop-up event. With access granted at a separate fee of $95, this cigar tent will present more than 15 brands, and ticket-holders can enjoy the unlimited open bar, a cigar swag bag and complimentary valet. Featured participants include Gurkha, My Father, Room 101, Camacho, Rocky Patel, Drew Estate, Nat Sherman and La Hoja de Flores, to name a few.
The restaurant area of the Fine Food Show, Restaurant Row, will further comprise a global variety of eateries.
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