INAUGURAL ‘FLAVORS OF FORT LAUDERDALE’ DELIGHTED TASTE BUDS WITH FOUR DAYS OF FESTIVITIES
More than 1,500 Foodies Gathered for First-Ever Flavors
Dine Around, Late-Night Flavors, Flavors After Dark & Flavors Grand Tasting
Nightwire was very excited and honored to have been invited to one of the most highly anticipated inaugural event. Flavors of Fort Lauderdale took South Florida by storm the second week in November this year. Flavors of Fort Lauderdale welcomed more than 1,500 attendees for an array of exciting tastings, parties and delectable dining experiences emphasizing the area’s culinary lifestyle and the importance of sustainable seafood.
The week kicked off with a Mayoral Proclamation from Mayor John P. ‘Jack’ Seiler. During a City Commission meeting on Thursday, November 6, Mayor Seiler honored ‘Ambassador of Flavor’ Chef Allen Susser and proclaimed the day ‘Flavors of Fort Lauderdale Day.’ That evening, the Flavors Dine Around took place at select restaurants throughout Fort Lauderdale, allowing attendees the opportunity to enjoy unique tasting and pairing menus created especially for Flavors week. Thursday culminated with Late-Night Flavors, an over-the-top celebration presented by the International Special Events Society (ISES), South Florida/Caribbean Chapter, and hosted by Y100 personality Chris Cruz.
The VIP Flavors Launch Party took place Friday night at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Several hundred area A-listers came together for an incredible evening celebrating the arrival of Flavors weekend, with poolside food stations ranging from sushi to paella and delectable desserts.
Flavors After Dark, Featuring the Five Fabulous Female Chefs took place Saturday at the Las Olas Marina, offering a sneak peek of Sunday’s Flavors Grand Tasting. The evening program highlighted the culinary talents of a five Fort Lauderdale-based female chefs, with each conducting a live demonstration and offering tasty samples.
Flavors came to a close with Sunday’s Flavors Grand Tasting, which took place at the Las Olas Marina and featured nearly 100 restaurants, specialty food purveyors and activities. Highlighting the finest offerings from local restaurants and chefs, as well as world-class wines and spirits, were a variety of themed pavilions. Attendees also enjoyed interactive lifestyle experiences from participating partners like Bocce Nation.
The 2012 Flavors of Fort Lauderdale was presented by numerous local, regional and national businesses and organizations, including Supporting Partner the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District. Other partners included the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association; Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Hugh’s Culinary; International Special Events Society – South Florida & Caribbean Chapter; Southern Wine & Spirits; JM Lexus, General Cigar, TravelHost and many more.
A portion of the proceeds from the inaugural Flavors of Fort Lauderdale will benefit Feeding South Florida. Dates for the 2013 Flavors are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Watch the Nightwire Travel section for more information. The Flavors of Fort Lauderdale is one event you will definitely do not want to miss next year. So when planning travel for 2013 make sure you include the Flavors of Fort Lauderdale in your future travel plans! Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer and The Flavors of Fort Lauderdale promises to be more amazing next year, we highly recommend planning to attend in 2013. Flavors of Fort Lauderdale (www.FlavorsofFortLauderdale.com)