Got plans for Valentine’s? If you’re single and have no plans of dating, you’re probably thinking of spending the Love Day alone. Here’s good news for you! February is going to be really fun, especially if you are into wine. There are three huge wine festivals happening in Florida next month, and these are only a few of the events lined up in 2016! Take note of these gatherings and you’re sure to have an awesome time!
Florida’s Top 3 Wine Festivals this February 2016
When most people think of February, they think of love and romance. But if you’re single, you might find yourself unable to relate to them. If you’re neither in a relationship nor planning to be in one soon, you might perceive February as simply another month in your year. That will change if you find out about the festivities happening next month. The Love Month is now more exciting, especially if you love wine, because there are three grand wine tasting events happening in Florida in this season.
Wine enthusiasts, regardless if you’re single or taken, can look forward to having a great time in February 2016. Florida is home to a vast number of wineries and vineyards, and three huge wine festivals are happening in the state next month.
Mark your calendars and join the fun on these dates:
1. February 6th through 7th: The Clearwater Beach Uncorked
This pre-Valentine gastronomic event is labelled as the grandest beachfront wine festival on the west coast of Florida. What better way to enjoy fine-tasting wines than on a beautiful shore with the breeze brushing through your face? You can have the time your life sitting on the milky white sands of Clearwater Beach while sipping on a glass of your favorite wine.
Besides the many types of wine to choose from, you can also gorge on a wide assortment of delicious dishes that will surely enliven your taste buds! Clearwater Beach Uncorked is a yearly gathering that features the most renowned culinary experts in Florida. They will be serving guests with a vast array of mouth-watering delicacies, including oysters, cheeses, and aperitifs.
If you want to spend the weekend at the location, you can check in at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. The hotel offers special discounted rates for all guests of the wine festival.
You should also consider purchasing VIP passes if you want to enjoy extra privacy during the festivity. All VIP guests will be given an exclusive tent where they can drink a collection of premium wines and champagnes. Holders of these special tickets will also be provided with complete access to the Grand Tasting Tent.
2. February 14: The Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine and Food Festival
Move from a beach celebration to a party in the park! On Valentine’s Day, go to Jaco Pastorius Park at 4000 N. Dixie Highway and join the Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine and Food Festival. This is an annual event where various musicians and DJs play live music in the park while guests sumptuously enjoy flavorful food and delicious wines.
The extravagant festival will begin at 3:00 in the afternoon and end at 11:00 in the evening. Those who want to get inside the park early should purchase VIP passes. Holders of these special tickets will be granted access to the venue an hour before the festivity officially starts.
The celebration welcomes people from all age groups. This means that children can join the festivity. The organizers have set specific rules for minors attending the event. Minors will be required to wear a special band during registration. This is so that wine vendors can easily identify them and avoid selling alcohol to them. All minors are also mandated to always be with a friend or family member who is above 21 years old.
3. February 24th – 28th: South Beach Wine and Food Festival
The love bug is usually gone by the time Valentine’s Day is over. But this does not mean the partying has to stop as well. There is still one more festive gathering happening after February 14, and that is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on the 24th through the 28th. Treat yourself to one final hurrah and go to this grandiose festival, which will be held in multiple locations in Miami Beach, Florida.
This festival is one of the most celebrated wine tasting events in the country. This gastronomic occasion is a star-studded gathering that features the brightest stars in the culinary and wine business. World-renowned talents from different countries will be serving exquisite gourmet dishes and select wines. Join this festivity and get a chance to meet the superstars in the food and wine industry!
This wine tasting celebration is hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU). The income earned from this gathering is given to FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center. Now on its 15th year, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival has already raised over 22 million USD for its beneficiaries.