Hats Off to the 21st Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Once again, the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival wowed locals and visitors with one of many reasons why people from all over the world flock to beautiful Fort Lauderdale. The LOWFF deserves a standing ovation for this year’s festival, which proves why they have been able to celebrate their 21st year. At first, the five-block festival of wine and menu tasting can be overwhelming, but the event staff and vibe of the festival-goers soothed any uneasy feelings with welcome arms, and a family-like atmosphere. Upon entry, everyone is given a commemorative glass that hangs from your neck to help in aiding your hands to be free to dig into yummy food samples from amazing restaurants throughout South Florida.

As if the food and wine was not enough to get everyone excited, DJ Irie the official DJ for the Miami Heat, made sure to spin the latest hits and host several culinary challenges on the center stage for all to see. Even one of our Big Mouth Girlz correspondent’s, was chosen from the crowd as a guest judge for one of the competitions and came back raving of how tasty the dishes were from all of the restaurants involved.

The LOWFF serves as one of the most prestigious festivals to take place in Fort Lauderdale as proceeds from this event go towards the American Lung Association to help in funding the research and educational programming to fight against the third largest leading cause of death in the United States.

If you missed this year’s event, take a look at who the “Best Of” winners were, and we would highly recommend you get tickets very early to next year’s event. Just like this year, tickets to the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival 2017 will most likely be sold out early!

“The Best of” the 21st Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival (LOWFF)

Best Overall Festival Bite:
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel ~ 48 hour sous vide porchetta Diver scallop, pickled tomatoes, Gruyere, and leak polenta. Created by Chef Evan Broomer

Honorable Mention: 15th Street Fisheries, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, and Timpano Italian Chophouse

Most Unique Festival Bite:
Sweet: Crave Rum Cakes ~ Purple Rum, a tribute to Prince created by Bobby Brown

Most Unique Festival Bite:
Savory: Indigo at the Riverside Hotel‘s Mini McLovins ~ In House made English muffins, scallion omelet, crispy bacon, and American cheese. Created by Chef Alia Asher

Best Festival Sweet Treat:
4X winner, CraveRum Cakes with 21 varieties of Rum Cake including the LOWFF cake made with mango, coconut, and pineapple

Honorable Mention: Kilwins Las Olas and BAO Bar & Asian Kitchen

Best Festival Experience:
The Woodford Reserve Experience hosted by Stache, 1920’s Drinking Den

Best Festival Presentation:
Chimney House

Honorable Mention: Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

LOWFF Most Spirited Team:
The Ritz Carlton’s Burlock Coast

Honorable Mention: Chef Troy and his team at Grille 401 Las Olas

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