When the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival hits Fort Lauderdale on April 21 for its 22nd year, it will continue to provide dishes from 70 South Florida restaurants and more than 45 wineries and breweries. The festival’s kickoff event January 31 at Breakthru Beverage, with stations from JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Woodford Reserve, William Hill Winery and New Amsterdam Vodka, was a great preview of what to expect this year.
JWB, located at the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood, provided some delicious fish appetizers including their paradise ceviche, which was a light and refreshing blend of tuna, cilantro, lime, corn and aji limo. The sea cowboy roll with filet mignon was an interesting and delicious take on traditional sushi.
Woodford Reserve gave a bourbon tasting that was certainly the hit of the evening. The demonstrator handed each guest a plate with a shot of bourbon, along with Parmesan cheese, sorghum syrup, dried cranberries, raisins, a hazelnut, dark chocolate and an orange slice. With each bite and sip we got to see how the spirit tasted with both sweet and savory foods. Ultimately the Parmesan left the best bourbon flavor.
New Amsterdam provided a Moscow mule station, offering pineapple, classic mint and orange versions with their respective specialty vodkas. The pineapple vodka didn’t make the drink too sweet, and along with a lemon slice, it offered a tropical twist on a classic cocktail.
If the kickoff event was any indication of what’s to come at the festival, we’re all ears (and tastebuds).
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Olivia Feldman is a contributor for The South Florida Sage. Her favorite foods are anything that involves pasta and her mom’s cooking. When she’s not eating and drinking her way through South Florida, you can find her going to concerts, planning her next travel destination, and hosting her biweekly music show, “Back in Our Minds,” on Jolt Radio. You also can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @oliviafelds All images appearing in this post photographed by Olivia.