In its 22nd year, the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival brought in more than 70 restaurants and 45 wineries to sample their bites and beverages. The South Florida Sage got to experience this Fort Lauderdale staple once again on April 21.
Here are some highlights from the event:
Bo’s Beach House, which will open later this month, offered PEI mussels in a red Thai curry sauce.
Burlock Coast at the Ritz Carlton did not disappoint with their swordfish, which came topped with tomatoes, confit potatoes and capers, all over an asparagus pistu that was surprisingly delicious.
Woodford Reserve provided an intimate lounge space in the heart of bustling Las Olas, and they made a mean bourbon drink, too. Their Classic Old Fashioned had Woodford Reserve, cane syrup and angostura bitters.
The Pelican Grand had soy honey lime braised pork belly with ranch verde:
Looking for a twist on the average brunch? Roho Kitchen in Davie, which provides catering, cooking classes and team building, offers sweet potato waffles with pork belly.
Yum: the crab cake sandwich from 15th St. Fisheries:
Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken offered up their 3 Grain Bowl, with tomato braised farro, barley and bulgar wheat with spinach, feta and chopped grilled chicken. This was definitely a favorite of the evening.
Although quite a few vendors ran out of food about an hour before the festival ended, one eatery stood strong: Morelia Gourmet Paletas still had a lengthy line when most attendees had cleared out.The cookies and cream dipped in white and dark chocolate cleansed our palate and provided a perfect end to another successful wine and food festival.
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 Megan Huard of foodinfocus.photography
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary admittance to Las Olas Wine & Food Fest.