4 Perfect Outfits For South Beach's 4 Coolest Foodie Events

Yeah, we're pretty amped about the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, too. Between Food Network celeb-chef stalking and gorging on glorious mini bites from the best restaurants across the country, we've raised out sweet expectations so high, we're entirely oblivious to things like calorie counts. But it's hard to formulate a wardrobe plan of attack if you've never been to the festival (or even if you have)—there are so many activities, and so much…sand! Problem solved: We're telling you when you need to dress to impress, and when it's time to wear something more user-friendly for the tents. Whether it's Rachael Ray's "Burger Bash," beachfront, or the "Best of the Best" at the Fontainebleau, we've rounded up the four best events of SBWFF, and four Perfect Outfits for each!
Get ready for a culinary smorgasbord and look chic while you're feasting—here are four perfect looks for Miami's hottest food fest.
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The Grand Tasting Village is by far the largest event of the festival, with a compound of several tents on the beach. Picture the world’s largest sand picnic. Located literally right next to the ocean waves, when you've finished eating and drinking your way through hundreds of food and booze options, cool off with a dip in crystal clear waters. Bring a post-swimming towel along in your bag, and enjoy napping away the afternoon wine buzz on South Beach sands. The outfit needs to transition from gastronome to beach bunny, so we suggest brightly colored short-shorts, sand-friendly flats...and don’t forget your bikini.

What: Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village

When: Saturday Feb 25; 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..

3.1 Phillip Lim Bandeau Bikini Set, $250, available at LaGarconne; J.Crew 3" chino short in lemon zest, $45, available at J.Crew; Ray Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses in Gold, $139, available at Tobi; Aldo Lemmert Gladiator Sandal in Light Yellow, $60, available at Aldo; Dannijo Wynn bracelet, $445, available at Dannijo.

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Wine Spectator’s “Best of the Best” at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach pairs wines rated 90+ by the magazine alongside signature dishes from heralded chefs such as David Burke (David Burke Townhouse, NYC), Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune, NYC), and Charles Phan (The Slanted Door, San Francisco), as well as locals like Paula DaSilva (1500 ̊ at Eden Roc) and Joel Huff (Azul). The winemakers will be on hand to answer all vino-related questions, and the restaurants will be breaking out the big food guns for this cocktail party styled-event. There’s actually a solid floor to stand on at “Best of the Best,” which is why you will be in skyscraping heels and a hot mamacita dress. Finally!

What: Fontainebleau Miami Beach Presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America

When: Friday, Feb 24; 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m..

Haute Hippie Snakeprint Halter Ruffle Dress, $495, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Zara Ankle Strap Sandal, $69.90, available at Zara; Yves Saint Laurent Arty gold-plated glass stone ring in plum, $250, available at Net-A-Porter; Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow, $23, available at ULTA.

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From Bobby Flay's Burger Palace to last year’s winner, Michael Symon’s Bspot Burgers, the event promises to be even bigger and better than last year, and in order to celeb-spot properly over the crowded sea of people’s heads, you’ll need some extra height. We recommend leaving the spiked heels at home and going for sturdy wedges, since Burger Bash takes place directly on the beach in a giant tent outside The Ritz-Carlton. You’ll want to wear a cute but comfy, loose and lightweight shirt to cover the slight burger belly undoubtedly accumulated by the evening’s end.

What: Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Allen Brothers Steaks and Diet Pepsi, hosted by Rachael Ray

When: Friday, Feb 24; 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m..

Current/Elliott The Skinny Jean, $208, available at American Rag; Anthropologie Lace Medallions Tank, $88, available at Anthropologie; Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Lita Low Wedge Sandal in Aztec, $250, available at Shopbop.

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The New York Times Dinner Series Tribute Dinner honors Chef Charlie Trotter and winemaker Piero Antinori this year, and it’s the event to brag about if you happen to be attending (we know you are). Trotter’s namesake restaurant in Chicago has been earning culinary acclaim for 25 years, and Antinori’s family has been working their vineyards in Tuscany and Umbria for 26 generations. This is an elegant affair with top level names at the tables who will be draped in designer labels, so this is the moment for a fashion splurge. Go for an always party appropriate little black dress—with statement lips and a classic two-tone shoulder bag you’ll be the belle of the ball.

What: Tribute Dinner honoring Charlie Trotter & Piero Antinori presented by Bank of America; Part of The New York Times Dinner Series

When: Saturday, Feb 25; 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m..

Proenza Schouler Mesh Top Dress, $1,000, available at The Webster; Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #8 in Matte Bright Red, $19, available at Sephora; Alexis Bittar Pavé Swarovski Crystal Accented Hoop Earring, $195, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Ivanka Trump Kyra Black multi suede, $144.99, available at Heels.com; Vince Camuto Louise Clutch, $148, available at Vince Camuto.

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