Miami Beach, Florida (December 2011) – The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is pleased to announce that Goya Foods has joined the Festival’s impressive record of sponsors for the 2012 Festival. The 11th annual edition of America’s favorite wine and culinary extravaganza will take place February 23 – 26, and benefits the Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.
"Goya Foods is a great addition to the Festival,” says Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as vice president of corporate communications & national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, which hosts the Festival. “The support of quality brands like Goya allow us to continue producing the Festival each year and give our consumers an excellent wine and culinary experience."
Consumers will get to taste Goya products throughout the Festival weekend. Goya will be a part of the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26. The Festival’s signature American Express Grand Tasting Tents will be overflowing with samplings from South Florida’s greatest restaurants and endless wine and spirits offerings from the world’s finest producers represented in the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio. Everyone’s favorite chefs and culinary rock stars will take to the KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration stages for the ultimate in foodie fun!
In addition, Goya will take to the high seas aboard The Biscayne Lady for Salsa at Sea hosted by Douglas Rodriguez & Aarón Sanchez on Sunday, February 26. Special guest chefs Timon Balloo (sugarcane, Miami, FL) and Pichet Ong (La Esquina, New York, NY) will join in to offer the best in Latin fare for a truly inspired brunch cruise.
Goya will also be a part of the Festival’s family-friendly programming, taking place on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, at Jungle Island. Florida Blue presents Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen returns with healthy food tastings, physical fitness activities, interactive food labs and star-studded healthy cooking demonstrations.
“Goya products have been a part of Hispanic homes for generations, and today, the most demanding chefs recognize the versatility of our food line, including Goya’s world-class extra virgin olive oil, chicken bouillon, tomato sauce and beans,” said Frank Unanue, president of Goya Foods of Florida. “We are proud and honored to be the Official Latin/Hispanic Food Provider for this edition of the Festival, and look forward to showcasing the authenticity that our products add to any type of cuisine.”
Tickets for these events and more are available at www.sobefest.com and via phone at 877.762.3933. Fans can follow Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager or at the Festival’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SOBEWFF.
About the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers.
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, is produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit www.fiu.edu, for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management visit www.hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Wine & Spirits visit www.southernwine.com.