Foodies, wine enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs, rejoice! The second annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival returns reimagined on March 15-21 with exclusive dining experiences and cocktail pairings. Experience the elevated culinary scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale as you dine with local celebrity chefs while taking in the salty air and spectacular ocean views or inside intimate venues. The Insta-worthy backdrops are a bonus.

Whether you’re looking for vegan, Italian, fusion or cocktail-driven menus, you’ll satisfy your palate at this weeklong festival. This is the perfect excuse to book a visit to Greater Fort Lauderdale or to make it a staycation and indulge in some rest and relaxation as you get your foodie fix.

Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale Beach

March 15 at 7 p.m. – My Heritage by Chef Rino Cerbone – Heritage

Opening night of the 2021 Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival kicks off at Heritage, MASS District's first fine-dining restaurant. The five-course pairing dinner will take you on a journey of Rino Cerbone's life through his experiences as a fine dining chef and a touring rock star. Proceeds from this unique dining experience benefit Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Tickets are $135. Heritage is located at 903 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

March 16 at 7 p.m. – Hip Hop Beats & Wagyu Beef – Sardelli Italian Steakhouse

Indulge in delicious food and exquisite wine while enjoying great tunes at Sardelli Italian Steakhouse. Chef-Owner Fulvio Sardelli, Jr. hosts this exclusive event in the fourth floor private dining room amongst an eclectic mix of fun hip-hop from the 1990s and 2000s. This five-course tasting experience will include Italian favorites and Wagyu Beef prepared two ways with each course meticulously paired with Wandering Wines. Known for their private dining experiences and serving the who’s who of the entertainment world, you will not want to miss this! Tickets are $199. Sardelli Italian Steakhouse is located at 331 Van Buren Street, Hollywood, FL 33019.

March 17 at 7 p.m. – Cocktail Confidential – Sistrunk Marketplace

Experience Cocktail Confidential, Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival’s craft cocktail event, at Fort Lauderdale’s hottest new venue, Sistrunk Marketplace. This ‘Spirited Affair’ will feature three signature cocktails by Shady Distillery's Shady Vodka, 12 Mile Rum and Somrus Cream Liqueurs inspired by the FAT Village Arts District, where Sistrunk Marketplace is located. This VIP event is guaranteed to take you on a craft cocktail journey to be remembered. Tickets are $49. Sistrunk Marketplace is located at 115 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

March 18 at 7 p.m. – Shady Distillery Dinner – Sistrunk Marketplace

Enjoy a guided pairing dinner featuring four food courses each paired with a Shady Cocktail. Located inside Sistrunk Marketplace, this curated pairing dinner will tempt your taste buds and provide a special experience for the evening. Proceeds from this unique dining experience benefit Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Tickets are $99.

March 19 at 7 p.m. – Veg Out with Chef Paula DaSilva and Chef Josie Smith-Malave – Atlantic Hotel & Spa 

Join Chef Paula DaSilva, former "Hell's Kitchen" runner-up and current executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, and Chef Josie Smith-Malave, former "Top Chef" contestant and current owner-chef of Bubbles + Pearls, for the ultimate vegan dinner. Take in beautiful views of Fort Lauderdale beach from the fifth floor pool deck of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Tickets are $125. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is located at 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

March 21 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Catch the Love Toy Drive – Cali Coffee

Catch the love by donating a new and unwrapped toy for the children at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at Cali Coffee, Broward County’s most inspiring coffee shop. Cali Coffee is located at 2650 N 29th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33020.

And don’t forget to share all your foodie photos on social media by tagging @VisitLauderdale and @gflfoodwine.