Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 61

Taste buds sizzle in GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE Known for its beautiful beaches, waterways, and yearround average temperatures of 77 degrees, Greater Fort Lauderdale has always been a vacation favorite for couples, families and anyone looking for a relaxed ocean-side getaway. But what many of those trying to escape the winter blues may not know is — the vibrant culinary scene is becoming an even hotter reason to visit this sun-kissed destination. And the proof is in the vanilla bean pudding. Last year, Greater Fort Lauderdale hosted its first “Taste Fort Lauderdale Series,” part of the world-famous Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which featured seven sold-out local events. Because of its overwhelming popularity, organizers have announced seven new events for the February 2017 festival, featuring celebrity hosts Neil Patrick Harris, Valerie Bertinelli, and restaurateur, Iron Chef and Cooks vs. Cons host Geoffrey Zakarian—plus more than a dozen other top chefs, celebrity authors and foodies. Tickets are available at SoBeFest.com FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 59