MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. –– Presented by the City of Miami Gardens and powered by The Hungry Black Man, the 3rd Annual Miami Gardens Food and Wine Festival (MGFWF) is set to take place Labor Day Weekend, August 29th – September 1st, 2019. As one of the largest minority culinary gatherings, the star-studded four-day festival celebrates the culinary heritage of Miami Gardens and showcases the talents of South Florida’s most renowned chefs, wine and spirit producers, culinary personalities, and lifestyle experts. The Miami Gardens Food and Wine Festival launched three years ago as a one-night event and has now expanded to a multi-day festival for Residents and visitors to experience the diverse flavors and tasty cuisines available in Miami Gardens. The City joined forces with the Hungry Black Man, led by Starex Smith, whose unabashed passion for spotlighting high quality Black restaurants promises attendees a unique and tantalizing experience during the festival.
“Our culture is intrinsically linked to the foods we enjoy. Miami Gardens is a community of unique diversity offering a collection of artistic cuisine including Soul Food, Caribbean, African, and traditional Dominican dishes and more. The Miami Gardens Food and Wine Festival is an opportunity to spotlight this aspect of our community and showcase our talents and culinary styles,” commented Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “It’s a celebration of the cultural melting pot in Miami Gardens.”
The event kicks off on Thursday, August 29 at the award-winning Yarumba Restaurant and Bar (4740 NW 167th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33014.) Hosted by Hot 105’s Jill Tracey, Chef Danny Dominguez, executive chef and owner of Yarumba, will be joined by world-renowned vegan Chef Jenn Ross of DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery—voted Best Vegan Restaurant in Orlando, and Chef Yasin Nana Kofi, personal chef of A-list celebrities.
The following night, Friday, August 30, patrons will gather at Miami Garden’s newest restaurant, the spacious and beautiful Lorna’s Caribbean & American Grille (19752 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.) This event will pay homage to over 120 years of Black mixology and spirit producing initiated in 1898 with the Black Mixologists Club. Guests will experience an evening of dynamic culinary excellence by DJ Khaled’s favorite chef, Chef D, famed local mixologists and special celebrity guest and foodie Angela Yee, host on “The Breakfast Club.” Serving as host is famed White House Chef Andre Rush, who will speak on his experience as one of President Obama’s most memorable chefs. The evening will include live music and special spinning by a celebrity DJ!
On Saturday, August 31, patrons will celebrate Miami Gardens’ finest culinarians with celebrity chef Carla Hall. This event takes place at Reign Restaurant and Cocktail Bar (9940 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL