Second Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival Cements its Place as a Signature Brickell Event

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The Second Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival, held on March 24-25 at 1201 Brickell Bay Drive, brought together an array of cuisine, wine and spirits, entertainment, activities and more importantly, an entire community. The two-day festival, a portion of which benefited the Kristi House, was attended by over 20,000 people securing its place as a signature Brickell event. Download photos here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyVEYc9

“For the second year in a row this event shone a spotlight on the Brickell area," says Cynthia Bettner, festival producer and director. “The electricity in Brickell is really something amazing."

The Second Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival, held on March 24-25 at 1201 Brickell Bay Drive, brought together an array of cuisine, wine and spirits, entertainment, activities and more importantly, an entire community. The two-day festival, a portion of which benefited the Kristi House, was attended by over 20,000 people securing its place as a signature Brickell event.

“For the second year in a row this event shone a spotlight on the Brickell area. Even with Ultra Music Festival and the Sony Ericsson Open being held on the same weekend, the Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival had an outstanding attendance rate,” says Cynthia Bettner, festival producer and director. “We had many more restaurants participate this year than in our inaugural year and we also expanded the festival from one day to two days.”

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival featured over 50 local restaurants including Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Tabu Bistro, Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons, SCALINA Ristorante, El Gran Inka, Altamare, Taverna Opa, Whole Foods, Lucky Clover Irish Pub, Doraku Sushi, Oceanaire Seafood Room. From fabulous food to tasty beverages, the event also included specialized areas for those with a taste for more. From the International One World VIP Tent sponsored by Macy’s and Whole Foods to the wine tasting and beer crafters tent sponsored by Dolores Lolita and Gordon Biersch, the multicultural vendors offered unlimited samplings.

Guests were also treated to an array of free activities on and off the festival premises including live entertainment by local and renown acts such as Dennis Fernandez and Pocket Change. An area of the event known as the “kids zone” had a carnival-like atmosphere with rides and activities for kids, including giveaways from the Miami Marlins. There were even areas dedicated to furry friends including flamingos, parrots and monkeys courtesy of Creature Features Exotic Pets and Wildlife. The more distinguished festivalgoers were provided with wine tastings, educational classes, and tours in the historic Dr. Jackson’s Medical Office building across the street from the event courtesy of Dade Heritage Trust.

“The electricity in Brickell is really something amazing. I am looking forward to planning next year’s event, which has already been scheduled for March 23 and March 24,” added Bettner.

Photos from this year's event can be downloaded from http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyVEYc9. For more information please visit http://www.tasteofbrickell.com.

About the Miami Taste of Brickell

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival presented by The Continental Group was held on March 24 and 25, 2012 in the heart of Brickell at 1201 Brickell Bay Drive. Launched in March 2011 by Cynthia Bettner in partnership with Brickell’s finest restaurants and the Brickell Homeowners Association, the Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival benefits the Kristi House. In its sophomore year, the festival grew from 15 local high-end restaurants to over 50 eatery vendors. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Kristi House. Next year’s event is set for March 23 and March 24, 2013. For more information about the Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival please call 786.355.4800 or visit http://www.tasteofbrickell.com.

About the Kristi House, Inc.

Kristi House, Inc. (Kristi House) is a Florida nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by local child advocates in March 1994 as a Task Force to fill the unmet, critical need in Miami-Dade County for specialized services for children who are victims of sexual abuse. The mission of Kristi House is to provide a healing environment for all child victims of sexual abuse and their families, regardless of income, through prevention, treatment and coordination of services with our community partners. Please visit http://www.kristihouse.org for more information on Kristi House.

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