HistoryMiami presents the 22nd Annual Miami International Map Fair 2/7/15 – 2/8/15

HistoryMiami presents the 22nd Annual Miami International Map Fair
Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8, 12 – 5 p.m.
mapfairHistoryMiami
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for HistoryMiami members, $10 for university students with ID
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Free parking: Miami-Dade County Cultural Center Parking Garage, 50 NW 2 Avenue, Miami, FL

The Miami International Map Fair, the longest continuously running map fair in the world, returns to HistoryMiami. The 22nd Annual Miami International Map Fair will feature over 40 national and international antiquarian map dealers from all over the world, exhibiting over thousands of rare, authentic antique maps within the museum’s exhibition galleries.

For $20 daily admission fee, visitors will be able to see beautiful, historically significant maps from the 19th century to the 21st century, all available for examination and purchase. Throughout the weekend, map dealers will also offer expert opinions to visitors. The fair also features a series of guest lecturers including: Jacqueline V. Nolan, cartographer and GIS specialist with the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, Richard H. Brown, map collector and vice chairman of the Norman Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, and William B. Ginsberg, collectors, scholar and author of various books in Nordic history.

“HistoryMiami is proud to host one of the largest and enduring map fairs in the world, highlighting an ever-growing admiration for international and rare maps,” Ramiro Ortiz, President/Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami. “This event is perfect for anyone interested in history, someone wanting to learn where their family originated, or indulging in travel fantasies!”

Among the maps available at the Map Fair, highlights will include the Reynold’s political map of the United States designed to exhibit the comparative area of the free and slave states (ca. 1856), one of the most beautiful Age of Discovery maps of any part of the world, Theodore de Bry’s highly decorative and magnificently engraved map of the West Indies, Florida and northern South America, Occidentalis Americae Partis, and the famous “Peutinger Table,” or Roman road map of the world, from the Parergon by Abraham Ortelius (1624).

2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF) 2/19/15 – 2/22/15

2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF)
sobewffFebruary 19-22, 2015
All over Miami
Website & Tickets

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is pleased to announce its upcoming program of events. The 14th annual Festival, consists of more than 75 events during the four-day, star-studded gourmet gathering, featuring new parties and talent alongside a noticeable refresh of the Festival’s most signature tastings. As it has since its inception, the Festival benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University.

Fans will enjoy several new changes at the Festival’s signature Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations. The iconic white tents located beachside between 10th Street and 13th Street off of the historic Ocean Drive will feature more seating and shaded areas, live music and DJs, and free park-and-ride offerings from areas in downtown Miami. The Festival is also pleased to highlight a select group of South Florida’s top-tier culinary talent as the inaugural group of Culinary Captains, representing their respective neighborhoods inside the MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents.

Chefs at the forefront of this event include:
· Downtown Miami/Brickell/Key Biscayne: Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak & Bar)
· Ft. Lauderdale: Peter Boulukos, The Restaurant People
· Midtown/MiMo: Timon Balloo, SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill
· Miami Beach: Jamie DeRosa, Tongue & Cheek
· North Miami Beach/Aventura/Sunny Isles: Tim Andriola, TIMO & Basil Park
· South Miami/Coral Gables/Doral: David Sears, SUSHISAMBA
· Palm Beach/Boca Raton/Delray: Larry LaValley, 3800 Ocean
· Wynwood/Design District: Michael Shikany, SHIKANY

The 2015 program also features more than 20 intimate dinner experiences throughout the weekend, highlighting revered culinary talent from around the world with exquisite wines, select spirits, and pairings from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio. The New York Times Dinner Series boasts an all-star line-up of chefs, including Amol Agarwal, Jimmy Bannos Jr., Aaron Brooks, Ashley Christensen, Ben Ford, Charles Gabriel, Linton Hopkins, JJ Johnson, Vikas Khanna, Jonathan Lane, Christopher Lee, and Marcus Samuelsson. Also part of this series is the Festival’s annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America at Loews Miami Beach, the Festival’s host hotel. Hosted by Tribute Dinner Culinary Chairman José Andrés and Master of Ceremonies Harold McGee, the evening will honor the contributions of renowned Chef Juan Mari Arzak, the acclaimed pioneer of Basque cuisine and the president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Ted Baseler, to the hospitality industry.

Those looking to deepen their knowledge of wines, spirits and beer will enjoy the vast array of offerings that are part of this year’s Wine Spectator Wine Seminars and Bank of America Lifestyle Seminars. The beverage prowess of Miami Herald and Miami.com Food Editor Evan Benn, mixologist Francesco Lafranconi, top editors from Wine Spectator, as well as authors and authorities Anthony Giglio and Joshua Wesson are sure to entertain and inspire the palates of attendees.

The Festival is also excited to showcase a variety of late-night soirées throughout the weekend, such as:
· Tacos After Dark hosted by Aaron Sanchez
· Mix It Up with Morimoto & Friends
· Frost: A Sprinkles Wonderland hosted by Candace Nelson
· The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown hosted by Emeril Lagasse
· Cigars & Spirits
· Medianoches & Mixology hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli
· Death by Chocolate: A Dessert Party hosted by Dominique Ansel
· Bobby Flay’s Caribbean Heat

More iconic tastings, afternoon parties, and even the Festival’s first event welcoming your four-legged friends at Yappie Hour presented by BarkBox hosted by Rachael Ray, round out the 2015 Festival program.

“This is surely a year that our loyal fans will do a double-take at the program and new attendees will find plenty of events to choose from,” predicts Festival Founder & Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “We have made significant changes to upgrade the experience at our signature Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village and are taking our beloved event, The Q, to the next level by partnering with Meatopia.”

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 19 with Ronzoni Pasta’s 100th Anniversary Seaside Spaghetti Soirée sponsored by MIAMI magazine hosted by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, a celebration of pasta and all forms of Italian-American cuisine under the Festival’s signature white tents in the sand behind South Beach’s iconic Delano. These same sparkling white sands will be the foundation for the brand new version of the Festival’s treasured celebration of all things grilled, braised and barbecued as Meatopia: The Q Revolution presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Guy Fieri curated by Josh Ozersky on Saturday, February 21.

The Festival is taking significant strides in 2015 to upgrade its landmark Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations. While enjoying samplings from a seemingly endless variety of restaurants and wine and spirits brands from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio, attendees will notice key advancements to the beachside venue which spans from 10th Street to 13th Street off Ocean Drive. Changes include more seating and shaded areas, live music and DJs, select ‘park and ride’ offerings (at no additional cost), and the introduction of chef Culinary Captains who will represent cohorts of chefs from various neighborhoods throughout South Florida.

New events taking place throughout the 2015 Festival include:
Poolside Paella Party hosted by José Andrés
Tacos After Dark hosted by Aarón Sánchez
Empanada & Wine Happy Hour
A rooftop ice cream and chocolate party with Candace Nelson of the Beverly Hills based Sprinkles Cupcakes, who is known for catching the taste buds of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey
Tribute to the resurgence of tiki culture mixology during a late-night, poolside bartender competition hosted by Emeril Lagasse
A late-night spiced up soirée centered around Caribbean-jerk hosted by cookbook author, chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay
Dessert done South Beach-style by modern day Willy Wonka and Cronut™ inventor Dominique Ansel
Plus an unprecedented series of intimate and unique dinner experiences featuring world-renowned culinary talent!

Fan favorite events such as the Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best sponsored by Bank of America & Merrill Lynch, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen, YogArt presents Buddhas and Bellinis, Bank of America Lifestyle Seminars, Wine Spectator Wine Seminars, Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine hosted by Marc Forgione, and more will return, sure to satiate every type of budget and palate.

Loews Miami Beach, the Festival’s host hotel, will again host the annual Tribute Dinner sponsored by Bank of America; part of The New York Times Dinner Series. The 2015 Festival will honor Chef Juan Mari Arzak, the acclaimed pioneer of Basque cuisine, and Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Fairchild’s 9th Annual Chocolate Festival Feeds Miami’s Mind and Soul

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This weekend Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden lured us to Coral Gables with chocolate – their 9th Annual Chocolate Festival to be exact. Despite the overcast skies, the Garden came alive with live music, international eats, educational programming, and more chocolate than the eye could see. The two-day festival gave Miami families the perfect excuse to enjoy the beautiful grounds, indulge in chocolate delicacies, and learn about the cacao plant. During our visit, we did all these and more. Check out our five favorite moments from this year’s event:

1. Sampling a hot chocolate recipe from the 1750s. American Heritage, an authentic historic line of products from leading food manufacturer Mars, had a tent where we learned how hot chocolate was made from scratch in the 1750s and had the opportunity to sample the recipe. The demonstration included actual recreations of the ingredients and kitchen tools used back then, like the spices and chunk of sugar (wrapped in blue paper) shown below. Did you know that in the 1700s that amount of sugar would last one family approximately 6 months?

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2. Learning about the history of cacao. “The Living History of Cacao and Chocolate” tent, which held presentations every hour on the chronology of cacao from ancient seed to modern candy bar, was the most notable addition to this year’s program. Our timing was off so we missed most of the speakers, but the friendly volunteers at the tent gave us a delicious consolation prize: a banana chocolate smoothie sample!

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3. Exploring the greenhouse. We headed to the greenhouse with the mission of finding and witnessing Fairchild’s cacao tree first-hand. However, the lush vegetation and water features kept us in there for a good hour as we explored the many natural wonders the greenhouse had to offer.

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4. Discovering the Wings of the Tropics exhibition. As we concluded our stroll in the greenhouse, we spotted the conservatory that houses Fairchild’s colorful butterflies and we knew we had to go inside. The exhibition was well-worth the detour – the butterflies were awe-inspiring despite the limited sunshine. Did you know that butterflies are more active on sunny days? They rely on the sun to raise their body temperatures so they can fly.

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5. Enjoying the festival ambiance. Once we had our fill of chocolate, we grabbed a roasted corn on the cob and sat down on the grass to enjoy the harmonious sounds of Solar Dogs, a Coconut Grove-based string band that was our favorite part of last year’s chocolate festival. Sitting there, watching families spending time together, couples dancing, and savoring our delicious corn, we were in absolute festival bliss. Fairchild, you really know how to make us happy!

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BioDome Fest 1/31/15

BioDome Fest
Saturday, 01/31/2015 – 07:00 pm – 01:00 am
biodomefestBioDome Studios and Warehouse
6760 NW 72nd Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33166
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Come support our local music scene at this FREE warehouse show at BioDome Studios!

-Food by Fork & Knives
-BYOB
-Bounce House

Live performances by:
Form & Design
SNOWMOON
Years Apart
Raker
Lacerate Kingdom
Chamber of Dreams

Free parking on side streets around venue.

38th Annual Calle Ocho Festival 3/15/15

38th Annual Calle Ocho Festival
Sunday, 03/15/2015 – 10:00 am – 07:00 pm
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SW 8th St. (Calle Ocho) between 27th Ave. & SW 8th Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana invites visitors from around the globe to the largest Hispanic street festival in the Southeastern United States during the 38th Annual Calle Ocho Festival. More than one million event-goers join the internationally renowned block party to celebrate Hispanic cultures from around the world on Miami’s legendary Calle Ocho (8th street.) The 19-block strip in Little Havana will vibrate with the hip-shaking rhythms of Latin music from salsa to hip-hop, including street performers and eight dedicated stages. Throughout the afternoon, event-goers can join street dancers as they bring the music to life; enjoy hundreds of international food kiosks simmering with authentic local and Latin flavors, sample products from many national brands and more.

Taste Of Cuba Festival at Hialeah Park 2/28/15 – 3/1/15

Taste Of Cuba Festival at Hialeah Park
February 28, 12pm-12am, March 1, 12pm-10am
tasteofcubaHialeah Park
100 E 32nd St
Hialeah, Florida 33013

– 2 Dias de Diversión
Nuestra Cultura-Musica-Dominos
& Comida Cubana
Entrada Gratis Al Publico En General

Instagram: @tasteofcuba
Visit our Web: www.tasteofcubafestival.com
Page Link: www.facebook.com/tasteofcubafestival
Promo Via Facebook/ http://www.facebook.com/UnikoCarle

food trucks Tuesdays 1/20/15

food trucks Tuesdays
Tuesday, 01/20/2015 – 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm
HAULOVER3haulover beach
10800 Collins ave,
miami, Florida 33154
Eventbrite Link
Cost: free

Come and join us on every Tuesdays at haulover beach party from 5pm to 10pm.

ALSO>>>
mark your calendar on fed/17/15.

Haulover beach 10800 Collins Ave 33154.

we are having a great family event of Latin music dance and preforms. And food trucks party.

This event is open to the public bring chairs and blankets and join us for great evening of music at the park.

Bounce houses, train ride, and much more.