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Vivid Sydney Australia 2012: 4th Annual Festival of Light, Music and Ideas

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27:  The Sydney Opera ...
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: The Sydney Opera House sails are illuminated on opening night of the 2011 Vivid Sydney Festival on May 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The annual festival offers many free and ticketed events as port of it's program and runs until June 13. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Attend the Vivid Sydney Annual Festival of Light, Music and Ideas from May 25th until June 11th 2012. For more information and tickets visit: www.vividsydney.com. Cutting edge, German projection artists, URBANSCREEN, have been invited to weave their creative magic across Sydney Opera House in the festival favorite called ‘Lighting the Sails’.

Sydney Opera House HDR Sydney Australia
Sydney Opera House HDR Sydney Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From 6 pm to midnight every night, Vivid Sydney features an incredible free light show with over 50 interactive and immersive light art sculptures, illuminated skyscrapers and large scale projections around The Rocks, Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House with a tall ship in the for...
Sydney Opera House with a tall ship in the foreground (part of the 350.org day of action) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“From huge 3D mapped projections on Sydney Opera House, Customs House and Museum of Contemporary Art to interactive light art sculptures, giant glowing dandelions, fibre optic sea grass and animatronic dancing lamps, this year’s lighting at Vivid Sydney will once again transform Sydney into a colourful playground of light.”

Vivid Sydney

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Opera House, Sydney, Australia Deutsch: Opera House, Sydney, Australien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Join “Sidneysiders” at the Sydney Australia Opera House. They will participate in the annual event:  Vivid LIVE 2012 from May 25 – June 3 as part of Vivid Sydney (May 25 – June 11). Vivid LIVE will take over the Sydney Opera House with an extraordinary series of performances including exclusive concerts, unique collaborations and unique projects.

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Vivid Sydney (Photo credit: popejon2)

With over 22 events including 11 Australian premieres, 2 world premieres and many artists exclusive to Sydney. The astounding line-up of local and international artists, includes an opening night act by the critically acclaimed English artist “Florence + The Machine” who will perform with the Ceremonial Orchestra taking over the Concert Hall. Florence and the Machine is an English indie pop band with lead singer Florence Welch.

Sydney Opera House Luminous @ Vivid festival
Sydney Opera House Luminous @ Vivid festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vivid Sydney is the city’s annual festival of light, music and ideas. Now in its fourth year, Vivid Sydney has become Australia’s major winter festival and is one of five signature events on the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

Highlights from the Vivid Ideas program include a partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, keynote talks from Tyler Brule, founder of Monocle and Wallpaper; Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy and UK fashion talent, Henry Holland, from House of Holland and creative industry conferences X Media Lab, Song Summit, Mumbrella 360 and CeBIT Australia.

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The skyline of the Sydney central business district in Australia. Sydney is the most populous city in Oceania and is Oceania's only Alpha World City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sydney is close to four red wine regions in south-eastern Australia: the Upper Hunter Valley, the Lower Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Orange. So take some winery tours while you’re there.

Here’s Wine Spectator’s Map of the Wine Regions in Australia: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/AussieRedsmap.pdf

The full Vivid Sydney program is available at http://vividsydney.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Miami Beach Wine Festival 2012

Fontainbleau view of the Ocean

Miami Beach Wine Festival at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel.  Miami Beach, Mary

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel

I love the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. It is one of my favorite Vino con Vista destinations in Miami Beach! It is also the most historic and architecturally significant hotel on Miami Beach.  It was designed by Morris Lapidus and opened in 1954. On December 22, 2008, the Fontainebleau was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
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: Fontainebleau Hotel: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis broke the integration barrier in Miami Beach at this hotel. Jerry Lewis waged his war against Muscular Dystrophy at this hotel with his Labor Day Marathon fund-raising events.

The hotel was also the setting for Jerry Lewis‘s 1960 comedy film, The Bellboy.

The hotel and pool were featured in the following films: Scarface, Go for It , Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach and  The Bodyguard (1992) with Whitney Houston.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the perfect setting for the Miami Beach Wine Festival. It is situated on the Atlantic oceanfront at Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row with 12 restaurants and bars; and a 40,000-square-foot spa.

Here are the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival details headlined by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 winner, Kevin Sbraga and Fontainebleau’s Executive Chef, Thomas Connell:

1. Miami’s first and foremost charity wine and food festival, will take place Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mary Brickell Village and Village of Merrick Park.

2. Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 winner, Chef Kevin Sbraga, and graduate of Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, will headline the Interactive Dinner on Friday, April 20.

3. Fontainebleau’s Executive Chef Thomas Connell, will direct an exclusive dinner during Cellar-bration on Saturday, April 21. All proceeds to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting more than 120 programs in the areas of education, financial stability and health. For tickets, visit www.miamiwinefestival.org or call1-877-820-3378.

4.  Brews & Bites Craft Beer Tasting returns as the opening event of this year’s Festival on Wednesday, April 18, sponsored by CBIZ. Guests will “tap” into 50 craft beers and micro-brews at dozens of tasting stations, with beers provided by Gold Coast Beverage and Brown Distributors, among others. Selections include: Cigar City Brewing, The Native Brewing Company, Palm, Boston Beer Company, Wynwood Brewing Co. and many more. Guests will pair their beers with food samples from 30 local restaurants, including: Baru Urbano, Fado Irish Pub and Timo Restaurant. The VIP tasting begins at 6 pm, tickets are $75 per person. General admission begins at 7 pm, tickets are $55 per person. Brews & Bites takes place at Mary Brickell Village, 901 South Miami Avenue, Miami.

5. On Thursday, April 19, longtime Festival partner, Village of Merrick Park will host Taste & Toast Fine Wine Tasting, sponsored by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. This outdoor fine wine tasting brings more than 65 wine producers and importers together for a grand display of more than 200 wines from around the world, with more than 35 area restaurants providing a culinary backdrop. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with wine producers and chefs, and share their experiences on Twitter for a chance to win great prizes. Participating restaurants include: 1500 Degrees, Crave, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Sawa Restaurant and Lounge and Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, among many others. Bacardi USA, 97.3 The COAST and Crave Restaurant will host a VIP Lounge during the tasting with special treats and surprises. The VIP tasting begins at 6 pm, tickets are $150 per person. General admission begins at 7 pm, tickets are $75 per person. Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables.

6. Friday, April 20, Food, Friends & Fun – Interactive Dinner, sponsored by Bacardi USA, is the ultimate good time for foodies, where tables will team up to cook their own dinners under Chef Sbraga’s tutelage, with Johnson & Wales culinary students serving as sous chefs. The evening commences with a Bacardi cocktail reception at 6:30 pm featuring Oakheart Spiced Rum. Venue Magazine will host an exclusive lounge. WSVN 7’s Belkys Nerey will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the Interactive Dinner, which begins at 7:30 pm, and includes a live auction in between courses and a silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $400 per person and $3,200 per table of eight. The Interactive Dinner takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

7.  The Festival culminates on Saturday, April 21, with its highlight event, Cellar-bration – Good Food and Award-winning Wines, featuring an exclusive dinner under Chef Connell. This gastronomic experience will be inspired by the hotel’s signature restaurants Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, featuring delectable and diverse cuisine – from modern steakhouse and refined Italian, to four-star haute Chinese. Throughout the evening, guests will also enjoy stunning auction lots, entertainment and gold medal-winning wines from the Best in Glass Wine Challenge. A cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 6:30 pm; dinner begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $250 per person and $2,500 per table of 10. Cellar-bration also takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Margarita at Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau

Have a Margarita at the Bleau Bar. Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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Saint Jordi’s Day Festival Combines Love and Literacy: Give Your Sweetie a Rose or a Book in Barcelona

From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Ca...
From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giving your Sweetie a rose or a book on Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona. This charming tradition in Barcelona, is like participating in a fairy tale festival.

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saint george (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once upon a time in the town of Montblanc in Catalunya, a terrible dragon terrorized the inhabitants.

A lottery system was generated to appease the miserale, rotten dragon. The system sacrificed one of the town residents to the dragon using a lottery system.
Unfortunately, one day the princess won the lottery and had to be sacrificed. She was rescued from the dragon’s wrath by a handsome knight in shining armour named Jordi (George).
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Made and uploaded by Huhsunqu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

La Diada de Sant Jordi is also known as  El dia de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book).  Historically, men gave women roses and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion: “a rose for love and a book forever.”

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saint george killing a dragon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint George (Saint Jordi) is the patron saint of Catalonia. Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona Spain is a Catalon Holiday that celebrates the chivalrous efforts of dragon-slaying, damsel- in-distress rescuing Saint George. In 1995, UNESCO adopted April 23rd as World Book and Copyright Day. Barcelona is the publishing capital of both Catalan and Spanish languages.

From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Ca...
From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 23rd,  six million roses will change hands in Barcelona when men become knights for a day. They will give their sweetie a single rose to honor Saint George, the patron saint and protector of the inhabitants of Catalonia who rescued the princess from the terrible dragon. He gave her a red rose plucked from a rose bush that sprouted from the dragons blood after the dragon was killed by St. Jordi’s mighty sword.

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Català: Palau de la Generalitat, Plaça Sant Jaume de Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 23rd, lovers walk arm in arm on Las Ramblas toward the sea or in the direction of Placa Catalunya gazing at the lovely flower stalls and visiting La Boqueria Market.

Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

St.Jordi's cake
St.Jordi's cake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lovers also stroll along the Passeig de Gracia buying books from street vendors and book stores. In 1923, the tradition of giving your damsel a rose was expanded. Damsels give their knight in shining armour a book.

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Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Miguel de Cervantes, c.1610 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April 23rd commemorates the anniversay of the deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare in 1616. Many book stores and cafes host readings by authors including 24-hour marathon readings of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote“.

In Barcelona, visit Gaudi’s Casa Batllo (House of Bones) on Passeig de Gracia, 43. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The magnificent art noveau structure is located on the “Block of Discord” with incredible buildings designed by famous architects like Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Enric Sagnier.

Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudi - Barcelona
Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudi - Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casa Batllo has a facade based on the Tale of Saint Jordi (Saint George). The bones of the dragon’s victims frame the elaborate windows of the facade. The facade is covererd with trencadis glazed mosaic tile. The roof  has a large arch that represents the scales of the dragon.

Watch this video to see the beautiful landmark buildings in Barcelona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31eZTrW0Ss.

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Happy St. Jordi’s Day– “Felic Diada de Sant Jordi” from your Travel Buddies @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Inside Columbia Missouri’s Wine and Food Festival 2012

Columbia, MO
Columbia, MO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: May 14-19, 2012

Grand Tasting on Friday, May 20, 2011, 5 to 8 p.m. @ the Holiday Inn Expo Center Tickets: $50 Per Person

WHERE: Columbia Missouri

The Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri.
The Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make plans to engage in six days of extraordinary cuisine and more than 400 world-class wines! This “festival highlights the area’s best chefs and pairs their unique talents with the creations of winemakers from around the world for an experience that transcends the boundaries of Collegetown, USA.” The region’s finest chefs and appellations will be showcased.

Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia
Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Columbia, located in the center of Missouri, between St. Louis and Kansas City. Columbia is a college town; the home of the University of Missouri and the Columbia College system.

University of Missouri seal
University of Missouri seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition to our featured restaurants and wineries, the festival’s schedule of events incorporates other favorite CoMo pastimes such as shopping, art and exploration! Keep checking back for updated information and event news!

The Grand Tasting will feature more than 220 wineries with samples of more than 400 of their finest varietals.

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Every guest will receive a complimentary Riedel wine glass for tasting.

 

*Must be 21 to attend. Wine available while supplies last.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 


 

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Wine and Food Festivals in Italy

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italy (Photo credit: kygp)

If you love Wine and Food Festivals in Italy, you can nurture your inner wine-loving foodie with this list. Plan to attend some of these great oenogastronomic events in Italy for a great “Vino con Vista”:

1. Giovinbacco Festival 11/5-11/7 @ www.giovinbacco.it in the Province of Ravenna celebrates the evolution of Sangiovese de Romagna wine.

2. Rome‘s Restaurant Week 11/15-11/21 @ www.restaurantweek.it 

Enjoy three course dinners for 25-35 Euros at Rome’s best restaurants!

3. 80th White Truffle Fest in Alba thru 11/14 @ www.fieradeltartufo.org

4. The Merano Wine Festival 11/5-11/11 @ www.meranowinefestival.com

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VENICE, ITALY - NOVEMBER 20: People walk past the church of Santa Maria della Salute on the day ahead of the traditional Festa della Salute on November 20, 2011 in Venice, Italy. The Festa della Salute is the least 'touristy' of the Venetian festival and evokes strong religious feelings among the city's inhabitants. The holiday is in memory of a bout of pestilence which lasted for two years from 1630-31 and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain the intercession of the Virgin Mary. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

5. Festival of Madonna della Salute (Madonna of Health) in Venice on 11/21

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Unknown painter - The Madonna della Salute - WGA23479 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The Basilica of St Mary of Health in Venice Polski: Bazylika Santa Maria della Salute w Wenecji Italiano: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute di Venezia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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cremona (Photo credit: ho visto nina volare)

6. Festa dl Torrone in Cremona 11/19-21 @ www.festadeltorronecremona.it

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Emilia-Romagna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Wine and Food in Emilia Romagna @ www.winefoodemiliaromagna.com offers superlative “Porc on the Pigs Back” Greediest Salami Festival every weekend in November including:

a. The Biggest Mariolone in the town of Sissa

b. The longest Strolghino in the town of Zibello

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8. A Pig and Wild Boar Festival called “Sagre del Maiale e Chingale”  on 12/4-5 in Antillo near Taormina, Sicily.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

Buon Appetito from www.vino-con-vista.com. Available @ iBookstore We love Italian food and wine!!

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The Constantia Food and Wine Festival 2012 near Cape Town South Africa

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Affluent Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town. This area is a major tourist stop because it is famous for its lovely wine estates and outstanding restaurants. Some of the notable restaurants are: Pastis (French), La Colombe (French), Constantia Uitsig and Mama Roma (Italian).

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The magical Constantia Valley is about 20 minutes from the center of Cape Town. The glorious Vino con Vista Wine region is having The Constantia Food and Wine Festival on May 4-6, 2012. There will be over 40 of the finest regional wines and plenty of delicious food from local restaurants.

There will be live entertainment:

Friday, May 4th and Sunday 6th: Me and Mr Brown

Saturday, May 5th: Perfect Score

Constantia Valley
Constantia Valley (Photo credit: Ian Junor)

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Explore the gorgeous wine route in Constantia and visit centuries-old estates like Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) that was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel. Some of the other notable wineries include: Steenberg (Mountain of Stone), established in 1682, Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations), Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (View of Constantia).

Here’s Wine Spectator’s Map of the WIne Regions in South Africa:

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/SAfricamap.pdf

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Many of the homesteads along the wine route have Baroque and Cape Dutch architectural styles. For more information visit: http://constantiafoodandwine.co.za/

 

 

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Tickets:

Tickets cost 120pp per day and includes tastings at the various wine farms.

No charge for children

Purchase your tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za at participating wine farms or at the entrance.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Historic Carriage, Groot Constantia, Cape Town
Historic Carriage, Groot Constantia, Cape Town (Photo credit: Kleinz1)
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Top Chefs Display Culinary Prowess at South Beach BBQ Marathon

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival had a kick-off event for the South Beach Foodie Marathon 2012 called “Q”. The BBQ extravaganza highlighted top chefs and their culinary prowess. Restaurants across the nation participated in this fabulous event. The event was held at the glitzy Ritz Carlton‘s “Delano” Beachside venue at 1685 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

The event was pesented by Allen Brothers Steaks
The Q at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012

The event was presented by Allen Brothers Steaks and hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri featuring plenty of Moet & Chandon Champagne and the best BBQ chefs from across the nation. The chefs prepared and served their signature barbecue specialties from the grills and smokers.

Guy Fieri co-owns five restaurants in California. He served a Panh Mi Taco with BBQ fried rice from his Tex Wasabi Restaurant.

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Emeril Lagasse at South Beach Q

Emeril Lagasse, A a regional James Beard Award winner, prepared Slow Roasted Spare Ribs with Abita Root Beer BBQ Sauce from Emeril’s Restaurant.

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Michael White from Osteria Morini & Altamarea Group prepared grilled panchetta with Saba-glazed Figs and Toasted Pistachios.

John Rivers prepared BBQ Brisket and Pork Strret Tacos with Cilantro Creme Fraiche and Smoked Pico de Gallo served with Hickory Smoked Rioja infused manchego Croquettes topped with warm garlic and honey vinaigrette.

Yoshi Katsumura served BBQ Wagyu Short Ribs with Yuzu BBQ sauce and candied Yuzu knin on a Scallion pancake shochu with infused watermelon salad

Stephanie Izard at Q in South Beach

Stephanie Izard from Chicago was working her Girl and the Goat magic! She was the winner of the fourth season of Top Chef, Bravo‘s cooking competition show.

Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie Izard
Chef Stephanie Izard from Chicago
Purple Pig from Chicago at Q in South Beach

Jimmy Bannos and his dad from the Purple Pig in Chicago showed off their magnificent porchetta.

Jimmy Bannos Jr.
Pretty big bottle opener Chef

The Regis put out an impressive spread. Richard Gras and Jordi Valles from the J & G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour whipped up a smoked Lamb Shoulder with Brussel Sprouts, Toasted Sesame and five spices. Then the chef took some time off to open a bottle of champagne-le sabrage (with a sword). Nice job Chef!!

That Lamb was incredible!

Dewey LoSaso from the Forge served a sliced filet sandwich and boneless Short Ribs and Lobster Marmalade.

Dewey LoSasso

Mark Zeitouni from the Lido Restaurant prepared a delicious BBQ Smoked Local Kingfish Soft Taco. Scott Conant and Michael Pirolo from Scarpetta Miami prepared Crispy Pork Shoulder with Apple Mostardo testa picked onion and micro celery.

 

Scarpetts Miami served Crispy Pork Shoulder
 
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides A www.vino-con-vista.com
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13th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa

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Plan a trip to the southern hemisphere and get your tickets for the 13th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The Jazz festival is on March 30-31, 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

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The festival is featuring multi Grammy award winner and back-to-back platinum selling vocalist James Ingram; best known for hits like: Yah Mo Be There, Baby Come To Me and How Do You Keep the Music Playing.

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Cover of James Ingram
Patti Austin
Cover of Patti Austin
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Returning to the festival is award winning sensation and internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Dave Koz  with special guest Patti Austin performing with accomplished drummer Dave Weckl.

This part of South Africa has a vibrant wine industry. The wines of the Western Cape range from Rhone-style red wines to aromatic Sauvignon Blancs. The Cape Winelands and their cultural landscape were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on June 24, 2004 in the Cultural category.

The Cape Winelands are the largest wine-producing region in South Africa with six main wine routes: Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington. These are popular destinations for sightseeing and wine tasting.

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In Cape Town, take a trip on the Hop-On Hop-Off Sight-Seeing Busto see the city. Cape Town has beautiful architecture and fabulous beaches. Check out the Victoria and Albert Waterfront with plenty of shops and restaurants.

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Surfing is very popular and so is Whale watching. Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales are seen off the coast during the breeding season from August to November.

Bryde's Whale
Bryde’s Whale (Photo credit: tim ellis)

Bryde’s Whales and the Killer Whales can be seen any time of the year.  Heaviside’s dolphins can be seen from the coast north of Cape Town and Dusky dolphins live along the same coast and can occasionally be seen from the ferry to Robben Island.

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For more information about the Jazz Festival visit: http://www.sa-venues.com/

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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The 8th Annual Savor Dallas Food and Wine Festival 2012

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The 8th Annual Savor Dallas Food and Wine Festival 2012 will take place on March 30th and 31st, 2012. This is the largest premium wine, food and  spirits event in Texas with over 60 of the area’s top chefs and more than 400 premium wines, spirits and beers. There will even be a concert! All of the events are fund-raisers for local organizations.

Here’s a summary of the events:

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The Arts District Wine Stroll is $35 and allows participants to enjoy wine and food tastings at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House on Friday, March 30th from 5-7 pm.

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Following the Wine Stroll, “Sips and Sounds” ($35) is scheduled at the historic Kessler Theater in the Bishop Arts District from 8-midnight with recording artist Carrie Rodriguez and tasty sips and bits from Oak Cliff Chefs.

There will be a “Great Women Chefs” ($99) event at the Milestone Culinary Arts center in Uptown Dallas on Saturday March 31st  from 11:30-1:30 led by Chef Sharon Van Meter. The ticket includes a copy of the “Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier” cookbook.

On Saturday, you can also enjoy a Wine and Scardello Artisan Cheese seminar for $55 at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek or a Wine Panel Tasting seminar at the Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas with Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks. ($50)

The main event will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Irving Convention Center at 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. The VIP Reserve Tasting is on Saturday from 5-6:30 ($125) and will feature ultra-premium wines. This event will lead into the International Grand Tasting ($100) from 7-10 pm with top chefs serving  plenty of food and drinks. There will be a silent auction to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

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The event has partnered with hotels in the immediate vicinity like the Four Season Dallas-Las Colinas and the Omni Mandalay Hotel for special room rates. Visit www.savordallas.com/hotelinfo.htm for more information.

To get tickets and see the full schedule of events visit www.savordallas.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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South Pacific Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Denarau Fiji

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Attend the 3 day South Pacific Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Denarau Fiji from March 14-17, 2012.

The sights, sounds and flavors of the beautiful Vino con Vista resort island of Denarau Fiji will intoxicate you. Witness some of the world’s best chefs creating South Pacific cuisine. For more info visit www.southpacificfoodandwine.com

South Pacific Culinary Ambassador, Robert Oliver will host the event. Robert was the 2010 World Cookbook winner,  Me’a Kai; The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific. He is a celebrated passionate chef, author and champion of sustainable tourism. Robert  has worked in Fiji, New York City, Miami, Sydney, Las Vegas, the US Virgin Islands, Barbados, St Lucia and Trinidad.

CHEF DE CUISINE MANU FEILDEL.
CHEF DE CUISINE MANU FEILDEL. (Photo credit: RubyGoes)
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Another celebrity chef that is participating in the extravaganza is Manu Feildel. Manu is known for his participation in Australia’s cooking competitios like Ready Steady Cook, Masterchef Australia and My Kitchen Rules. He was the head chef at Bilson’s before opening his own restaurant, Manu at L’Etoile, in 2009. He also won Dancing with the Stars 2011.

The Fiji Festival will have dinners hosted by celebrity chefs each evening and Master Classes and cooking demonstrations with a daily happy hour and evening entertainment.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com

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