SAVOR SoFLO Festival bringing chefs, grand tasting village to Hollywood Beach

SAVOR SoFLO wants people to feel the breeze at its new oceanfront festival, which will bring unlimited food, wine and beer tastings this weekend to Hollywood.

The sister event of Cocoa Beach Uncorked and Savor St. Pete, the event will be one of South Florida’s largest food festivals since the start of the pandemic.

“People just want to get back to their lives mindfully and be around other people,” says festival organizer Tammy Gail. “We’re the first one in, and we’re the fun one in.”

SAVOR SoFLO will boast local chefs, like Douglas Sisk, an executive chef at Sysco, chef Rey De La Osa from the Publix Aprons Cooking School in Plantation and chef Louis Martorano, an executive chef at the event’s host hotel, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.

Sisk and De La Osa will present 30-minute cooking demonstrations on a Publix mobile cooking station, alternating the recipes on Saturday and Sunday and providing useful tips and tricks that people can use at home to “get in touch with their inner foodie,” Gail says.

More than 80 booths at SAVOR SoFLO will feature Broward County restaurants such as Noodle Station, dairy-free ice cream shop Organic Manic Yogi and Giusto Sapore, which will cater Italian specialties like meats and olives that pair well with wine. A handful of booths will host larger brands such as Bolay, a national chain that is new to Hollywood and has customizable bowls with noodles, rice or kale.

A notable vendor that will be in attendance is Skrewball Whiskey, a woman-owned business with peanut butter whiskey that is “on fire right now,” Gail says.

SAVOR SoFLO will offer a wide variety of spirits including Bacardi, Deep Eddy Vodka, Don Julio tequila, Miami Arak (a Middle-Eastern liquor), moonshine, rum and liquor-infused popsicles.

Here are more details you should know before you go.

Registration: Registration will be at the Johnson Square Plaza, 3031 Johnson St. The Grand Tasting Village tents will be set up near 911 N. Broadwalk, with event signage.

Hours: General admission is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The VIP Spirit Lounge is open noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets: Attendees must be at least 21 years old to enter the event. General admission is $75 per person, which includes unlimited food, wine and beer sampling and a complimentary wine glass and tote bag. VIP passes are sold out.

Guests staying at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will be prioritized for any remaining onsite ticket sales.

Parking: The parking closest to the event is the Margaritaville Public Parking Garage, located at 357 Johnson St. The garage has electric charging stations, and the parking rates are $4 an hour or a flat rate of $12 for three to six hours.

What to bring: Large bags and backpacks aren’t allowed at the event, so Gail advises packing lightly. The only non-food or drink vendor at the event will be fashion company Robert Graham, which will sell sunglasses, water bottles, flip-flops and other beach accessories.

COVID-19 guidelines: In accordance with CDC, city and county guidelines, masks aren’t required for fully vaccinated people, and social distancing is encouraged.

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