EAT, SIP, BREATHE, RE­PEAT

THE LAS OLAS WINE & FOOD FES­TI­VAL KICKS OFF THIS MONTH TO BEN­E­FIT THE AMER­I­CAN LUNG AS­SO­CI­A­TION.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY LAUREN EPSTEIN

The Las Olas Wine & Food Fes­ti­val kicks off this month to ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion.

The only thing bet­ter than a fes­ti­val of food, wine, and rev­elry is one that also sup­ports a wor­thy cause. And for over two decades, Fort Laud­erdale’s Las Olas Wine & Food Fes­ti­val has done just that, with ticket pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion in its goal to im­prove lung health. Now in its 22nd year, the cel­e­bra­tion show­cases South Florida’s finest eater­ies and in­ter­na­tional winer­ies, with live mu­sic, mixol­ogy demos, and in­ter­ac­tive re­tail dis­plays. “Not only does this fes­ti­val sup­port the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion, it sup­ports the fine mer­chants on Las Olas Boule­vard and pro­vides na­tional ex­po­sure for our beau­ti­ful venue,” says Vann Pad­gett of The Las Olas Com­pany, a long­time sup­porter of the event. “It con­tin­ues to grow and at­tract the very best.” On April 21, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, five en­closed blocks will be flooded with guests who will sa­vor sam­ples from 70 restau­rants and more than 45 winer­ies, spirit brands, and brew­eries. This year, the Best of the Best Chef Com­pe­ti­tion re­turns to the main stage, where top lo­cal chefs go head-to-head in heated, live cookoffs. Who will top chef Dustin Ward of BLT Restau­rants’ 2016 Bat­tle Burger vic­tory? Only ticket hold­ers will find out. Sip, sam­ple, and breathe easy! Las Olas Boule­vard, SE Sixth to SE 11th Av­enues, Fort Laud­erdale, 954-727-0907; la­so­laswff.com

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