‘Las Olas Wine and Food Fes­ti­val’ re­turns to Fort Laud­erdale

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The 19th an­nual “Las Olas Wine and Food Fes­ti­val” re­turns to Fort Laud­erdale May 2 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Las Olas Boule­vard, be­tween SE 6th Av­enue and SE 11th Av­enue. The wine and culi­nary event will fea­ture four city blocks of food, wine and fun. Pro­ceeds from the street fes­ti­val will ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion.

“The ‘Las Olas Wine and Food Fes­ti­val’ has be­come one of the most high-pro­file and ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated char­ity events in South Florida, and has helped raise hun­dreds of thou­sands for crit­i­cal lo­cal and na­tional lung health pro­grams,” said Car­i­ann Moore, area di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion in Florida. “Pro­ceeds raised help save lives by im­prov­ing lung health and pre­vent­ing lung dis­ease through our ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy and re­search ef­forts.”

Some spon­sors for the event in­clude Pre­mier Bev­er­age Com­pany, Bom­bay Sap­phire Gin, LaMarca Prosecco, Wil­liam Hill Es­tate Win­ery and Shell­back Caribbean Rum, Strana­han House Mu­seum, JM Lexus, Black­stone Me­dia Group, Las Olas As­so­ci­a­tion, Mer­can­til Com­merce­bank, Greystar, The Las Olas Com­pany, Broward Health, Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, Quin­nProQuo, United States Som­me­lier As­so­ci­a­tion and The Dis­count Liquor Group.

The Bom­bay Sap­phire Gin lounge will pro­vide an ul­ti­mate cock­tail ex­pe­ri­ence with a trendy at­mos­phere, while the Shell­back Caribbean Hut will of­fer rum cock­tails and the Fash­ion Hon­ors Group of The Art In­sti­tute of Fort Laud­erdale will host a cou­ture fash­ion show.

New to the fes­ti­val is the New Am­s­ter­dam Shave Lounge, an early 1900s-style bar­ber­shop and bar. For the event, it will pro­vide free straight-ra­zor shaves, shoeshines and cock­tails. The LaMarca lounge will in­clude a photo booth and prosecco sam­ples.

The VIP Prive Party, hosted by JM Lexus, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Strana­han House and fea­ture food sam­ples from Cap­i­tal Grille and Publix Aprons Cater­ing, spe­cial wines and en­ter­tain­ment. The cel­e­bra­tion will con­tinue at the Bom­bay Sap­phire Af­ter Party at Vibe Las Olas, be­gin­ning at 10 p.m.

Tick­ets are $100 per per­son; $225 for VIP. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 954-727-0907 or visit www.lasolaswff.com.

Ted Manser, left, and Scar­lette Clarke

More than 2,000 guests will en­joy 45 ta­bles of wine, spir­its and beer.

Car­los Suarez, left, Marissa Tatakis, Am­ber VanBuren and Katie Leibick

The Shell­back Caribbean Hut will of­fer rum cock­tail sam­ples.

Kristi Hollinger, left, Al­li­son Lee, Vann Pad­gett and Luke Moor­man

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