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Find out the answers to some of the most asked questions.

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General

What is the best way to receive information about the Festival?

Sign up for our Juicy Tidbits e-newsletter here and follow along with #SOBEWFF on social media!

What charity does SOBEWFF® support?

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. 100% of net proceeds benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University. To date, the Festival has raised more than $34 million for the School and each year more than 1,200 students and volunteers utilize the Festival as an interactive educational platform to gain real-world experience in the hospitality industry.

Are animals permitted at the Festival?

NO PETS ALLOWED. ONLY SERVICE ANIMALS PERMITTED. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. For more information, please refer to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Is the Festival ADA accessible?

In order to request materials in accessible format, register a service animal and/or secure an accommodation, please contact FIU’s Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility (OCRCA) at 305.348.2785 or [email protected] at least two weeks in advance of the event. To request accommodation, guests must complete the four forms listed on OCRCA’s website and submit the forms to OCRCA at least two weeks prior to the event. A determination letter will be sent to guest at least three working days before the event. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service) or can call the box office at 866.271.8540 to purchase tickets. NO PETS ALLOWED. ONLY SERVICE ANIMALS PERMITTED. For more information, please contact FIU’s Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility (OCRCA) at 305.348.2785 or [email protected].

Is SOBEWFF® able to accommodate my dietary restrictions?

We cannot guarantee that participating chefs and restaurants will prepare dishes without common allergens; including nuts, dairy, gluten, etc. Additionally, not all events will have vegetarian options available. If you have any other questions regarding your specific allergy or dietary restrictions, please email us at [email protected].

What items are prohibited from the events?

Security will check all bags at the entrance of all events. Prohibited items include but are not limited to: outside food and beverages, drugs, weapons, backpacks, large bags, and suitcases. Click here to view our bag policy. NO PETS ALLOWED. ONLY SERVICE ANIMALS PERMITTED.

Is there a dress code?

As a general guideline, we suggest “smart casual” attire for our daytime events. For our late-night events and dinner series we suggest cocktail attire, though “smart casual” is also acceptable. Please refer to the event page for specific details, and we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes when attending our larger, walk-around tasting events.

Are there COVID-19 safety and health protocols in place?

Yes, click here to read the complete SOBEWFF® COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols.

What happens in the case of bad weather?

While many of our events are indoors; those that are outdoors will happen rain or shine! All tickets are non-refundable.

Where does SOBEWFF® take place?

The Festival’s 22nd annual edition will feature more than 90 events spanning Miami-Dade and Broward counties from February 23-26, 2023. Please refer to the specific event pages for location information.

What are the dates of the 2023 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®)?

The Festival will take place February 23-26, 2023. To receive the most up-to-date information on this year’s Festival and future dates, click here to sign up for our Juicy Tidbits e-newsletter and follow #SOBEWFF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Tickets & Events

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Tickets cannot be purchased at the door at any SOBEWFF® event. Tickets to Festival events are available online at sobewff.org or by calling 866.271.8540 (phone sales open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM EST). During the week of the Festival, you will be able to continue to purchase tickets online or through our Box Office located at 13th St. and Ocean Drive. Festival Box Office hours and dates will be determined closer to the event weekend. Events do sell out quickly, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance!

Do you offer a payment plan option?

Yes, you can split your payment into multiple installments by selecting the payment plan option at check-out.

How do I access my mobile tickets?

Accessing mobile tickets is simple and saves the hassle of printing a paper ticket.


  1. Download the SquadUp app or visit squadup.com and login with your SquadUp ticket account email address and password. If you do not know your password, click “Forgot Password.”

  2. Select the event you wish to download your mobile tickets for and click “View Ticket.”

  3. When viewing the individual ticket, click “Download Passbook” (for Apple devices) or click “Download Ticket” (for all other devices). Once saved in your mobile wallet, then you will always have easy access even with no cellular connectivity.

Are there waitlists for sold-out events?

Unfortunately, we are unable to create a waitlist for any of our events.

What is the SOBEWFF® refund policy?

The Festival has a strict no refund policy. All ticket purchases are final.

Do I have to pay for food and drinks once I’m inside the event?

Your ticket purchase covers all food and beverage consumed at the event. Just bring your appetite and enjoy!

Can I bring my child?

Attendees at all SOBEWFF® events must be 21 or older, unless otherwise stated on the event page. The full list of family-friendly events can be found here.

What is Capital One® Priority Entry and how do I qualify for it?

The Capital One® Priority Entry lane is set up for guests to gain expedited entry into select events. You must use an eligible Capital One® Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card to purchase the Capital One® Cardholder event ticket.  Excludes Capital One® issued private label cards. While supplies last.

How much are tickets to SOBEWFF®?

In general, tickets range from $20-$550 per person; but ticket prices vary depending on the type of event you choose to attend. The Festival also offers several different ticket packages, each including a unique selection of events. Click here for more info.

When will SOBEWFF® tickets go on sale?

The Capital One Pre-Sale, offered exclusively to Capital One Cardholders, begins on October 31, 2022 at 9:00 AM EST. General ticket sales begin November 7, 2022 online at 9:00 AM EST.

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Travel & Lodging

Which airport should I fly into for the Festival?

Both Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) are within close proximity to the Festival. We suggest picking the one that is most convenient for you.

Where should I stay?

The SOBEWFF® headquarter hotel is the Loews Miami Beach Hotel – a short walk or ride to the majority of our signature events. We are pleased to offer our guests preferred pricing at hotels across South Beach. Hotel options and rates can be found here.

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Getting Involved

Can I volunteer at SOBEWFF®?

Yes! SOBEWFF® is always looking for volunteers to assist in setup, checking in guests, passing out materials, giving directions, ticketing and other event support tasks. We also look for experienced culinary volunteers to support our participating chefs. Click here for more information about volunteering.

Can press attend events?

Yes, absolutely! Press registration opens online November 17, 2022. All press inquiries can be directed to Festival’s Senior Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Andrea Moreno.

How can I find out more about becoming a vendor at SOBEWFF®?

SOBEWFF® has a preferred list of vendors in addition to some exclusive sponsorships throughout all of our events. If you have a unique service, please send a brief description of your company and any relevant materials to [email protected].

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More Questions?

Please send all other questions and inquiries to [email protected]. We’ll see you on the beach!