The Food Network and Cooking Channel’s annual mega-event hosts top chefs and TV food personalities, and offers 92 classes, tastings, dinners, wine seminars, parties, competitions and the like. In terms of food fests, this is a Super Bowl-sized display of brand activations and cross-promotions but no one there ever seems to mind. If you need an excuse to head to Miami in February, here you go.
A handful of celebrities from beyond the culinary universe are usually in attendance as well. In 2022, Eva Longoria, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, his wife/model Behati Prinsloo, former NBA star Dwyane Wade and Rev. Run from Run-DMC will be in the mix alongside chefs like Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray. The fest drew 30,000 attendees last year, during the pandemic, and the number is expected to return to pre-COVID-19 levels in 2022 — more in the 65,000 range.