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Veritage Miami Kick Off Event


Supporting events that work to benefit others is one of the best things about organizations in Miami. One of the most popular year-round venues that attracts a huge crowd is Veritage Miami. Next year, Veritage Miami presents Unite with Veritage, a day party to kick off the events taking place in April every year. Designed to simulate a winery, there will be a rotating screen highlighting the different events slated to take place during the four-day affair, with booths set up to conduct tastings, wine classes, and other workshops on food and wine.

Celebrities and musical performers will attend for autographs, a silent auction, and a cooking contest. This venue will be a smaller-scale version of what to expect during the main venue. Past events include a craft beer tasting, fine wine tasting, interactive dinner and auction & wine dinner. Sponsors will be on hand for giveaways and in-depth presentations of their products or services.

Free recipes will be shown on a number of screens throughout the venue, with on-screen demonstrations on how to prepare those meals. Participants in the Best in Glass competition will also be presented to the crowd, with tastings for everyone to add their votes.

Sponsors will play a huge role in this day party, with a mini-program outlining the mission statement and purpose for supporting Veritage Miami as a souvenir book for event goers. Past sponsors include City National Bank, Miami Marlins, American Airlines, Bacardi, Bank of America, Greenberg Traurig, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Johnson & Wales University, and a host of others.

Tickets for the event will be sold starting in January, 2016 through Ticketmaster and Veritage Miami.

VeritageMiami (formerly United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival) brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community. VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. VeritageMiami is part of Veritage, a series of celebrations of wine, food and philanthropy.


Pabst Blue Ribbon and Tomato Art Fest

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Tomato Art Fest

The Tomato Art Fest, founded by Bret and Meg MacFadyen, has consistently brought together community artists, local vendors and art supply brand names under one banner. Created in 2004, the celebration has consistently impacted late summer crowds with seasonal gratitude and urban displays.