Published On: Wed, Mar 20th, 2019

Las Olas Wine and Food Festival 2019

South Florida’s Largest Street Party Returns!  Friday, April 5

By Kenny Spahn

Imagine strolling up & down Ft. Lauderdale’s famed Las Olas Boulevard, and getting to stop by nearly every restaurant along the way for some free samples, along with an endless array of wine, craft beer, spirits, and cocktail samplings. Congratulations – you’ve made it to the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival!

The American Lung Association’s Las Olas Wine and Food Festival takes place Friday, April 5, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. along five city blocks of Las Olas Blvd.  Now in its 24th consecutive year, the “Las Olas” is the nation’s biggest, best, and most celebrated all-inclusive culinary street festival.  Ft. Lauderdale’s famed strip closes to vehicular traffic for the event, and becomes one massive street party.  Here’s where an estimated 2,000 fellow foodies and party-goers (like you?) hit the street, and taste their way through unlimited samplings of food, wine, beer, and spirits – and jam to the live music and other activities, including interactive games, intriguing displays, and the general festive party scene, among a few thousand of their new best friends.


Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to taste your way through more than 50 of Broward County’s finest restaurants, hotels, caterers, and chefs. This year’s culinary lineup looks better than ever, including: 15th Street Fisheries, American Social, Angelo Elia Pizza Bar & Tapas, Aruba Beach Café, Beehive Kitchen, Big City Tavern, Boathouse at the Riverside, BurgerFi, Burlock Coast, Casa Sensei, Catered Fit, Colada Cuban Coffee House & Eatery, Council Oak Steakhouse, Crave Rum Cakes, Crowned Waffles, Dunkin, Eat Drink and Be Local Wine, Ethos Greek Bistro, ETARU, Flight 19, Gran Forno, Gelato Petrini, Green Bar & Kitchen, Hard Rock Café, Himmarshee Public House, Indigo, Java & Jam, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Kuro, Lona Cocina, LoveLee Bakeshop, Louie Bossi’s, Ludwig Coffee Mastro’s Ocean Club, Men Pa’w Hot Sauce, Naked Crab at B Ocean Resort, Nikki’s Marinade, Nothing Bundt Cake, One Door East, Papa’s Raw Bar, Pelican Landing, Piazza Italia, Roho Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris, Rhythm & Vine, Scolapasta Bistro, Shooter’s Waterfront, Spa Juice Bar, Spatch, Stache, SuViche, The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, The Balcony, Timpano, TooJay’s Deli, Township, Tuscan Prime, Vale Food Co., Veza Sur Brewery, Wild Sea Oyster Bar, Wings, YOLO, and more!   And to accompany all this fine fare, you also get to sip your way through literally hundreds of wine from over 30 international wineries, along with 100+ various craft beers, high-end spirits, and specialty cocktails.


Also on tap for the evening: Live music, DJ’s, dancing, incredible experiences in the VIP Lounges, interactive sponsor displays, a signature wine-holder necklace for each guest, assorted giveaways, and lots more – plus, of course, plenty of socializing, networking and general frivolity with like-mined party-going food & wine fans. And the best part, it all goes to benefit a worthy cause – the American Lung Association, and its valiant efforts to combat lung disease (the THIRD leading cause of death in the U.S.!), with all proceeds going directly to ALA South Florida.


As LOWFF Committee Chair Katie Leibick proudly notes, “With ALL ticket holders enjoying VIP access, every guest gains access into the VIP Lounges at each intersection, PLUS all luxury tasting pavilions decadently designed on each block. Wine and food tasting Neighborhood Pavilions will transport guests through Greater Fort Lauderdale’s communities as guests experience the very best of our restaurants along with pairing wines!

So get ready to stroll, sip, sample, schmooze, socialize, and celebrate along the Boulevard!

Share the experience on Social Media: #LOWFF | www.LASOLASOFF.COM  | @LasOlasWFF

P.S. Yes, this is an outdoor event, but it’s for the American Lung Association – so try not to SMOKE for a few hours, OK??

The 24th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival is Friday, April 5, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 pm along Las Olas Boulevard (from SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Ave.) in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

Tickets are $150 (while they last), and are 100% all-inclusive, including access to the VIP Lounges for everyone.  The Festival often sells out, and special advance discount promotions are offered, so get your tickets now, while they’re still available!

To purchase tickets, or for more information including a complete lineup of events, visit, or call (954) 727-0907.

All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association and its mission to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the U.S.  For more information about the American Lung Association, visit

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About the Author:  Kenny Spahn is a renowned food critic, culinary columnist, and restaurant authority, and has published over 800 culinary articles. Mr. Spahn also heads up Restaurant Placement Group,  an exclusive recruiting, placement, and consulting firm for the restaurant and hospitality industry. (


About the Author

- KEN SPAHN is an award-winning Food Critic and Culinary Author, and a renowned restaurant & hospitality authority and consultant. He has authored over 800 food-related articles; appeared on numerous TV, radio, online, and print venues; served as Celebrity Judge at culinary competitions; taught Hospitality Management courses at local colleges; appeared as a guest speaker at industry events; consulted and recruited for hundreds of restaurant, hotel, and food service operators; and has been intricately involved in countless food, wine, culinary, and restaurant events. Mr. Spahn is widely recognized as one of Florida's most knowledgeable and well-connected restaurant professionals. Ken Spahn is also the Founder and President of RESTAURANT PLACEMENT GROUP, the exclusive recruiting, consulting, and placement firm for the Restaurant, hospitality, and food service industry. For more information, visit: Boca Raton Tribune is honored to have Mr. Ken Spahn on its team!

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