Things to Do in Miami Food Events February 7 through February 9, 2020


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This weekend, the Miami Rum Congress returns to Miami Beach with demos, tastings, and seminars, while Scarpetta has a special menu for Miami Marathon runners. Plus, enjoy the annual Coral Gables Kitchen Tour, Brew Miami at Riccardo Silva Stadium, and the second annual Plant-Based Festival

You can never have too much rum.

You can never have too much rum.

Photo by Laine Doss

Miami Rum Congress at the Shane Center

The Mami Rum Congress comes to town to highlight rum from around the world. The two-day event will showcase a handful of brands that have spearheaded the making of rum as a premium spirit. Friday is the focus of the educational program, which includes a series of symposiums and seminars hosted by leading experts. Saturday features several independent sessions, including branding networking and tastings. Friday, February 7, 1 p.m. through Saturday, February 8, 8 p.m. at the Shane Center, 6500 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; Tickets cost between $ 35 and $ 130 via

Put your middle finger on Valentine's Day in the Citadel.EXPAND

Put your middle finger on Valentine’s Day in the Citadel.

Photo by Karli Evans @allseingmedia

Stupid Cupid in the citadel

Before the annual Romance Day arrives, the Citadel nips it in the bud by throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party. Stupid Cupid offers specialty cocktails and karaoke on the building’s roof. While you’re at it, head to the dining room for pastries from Bachour or tacos from Taquiza. Saturday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-908-3849; Admission is free.

Get your carbs to fix before the race.EXPAND

Get your carbs to fix before the race.

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Carb Up for the Miami Marathon in Scarpetta

Prepare for the annual Miami Marathon with a limited “Carb Up” award in Scarpetta. The menu is $ 39 and is available on Fridays and Saturdays. It offers specially made products to ensure optimal performance during the marathon. The three-course menu includes a selection of antipasti such as burrata with basil pesto or creamy polenta with truffle mushrooms. Pasta such as spaghetti with tomatoes and basil or duck foie gras ravioli; and vanilla bean cheesecake or Amedei chocolate cake for dessert. Friday, February 7th, 6pm to 8pm and Saturday, February 8th, Scarpetta, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-326-7412;

Concrete Beach will be pouring beer at Brew MiamiEXPAND

Concrete Beach will be pouring beer at Brew Miami

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Brew Miami at the Riccardo Silva Stadium

Organized by staff from Florida International University and the Miami Brewers Alliance, Brew Miami is returning with more than 20 breweries and liquor makers including Lincoln’s Beard, Concrete Beach, LauderAle Brewery and Islamorada Beer Co. aiming to bring locally made beer and Miami too promote burgeoning beer industry with an evening of chilled foam, unlimited food from nearby restaurants, music, and live entertainment. Some event proceeds will benefit the United Way. Saturday, February 8, 5 to 10 p.m. at Riccardo Silva Stadium, 11310 SW 17th St., Miami; 305-348-4263. Tickets are $ 60 to $ 150 through

Ready to be envious of the kitchen?EXPAND

Ready to be envious of the kitchen?

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11th Annual Kitchen Tour in Coral Gables

Spend Saturday touring the most luxurious kitchens in Coral Gables homes. When moving from house to house, enjoy snacks and desserts and drink juicy drinks. Also, expect cooking demos, appliance raffles, and an area to buy housewares. Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2701 S. Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables. Tickets are $ 75 through

Throw away the meat in 2020.EXPAND

Throw away the meat in 2020.

Photo courtesy Gulfstream Park

Plant-based festival at Gulfstream Park

The City of Hallandale Beach, Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub and the Village in Gulfstream Park are hosting a day of food and drink, music, giveaways from vendors and competitions during the second annual Plant-Based Festival. Suppliers and wellness companies offer gluten-free and plant-based foods, beverages and desserts as well as lotions and creams, products and clothing from organic farming and recycled materials. The free event also includes workshops, lectures, and yoga related to health and wellness. Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m. at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; Admission is free.

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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).

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