Nobody's going to blame you if South Beach Wine & Food Festival (tomorrow-Sunday) snuck up on you this week.
After all, with Valentine's Day and President's Weekend planning, who had time to be thinking about the best food and wine festival in all the land?
Us, of course. Here's a list of stellar events with tickets just like you need them: still available.
Iron Chef and daytime TV host Michael Symon mans the barbecue while Moët Hennessy pours the bubbly stuff at this festival mainstay. Oh, and there will be swimsuit models.
Thu 6:15-10p. Esurance North Venue, beachside at Delano, 1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach (305-672-2000). $400 here.
Robert Irvine has taken on some monumental challenges on his show Restaurant: Impossible, so this kitchen takeover should be a breeze — a breeze headlined by shrimp and grits and crackerjack milkshakes.
Fri Noon. Tongue & Cheek, 431 Washington Avenue, South Beach (305-704-2900). $75. Call for reservations.
The Big Gay Ice Cream Social
New York City's Big Gay Ice Cream takes on marriage inequality with scoops of the cold stuff and celebrity chefs, including Art Smith, Lorena Garcia, and Todd Erickson from Huahua’s Taqueria.
Sat Noon-4p. James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Ave., South Beach (305-604-5700). Free, but donations are smiled upon.
Evening Under the Stars
The Napa Valley's Joseph Phelps Vineyards is known to make one of the world's greatest vintages, and here you'll have the chance to see how those grapes pair with the work of The Forge's Chef Dewey LoSasso.
Sun 7p. Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (305-918-6777). $213, plus tax. Call for reservations.
Fried & True: A Fried Chicken Seminar
Food writer Adeena Sussman and festival founder Lee Brian Schrager pair wines with one of the South's favorite things to drop into a deep fryer.
Sun 11a-noon. Ritz Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd., South Beach (786-276-4000). $85 here.