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The Food Network South Beach Food and Wine Festival took over the city last weekend for the yearly fundraiser to benefit various South Florida charities.

The annual event attracts food lovers from around the globe and it’s easy to see why. Some of the finest culinary experts – including Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay – flock to the event in efforts to support the charities, take part in cooking demonstrations, and to simply tantalize your taste buds.

From Rachael Ray's ‘Burger Bash’ to Tom Colicchio's ‘Bubble-Q’, the city was filled with the aroma of fine foods, tasty treats and highly sought after nibbles. Fancy cocktails, fine wine, and juicy burgers filled various tasting parties, which were held in chic tents sprawled out across the white sandy beaches.

The family friendly event offered everything from the Whole Foods Tasting Village to lectures on eating right and proper nutrition at the South Beach Diet presents Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen.

Top Chef season 5 contestants were also on hand to do what they do best.

In addition to taking part in the Food Festival, the top chefs showcased their skills at Saturday evenings Top Chef party hosted by Jeff McInnis. The intimate event, held at the amazing penthouse of the Pelican Hotel, included a variety of tasting stations from Top Chef season five contestants Jeff McInnis, Hosea Rosenberg, Leah Cohen, Jamie Lauren, Melissa Harrison and season four winner Hung Huynh. From the ‘amuse bouche’s’ to the cucumber mojito’s, there wasn’t an unsatisfied guest in the suite.

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