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Final Snapshots From South Beach

The demos, food, and cocktails weren't the only things at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. There's also the tents, the people, and the beach. Basically, there was a lot going on! From celebrity chef sightings to late-night parties, I snapped photos of it all. At one point, I had total sensory overload. To get a better look at the event, I've put together a large gallery of images.

The glorious view of the beach!

Spike Mendelsohn hamming things up at the Burger Bash.

After the Burger Bash, all the Food Network personalities gathered at the Food Network party.

It was cold out, so most people hung out in this tented area.

I loved the decorations: Hanging leis and glowing glass globes with candles. I'm definitely going to steal these ideas for a future party!

Check it out after the break.

The glorious view of the beach!

Spike Mendelsohn hamming things up at the Burger Bash.

After the Burger Bash, all the Food Network personalities gathered at the Food Network party.

It was cold out, so most people hung out in this tented area.

I loved the decorations: Hanging leis and glowing glass globes with candles. I'm definitely going to steal these ideas for a future party!

After pigging out on beef and beer at the Burger Bash, I need a refreshing vodka press.

There were lines everywhere. And scalpers selling tickets. This one, to get into the festival, stretched from the beach to the street.

The festival entrance. Everything is on the sand, so if you ever plan on attending, be sure not to wear heels!

Upon entering the festival, guests are greeted with a huge demo stage.

Everything at the festival is lined up in a long row. At the very end are the tasting tents.

The tasting tents where all the eating and drinking happens.

Hey look, it's Fabio Viviani and he's actually cooking!

The view from the tasting tents? Not too shabby.

You can bet I hung out at this Pommery station for awhile.

I tried crocodile for the first time in a crock chili. It wasn't my favorite.

A sand castle is being made in the middle of the two tasting tents, how fun is that?

There's the host of the BubbleQ, Emeril Lagasse, busy making sandwiches.

John Besh was working hard, too.

The elegant crowd at the Best of the Best.

For his demo, Bobby's sous chef was Melissa d'Arabian.

The Food Network logo was everywhere — including the back chairs.

Rachael Ray cracks a smile at her demo.

She made three types of sliders including the pulled pork seen here.

Kitchenaid was a sponsor, so naturally their colorful mixers were on display.

Feast, a new website from NBC, had a booth where Ben Leventhal interviewed different food personalities. Here, he's chatting with Gail Simmons.

Claire Robinson invited Anne Burrell up to the stage to taste one of her cocktails.

Unfortunately, it was a little too strong for Anne.

Sandra wore a princess headband during her demo.

Ming Tsai on the stage at his demo.

I still don't get why everyone is given a goody bag when they arrive at the festival. Who wants to lug around a heavy bag all day? Not me, I picked up mine on the way out of the tents.

The finished sandcastle!

Editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Dana Cown happily chats with Ben Leventhal.

Lee Schrager is the host of the festival, so he introduced a lot of the top talent.

The demo schedule.

There was a huge line of people hoping to get a book signed by Emeril.

Duff made a special appearance at Michael Symon's demo.

And also at Anne Burrells!

Morimoto snuck up behind Burrell when she wasn't looking and scared her.

Then, Anne jumped on the stage during Claire's demo.

One last look at the beautiful Florida beach!
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