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South Beach Wine and Food Festival digs into Fort Lauderdale

South Beach Wine and Food Festival digs into Fort Lauderdale

At this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, a cast of local chefs and Food Network celebrities aim to take a big bite out of Fort Lauderdale.

Blame organizer Lee Brian Schrager for the extra traffic and black limousines. He has outgrown Miami, and after 14 years of nurturing his megapopular event on the sands of South Beach, the festival's trek north into Broward County felt "like a natural push."

"Why Fort Lauderdale? It's home," Schrager says of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, whose 15th edition kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 24, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 28.

Schrager's Broward expansion is the newest dish at the Food Network- and...

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