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Friday April 16- Sunday April 18. Merrick Festival, A visual, culinary and artistic celebration in the Gables, with the participation of Sister Cities Aix-en-Provence, France, and Pisa, Italy. Highlights: Taste the Gables; Food offered by Coral Gables Restaurants and chefs from Sister Cities, "Art in the tropics;" an art exhibition featuring over 50 artists, and Performing Arts including a concert on Sunday, April 18 @ 1 p.m. by French musicians Christian-Pierre Lamarca (Cello) et son frère Adrien Lamarca (Viola). Downtown Coral Gables. For information: www.MerrickFestival.org


Saturday, April 17, 9:30am - 6pm (Gates close at 5pm) Miccosukee 29th Annual Everglades Music & Crafts Festival This annual American Indian fundraising in benefit of the tribe's educational programs is a day of fun for the entire family! With continuous musical entertainment, arts, crafts, fashion, food, and the Miccosukees' famous Indian alligator wrestling. Airboat rides are available for an additional cost. No pets or alcoholic beveragesare allowed. Music schedule: 11:00am, Let it Be - Beatles Tribute band; 1:30pm., Miccosukee Indian Fashion Show; 2:30pm., World Classic Rockers - classic rock All-star band with Lynyrd Skynrd & Toto formerly of Steppenwolf and Journey; 4:30pm., Johnny Winter Band with James Montgomery. Miccosukee Indian Village, the everglades, approximately 25 miles west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail (US Hwy 41 / 8th St) and 70 miles southeast of Naples. For information call Deborah Tiger: 305-223-8380, Cost: Donation for Adults $15; Children $7 (7-12 years); Children 6 & under FREE). www.Miccosukee.com


Saturday morning, April 17, 8am, the annual Merrick Festival Historic Bike Tour of Coral Gables will be presented by Florida Power and Light. This year, the new Gables trolley will lead the 10 mile, two hour tour. Riders will be treated to water, bananas and comfort stations. The tour ends back at City Hall where the opening festivities of the Merrick Festival begin as the bikers return from the tour. Coral Gables City Hall. Registration opens at 7am. ($15 in advance, $20 at registration). merrickfestival.org/BikeTour.html


Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Pommery Champagne Dinner. Four-course prix-fixe menu prepared by Executive Chefs Michael Rodriguez and Michael Neal and paired with Pommery Champagne (Champagnes include Pommery Brut Royal, Pommery Brut Royal Rose, Pommery Cuvee Louise 89 and Pommery Brut Apanage). METRO KITCHEN + BAR is located in the Hotel Astor at 956 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, FL. For reservations, please call (305) 672-7217. Cost: $89 per person.


Monday, April 19th, 7:00 PM, Montecillo Rioja Winemaker Dinner. An American Institute of Wine & Food dinner hosted by Winemaker Maria Martinez-Sierra, pairing Chef Edgar Leal's menu with the latest Montecillo wines as well as other selections from the Osborne family's wines and spirits from Spain. Cacao Restaurant, 141 Giralda Avenue. (discounted for AIWF members). 305-663-9641. Cost: $95.


Monday April 19, 7:00 pm, Wine Dinner with Olivier Humbrecht at Pascal's on Ponce, with master of wine Olivier Humbrecht. Menu: Amuse Bouche, * Hudson Valley Foie Gras Tour Chon, fine Gelee and Figures Marmelade, * Diver Sea Scallops tarte, parmesan sable, crème braised leeks, truffle beurre blanc, *Braised Saddle of Farm Rabbit, roasted cepes, wilted swiss chard and cippolini onions, *Ginger Spice Tuiles. An array of wines from the 97, 99, 00 and 01 vintages with some surprises. Space limited please reserve now. Please call Wolfe's Wine Shoppe for reservations. $305-445-4567; 305-448-7890. 125 per person all inclusive.


Tuesday. April 20th, 7:30pm., a six course Thomas Fogarty Wine Dinner hosted by winemaker Michael Martella who will comment on the wines and will showcase the inaugural release of the 2001 Martella "Hammer" California Syrah. All of the wines tasted at the dinner will be sold at special "event night only" discounted prices. Biscayne Wine Merchants & Bistro, 738 NE 125th St., Miami. Tel: (305) 899-1997. Cost: $75 per person, inclusive of tax & gratuity.


Thursday, April 22nd, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m: Evening Under The Stars. An annual event of The Vizcayans with a cornucopia of Food and Wine, the participation of local restaurants, and wines from Oregon, California and South America. With wine seminars and live DJ music for dancing, in benefit of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. 305-856-4866. Cost: $25 for Vizcayan members in advance ($30 at the door) and $35 for non-members ($40 at the door).


Friday April 23rd to Sunday Apr 25th, The 19th Annual Great Wine Seminar, Sponsored by L'ecole du Vin, and moderated by wine luminaries such as Robert Parker, Michael Broadbent, Jancis Robinson, Matt Kramer, and more. Seminars and gala dinner by chef Eberhard Mueller. At the Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel 2669, Coconut Grove. For more details: www.thegreatwineseminar.com


Saturday, April 24, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. The Second Annual Dames D'Escoffier Fundaising Dinner, an alfresco Sunset Champagne and Orchid Dinner in benefit of South Miami-Dade Farmers and Migrant workers. Starting with a Champagne and bus shuttle, a tour of some farms, a cocktail party, a "country chic dinner" at Bob Fuch's Orchid Farm, and a silent auction. With live music. For reservations call Susan: 305-895-3400. (Cost including Champagne and bus shuttle: $125).


Friday, April 30 to Sunday May 2. Food, Wine, Music, Golf, Auctions! The 8th Annual Biltmore International Food and Wine Weekend, a grand Food and Wine event in benefit of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. With a Golf Classic and a Grand Food and Wine Tasting, Friday, April 30; A Winemaker Dinner with "Six Kitchen Divas" and musical performance by "Manhattan Transfer" prepared by an all-female cast of celebrity chefs, Saturday, May 1; and an Interactive Culinary Luncheon with Silent Auction, on Sunday, May 2. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. For more details and information on Festival and cost, please call the Cellar Club at 305-913-3203, or visit www.biltmorewineweekend.com


Friday April 30 and Saturday May 1, The Miami Food and Wine Festival, in benefit of United Way of Miami-Dade and Baptist Health South Florida Foundation. The culinary and wine event offers an array of wine tastings, seminars, live and silent auctions including travel packages and rare wines,gourmet foods and an interactive dinner prepared by celebrity chefs Michelle Bernstein of Azul, Douglas Rodriguez of Ola!, and Didier Verot of Manhattan's Aix, with a featured winemaker at each table Intercontinental Hotel, downtown Miami. www.miamiwinefestival.com


Thursday April 29, 6:00 p.m. Reception at Azul Bar, 6:30 p.m. Dinner. Seduction of Food and Wines, Au Bon Climat Wine Dinner. A five-course gastronomic journey with chef Michelle Berstein's signature dishes paired with vintages of Au Bon Climat carefully chosen by sommelier Richard Hales. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Limited seats, 20 persons only. To make reservations: (305) 913-8333. Cost: $145 per person.


Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm to 10:30pm. WINES OF ARGENTINA AND CHILE (Bodega Catena Zapata, Felipe Rutini, Santa Rita "Medalla," Concha Y Toro, and more…) paired with a four-course "Connoisseurs" dinner (limited to 20 people). Tasters' Reception 7:30pm to 9:00pm, with International Cheeses and 6 different passed hors d'oeuvres. The Wine Club at The National Hotel . !700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For information and reservations, please contact wineclub@nationalhotel.com or 305-423-7274. (Tasters' Reception $45.00; Tasters' Reception and Dinner $65.00, including taxes and service. Valet Parking available at $10).


Wednesday, May 5, 12th Annual Broward/South Palm Beach County "Taste of the Nation." A food and wine fund raiser, in benefit of the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton and the Daily Bread Food Bank. Food and wine aficionados eagerly anticipate the vibrant party atmosphere the annual event offers along with live and silent auctions, fabulous foods created by over 50 chefs and local restaurant, and wine, champagne and spirits donated by wine distributors. At the Fort Lauderdale/ Broward Convention Center. (VIP tickets for "Taste of the Nation 2004" are $125 including a private VIP champagne at 6:00p.m and early preferred access admission to the participating restaurant food and wine stations. General admission tickets are $75 per person before event and $85 per person at the door and include the Martini Reception. Prime sponsorship opportunities are also available and volunteer committees are being assembled) Call 1-888-633-9861, extension 456 for tickets and information on how to become a part of this outstanding fundraiser.


Media and Trade ONLY
Wednesday, May 12 , 2 to 5 p.m., RED, WHITE AND BUBBLY. A Loire Valley Wine Tasting.
The Loire Valley is France's third largest AOC wine region, second largest region for sparkling wine and most popular region for wine in restaurants. The Loire produces a range of wines -- red, white, rosé, still, sparkling and dessert wines -- of the highest quality unheard of in any other wine region. Wines of the Loire, such as Sancerre, Vouvray and Chinon, have set international standards for Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. But for all their diversity, Loire wines share certain characteristics. They are all best enjoyed with food. The Omni Colonnade, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, RSVP Loire Valley Wine Bureau: 212-244-0800 or info@loirevalleywine.com
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