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Sobe wine and food fest grand tasting is $225?!!

Can someone do a graph of the wildly escalating price of this event, where for that princely sum you experience 80-degree Miami to the fullest: packed into a tent that magnifies the heat to the mid-90s, where you can line 3-deep like pigs at a trough to get a sloppy pour of ripple?
Burger bash $225?!
I could go on, but is anything worth it this year?

Better still: do you know of any fringe/pop-up events that take place during the event but not as PART of WFF, that take advantage of the fact that we have all these visiting chefs?

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  1. The first year we had comp tix but I remember it was around $50 and it was a blast. It went downhill from there. I can't believe Burger Bash is $225. For $25 you can go to a sitdown dinner at Bourbon Steak w 5 chefs from SFO and eat with real plates and silverware. Price points are very erratic.

    1. Whent two years ago on a freebie. Crowds out of control. Fight for food or drink and impossible parking. Never again. Even for free.

      1. People pay to see and interact with the celebs. It is essentially the same business model as a rock concert.

        1. I'm having similar experiences not only with this event - escalating prices, escalating crowds (and insane behavior trying to get to stations), plummeting enjoyment, plummeting value.

          I'm afraid the organizers are cashing in instead of trying to establish a long term viable event circuit.

          It's a shame.

          1. You charge what you can get...these events aren't geared for locals. South Beach is a destination and this event is another reason to come down. Go to Naoe and call it a day