Kicking off the festival were culinary celebrity chefs and personalities Sunny Anderson, Eric Adjepong, Marcus Samuelson and brunch with rap icons Pharrell Williams and Run DMC and ‘tacos an tequila’ hosted by actor and restaurateur Danny Trejo.
Jacksonville foodies were on the scene sampling plates, cocktails and small bites leaving their palates wanting more from 450 culinary and industry experts, including over twenty minority owned brands, 90+ festival events and 1200 volunteers to assist the event to benefit Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center.
Andrew Jackson High School graduate and traveling Chef Vennetta doted on her first time opportunity at the event, “This opportunity was a real win-win to be amongst our culinary peers. My goal is to become a Food Network Chopped Champion,” she said.
Starting as a one-day festival in 1997, SOBEWFF collaborated with the Food Network in 2007 and the rest is history as more than 60K attendees support the event each year! To date, the Festival has raised more than $34 million for the School.