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A Michelin-Starred Lineup at VERITAGEMIAMI

If you’re the type of person whose eyes light up at the sight or sound of the word “Michelin,” then next week is made for you, and it’s all happening in Miami! United Way Miami’s annual Wine & Food Festival, April 17th-20th, is celebrating its 18th year by undergoing a very upscale, very haute cuisine makeover that is sure to draw in South Florida’s serious gourmands. Eschewing its old moniker, the festival is now going by the name VERITAGEMIAMI, and to show the South Florida food scene that it means business, they are having none other than the legendary Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud to headline the four day event.

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Get Ready to Googa Mooga!

After a bumpy first run Great Googa Mooga is back for the second installment of the food, drink and music festival. Thought of as an “amusement park” for foodies, guests of the inaugural Mooga were disappointed and frustrated to say the least but event organizer, Superfly (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands), heard the cries of the people and reorganized their event. Instead of just a 2-day event, the 2013 Great Googa Mooga will be three days, May 17th through May 19th at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival tickets still available

February is upon us, and it’s only a few weeks until the year’s most important food event, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, begins. Tickets to the nearly countless events have been on sale since before 2013 even started, and while some of the more coveted events are sold out, there are still tickets available to some very exciting dinners, tastings, and parties that are sure to be the highlight of your year. A list of all available events for this year’s Wine & Food Festival can be seen at www.sobefest.com, but here are some highlights that any foodie should definitely not miss:

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The Fork and The Cork Festival Hits Mount Airy Casino

This past weekend, Fork and The Cork hosted its sixth annual event, displaying Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier wine and food at Mount Airy Casino Resort. The event, which is sponsored by igourmet.com and Entercom Communications, brought together the ultimate foodies and wine aficionados from the area, where they sampled gourmet foods, wines, beers, and spirits in the beautiful Fall weather. A whopping 1,100 guests showed up for the scrumptious event.

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Joie du Vivre at Le Taste of France

Joie de Vivre at Le Taste of France at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 is the first ever two-day event celebrating French cuisine and the French way of life. Join renowned French food personalities from some of New York’s best restaurants as they join forces to prepare for guests a comprehensive guide to the diverse culinary offerings that France has to offer. With all proceeds of the event going to Action Against Hunger, guests will enjoy food and drinks, a French flea market, live music by popular French musicians, wine tasting seminars, play a the classic game of pétanque, view modern French artworks, and even vote on the cutest French Bulldog. If you happen to have the cutest French Bulldog ever, upload a picture on Le Taste of France’s Facebook for your chance to win!

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The 19th Annual Taste of Times Square

Last year, for the first time in its history, the festival moved from Restaurant Row to the pedestrian plazas on Broadway causing some longtime participants, used to serving right outside their restaurants, to opt out. The outdoor food festival will return to its original home on Restaurant Row on West 46th Street while still having a presence on the Broadway pedestrian plazas from West 45th to West 47th streets.

On top of all the food, the fest will have a few extra quirky additions. Percussion lovers can get the beat at the Drum Cafe, an interactive African Drumming circle, and free swing lessons from Dance Manhattan Studios.

Click here for the full listing of participating restaurants.

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Celebrate the Candy of Meats!

Come celebrate the “candy of meats” on June 23rd in Times Square where bacon-lovers big and small will gather at the Arena Events Space for the first annual Bacon Bash! This bacon-centric event will feature bacon-inspired cocktails, treats, and bacon souvenirs. Food vendors, such as Tommy Lasagna, Lucky 777 Chili Company, Little Town NYC will be serving savory and others will be serving savory bacon treats while sweet bacony goodness will be served by Baconery, Bacon Bites, and more.

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The Great Googa Mooga’s Food-tastic Schedule

Between pigging out at the Hamageddon pavilion, traversing The Market and all its artisanal goods, and getting your sugar fix at the Sweets Circus at this weekend’s Great Googa Mooga Festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park (May 19 & 20) you'll find amazing seminars and demonstrations given by the industry’s leading professionals. If you were lucky enough to snag a general admission ticket—if you didn’t make the cut, don’t feel bad, tickets sold out incredibly fast—here’s a rundown of the some of the not-to-be-missed foodie happenings at the festival.

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Inside LUCKYRICE Festival's Asian Night Market

While some residents of NYC were busy drinking margaritas in sombreros last Saturday there was another food event happening hidden below the Brooklyn-side of the Manhattan Bridge. The LUCKYRICE Night Market was part of the week-long LUCKYRICE Festival (May 1‑7th) hosted by LUCKYRICE, a media and marketing company whose motto is "If we are what we eat, we're all part Asian." LUCKYRICE specializes in bringing the diversity of Asian culture and cuisine to North American diners. In celebration of the festival’s third year, the 2012 LUCKYRICE Night Market paid homage to the unique experience of an Asian night market.