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Insider Tips for the Best-Ever Seed Food and Wine Experience

We’re just days away from the kickoff of Seed Food and Wine Festival, which means it’s time to get strategic about everything you want to see, do, and EAT.

With five full days of plant-based parties and events to choose from, the week can feel a little overwhelming. But with a little insider advice from Seed experts, you’ll be better prepared to maximize your time — and your taste buds.

  • With Seed events hosted in some of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods, parking can be a challenge. On Miami Beach, your best bet is to scope out the public parking lots in the areas near the venues. They’ll offer the best prices and are likely to have the most spots available. Valet is available at each of the venues, but it’s a lot pricier. In Wynwood, there’s plenty of street parking if you’re willing to park a couple blocks from the venues and walk.

  • On Festival Day, it’s easy to get full — fast. Some of the vendors are likely to be super packed — Ben & Jerry’s, Kite Hill, Atlas Meat-Free Deli, etc. Try to hit those, first, then make the rounds to all the others.

  • The same advice applies at the Plant-Based Burger Battle. With 14 competitors, that’s a lot of burgers (and beer). Try not to eat much earlier in the day so there’s plenty of room for sampling, and check out the list of competitors to see whose you want to try first. There’ll be brews with each burger, too, so remember not to fill up on liquid.

  • When it comes to celebrities, Seed has a lengthy lineup of stars. Check out our talent list and make a list of the people you’re most interested in seeing. Often, chefs, athletes, and authors make themselves available for meet and greets, selfies, and other fan encounters. If it’s a chef you’re dying to see, take note of when they’ll be on stage doing cooking demos on festival day — or even better, snag tickets to their private dinner.

  • If you're coming in from out of town, try to maximize your off-time. There's TONS to see and do in South Florida, so take note of the Seed schedule and plan some fun outings when there are breaks between events. Here are a few of our recommendations: check out Wynwood Walls, opt into some spa treatments at the Eden Roc, take a yoga class at the Love Life Wellness Center, visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, soak up some sun on South Beach, take a tour with HistoryMiami, see some amazing art at PAMM, etc. Feel free to ask for activity suggestions on our Facebook page.

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