The world’s largest, flashiest, and most expensive yachts will drop anchor in South Florida this weekend at the 31st-annual Miami Yacht Show. Instead of taking place in Miami Beach as it has for the past 30 years, the five-day event, running Thursday, January 14 through Monday, January 18, will debut on the mainland at One Herald Plaza in downtown Miami.
If you’re not in the market for a new boat, this year’s show has a new reason why you should consider spending the weekend surrounded by yachts: Digging into food and drink cooked up by some of Miami’s best.
With the event’s new and larger location, there’s room for a handful of food and beverage experiences curated by local restaurants and bars.
Among the eateries, Sunset Harbour’s Sunny Poke, which is operated by Sunny Oh, chef and owner of popular spots such as Juvia and Sushi Garage, will dish out classic tuna and salmon bowls topped with a range of ingredients, from tempura crumbs to avocado.
Miami Beach’s late-night taco spot, Bodega, will drive its airstream to the event site, serving chips and dips, Nutella churros, al pastor tacos, and vegan asado tacos made with a bean-based protein.
Otherwise, Ms. Cheezious, Truluck’s, BPA Grill and Paella, Burger Boys, and World Famous Egg Rolls will set up kiosks with their best-selling dishes, from seafood to burgers and grilled cheese. As for drinks, wine and craft cocktails will be available, and Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé will be poured by the glass as the show’s official rosé.
Opt for the Miami Yacht Show’s VIP option, which will grant access to the Windward VIP lounge with elevated food and drink offerings, including a premium open bar, brunches, and happy hours. Kilgore Culinary, chef Brad Kilgore’s culinary company, will create cocktails exclusively for the event on Saturday. Whispering Angel will also host wine tastings and a daily rosé and oyster happy hour.
In addition to the show, kick off the weekend with Yacht of Love Valentine’s Day at One Herald Plaza. The Thursday evening event from 6 to 9 p.m. will include tacos from Bodega, pours of rosé, Moscow mule cocktails, and desserts for $50 per person.
Miami Yacht Show. Thursday, February 14 to Monday, February 18, at One Herald Plaza, NE 14th St., and Biscayne Bay, Miami. Tickets cost $47 for opening day on Thursday, February 14 and $28 per person on Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18. VIP tickets cost $200 per person per day. Purchase at miamiyachtshow.com.