By Danielle Charbonneau

This weekend foodies flocked to Fort Lauderdale for “The Grand Tasting” — a signature event of the Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival. Here’s a visual sampling of some of the culinary treats you you missed. But don’t worry — these delectable dishes were served by local restaurants you might want to go try!

A spicy tofu in a mushroom gravy prepared by Meatless in Miami, a vegan restaurant in Miami -
Chefs from Diplomat Prime prepare a braised short rib with micro greens -
A braised short rib with micro greens prepared by Diplomat Prime, a 4-Diamond Steakhouse located in Hollywood, Florida -
A brand new fast-casual restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Salad Boss, serves samples of a homemade tuna salad and a chicken caesar pasta salad. -
A vegetarian pizza with zucchini and an edible squash blossom served by Pizzeria Magaddino located inside Gulf Stream Brewery in Fort Lauderdale. -
A smoked pork and pickled onion Bao Bun served by Temple Street Eatery -
A fresh ceviche bursting with passionfruit and micro greens from the beachside modern Mexican restaurant Lona Cocina & Tequileria on Fort Lauderdale Beach. -
A Mediterranean inspired octopus and potato dish served by La Fuga Rooftop Bar in Fort Lauderdale - /
A mango cocktail with Tiki Suntory, Aperol, mango, lime and vanilla served by a mixologist from a Fuga Rooftop Bar in Fort Lauderdale. -
A chef from a new vegan restaurant opening soon in Fort Lauderdale — Dope Azz Vegan Cafe — served a black bean and corn salsa. -
The longest line of the day was for Italian ices and Gelati served by Cecilia's Gourmet in Coral Springs -
A smoked crab cake on a Hawaiian bun served by the oceanside Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale -
A drink made with honey served by a fittingly dressed representative for Barr Hill Reserve.
Festivalgoers waited in a line to taste elevated pizza by Pizzeria Magaddino -

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