Jupiter’s annual Food and Wine Festival goes virtual, benefits dog beach

Forced to scrap its popular annual tasting event this spring due to the coronavirus shutdown, the Friends of Jupiter Beach (FJB) has taken its food and wine festival to a more intimate venue — your home kitchen. © Melanie Bell, The Palm Beach Post Mireille Petit-Frere of Palm Beach Gardens (right) […]

Forced to scrap its popular annual tasting event this spring due to the coronavirus shutdown, the Friends of Jupiter Beach (FJB) has taken its food and wine festival to a more intimate venue — your home kitchen.



a group of people riding horses on a beach: Mireille Petit-Frere of Palm Beach Gardens (right) watches as dogs and beach walkers pass by. She decided to celebrate her 65th birthday at her "favorite place," the beach, on Sunday morning, March 4, at Jupiter Beach . "I'm a Pisces, of course" said Petit-Frere. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)


© Melanie Bell, The Palm Beach Post
Mireille Petit-Frere of Palm Beach Gardens (right) watches as dogs and beach walkers pass by. She decided to celebrate her 65th birthday at her “favorite place,” the beach, on Sunday morning, March 4, at Jupiter Beach . “I’m a Pisces, of course” said Petit-Frere. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)

The foodie event, which raises funds for South Florida’s most beloved dog beach, goes virtual next week. Originally planned as a traditional walk-around grand tasting event, the FJB Food and Wine Festival instead will showcase some local chefs and restaurants as they cook favorite dishes.

Fest-goers are invited to cook along at home on Saturday, Oct. 17. For the price of admission ($26), virtual attendees receive the recipes in advance, access to the cooking tutorials and a seat at the festival’s two-day, online auction. 

Featured recipes include the wild mushroom strudel from Café Chardonnay’s chef/owner Frank Eucalitto, the bourbon-barbecue braised pork shoulder from Cooper’s Hawk, the coconut-crusted crab cakes from Tommy Bahama and a pumpkin spice crepe cake from Little Moir’s Hibiscus Street Catering.  

The advance recipes allow fest-goers time to fetch the ingredients for any or all of the featured dishes.  

The event’s proceeds go to keeping Jupiter Beach clean and open to the pups. The festival, which has helped FJB host monthly beach clean-ups, remove 490 pounds of garbage each month and keep the beach’s 29 dog bag stations fully stocked.

The festival’s shift comes during a time when prominent local events have had to cancel long-running fests. In September, the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival announced it would not return this season for the first time in 14 years. And just this week, organizers of the 2021 Lake Worth Beach Street Paining Festival announced it would cancel the event that had been scheduled for late February.



a man with a rainbow in the sky: Young friends check out surfing conditions at Jupiter Beach as a rainbow forms over the ocean in December 2018. Volunteers and supporters of the dog-friendly beach work each month to keep the beach clean for residents.


© Richard Graulich
Young friends check out surfing conditions at Jupiter Beach as a rainbow forms over the ocean in December 2018. Volunteers and supporters of the dog-friendly beach work each month to keep the beach clean for residents.

Friends of Jupiter Beach Food + Wine Festival

What: The popular annual foodie event goes virtual this year.

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $26, available at event.gives/beaches

Festival auction: Opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and ends 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Details will be sent to those who purchase tickets. 

More info at: FJBFoodandWine.org

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Jupiter’s annual Food and Wine Festival goes virtual, benefits dog beach

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