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April 2019

FIU Hotel, Conference Center, and Alumni Center 

Florida International University continues to ground its roots in the city of Sweetwater towards its mission to remain ‘Worlds ahead.’ Recently approved by the Florida Board of Governors, it will be first university in South Florida to build a privately funded $66 million university-affiliated hotel and conference center. This new facility will host academic, research, and professional conferences that will serve to establish relationships between the FIU community and outer institutions and organizations. Our eager students will have valuable opportunities to seek mentorships, employment, or pursue networking and leadership development translating into industry related experience. An influx of visitors will boost local businesses creating a labor demand for newly created jobs. The FIU Hotel, Conference Center, and Alumni Center, set to be located on the northwest corner of campus near the recreation fields and the Florida Turnpike, is scheduled for completion in Fall of 2021.

February 2019

The 3rd annual Brew Miami — Craft Beer & Food Pairing Festival

Brought to you by Florida International University staff members in collaboration with Miami Brewers Alliance, a non-profit organization of brewers educating consumers and supporting start-Ups, Brew Miami finishes its third year successfully quenching the thirst of beer lovers and pleasuring the taste buds of foodies alike. Highlighting dozens of the most distinctive local breweries, recognized restaurants and charming food trucks, the event works to spur public excitement and stimulate growth in the craft beer industry. A care-free ambiance with promising a good time keeps spectators intrigued as the festival has become a crowd favorite with the anticipation building for the next year’s Brew Miami. All proceeds gathered from Brew Miami partially benefit the United Way.

November 2018

The 2nd annual North Miami Brewfest — Learn, Brew, Taste.

North Miami BrewFest is a one-day beer festival, which just took place on Saturday November 10th, featuring some of the best craft breweries and their one-of-a-kind beers. Its mission is to help continue to influence brewing science education and innovation for the craft beer industry, brewpubs, and homebrew organizations. The event includes several educational seminars delivered by faculty and top industry experts who share unparalleled expertise and passion for beer brewing and the science behind it. NoMi BrewFest began as a student project, led by hospitality management students at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Proceeds from the North Miami Brewfest support the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and its Brewing Science program.  

January 2018

The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21 – 25, 2018. Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival attracts more than 65,000 guests annually and has raised more than $26 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). More than 1,200 students assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers. Next year’s edition will feature more than 90 events, including signature fan-favorite soirées, an array of new parties and intimate dining experiences, an expanded CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, and much more. In September 2017, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fifth year in a row.

MIAMI BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 27: Wine being poured during the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village Featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Grand Tasting Village on February 27, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for SOBEWFF®)