Editor’s Note: “Our review of the Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival was written based on our team’s experience up until around 3pm, time when we left. Unfortunately we have noticed a thread of comments about the festival outcome that are regretful to know about now. We have decided to keep our story published as originally drafted, but will definitely investigate into what might have happened to disrupt the festival success we had noticed and will keep our audience informed if modified.”
– Original story –
I have lately been to many festivals in Florida, but I have to admit the idea of a pizza festival had never struck my mind until I learned about Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival. Saturdays are always fun in Florida, but this one was a very special one.
The fun started while traveling to Fort Lauderdale as our team decided to go via TriRail. People living in South Florida need to use TriRail more often: you save money, you don’t have the stress of fighting out loud with drivers on I-95, and you become ‘real social’, not Facebook social.
Before getting into pizza photos and reviews, let’s talk about the city host for the Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival. You can’t get it wrong here. It is not only a lovely city by Florida’s east coast, but a haven for fun, art, and the good moments of life we like to experience and treasure under the sun.
One of the top rated tourist destinations in Florida, Fort Lauderdale offers excellent beaches, quintessential palm trees landscapes, and relaxation everywhere you go. Fort Lauderdale’s wide stretches of white sand are larger than any neighboring southern city and perhaps, among the best shores countrywide.
So the “Venice of America” welcomed us to a very unusual type of festival, the first one we have heard of in Florida, and for sure, an experience worth repeating.
Main ingredients: tons of delicious pizzas of all sorts, music, and a very suitable & friendly location. You mix them all and you get in result a much approved idea for quality time on a Saturday afternoon in South Florida.
Judging by the hearty cheerfulness of everyone attending the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival, and the great number of people present — way more than a dozen thousand people — this festival will be an event to stay. Jack Seiler, Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale, opened the event and made the proclamation that April 1st is Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival Day, also appreciating the great care and thoroughness of a young millennial entrepreneur, Lais Pontes, who successfully put together the festival.
With music, kids zone, indoor and outdoor setting, and numerous vendors, people were enjoying delectable pizzas, refreshing local craft beers, wines, deserts, and having just a phenomenal time. It is remarkable to say that most of the vendors present were showcasing unique products that seemed to arouse curiosity or interest in many. For example, a vendor who brought a cucumber drink available at Whole Foods Supermarket was seen busy offering samples at every moment.
Sometimes with all the different types of pizzas being sold around, it can be hard to differentiate which is the best. The Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival also provided a more intimate moment to savor a good slice of pizza while getting to know from the chefs about their pizza, its ingredients and what to expect on a future visit to their establishments in the city.
Last but not least, the beers! The only thing better than wine and cheese is pizza and beer, and to know the perfect pairings that will leave you more than satisfied, there were a few local craft beers on the premises. And, yes, they really tasted good.
Photos of the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival
After a successful first year, I hope the festival repeats many more times in the coming years, and that new attractions may be added. Perhaps a dedicated dancing area, and better use of the courtyard (sitting space, games) will help to ease the long lines.
Kudos to the organizers in helping Feeding South Florida with a portion of the proceeds from the Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival. This donation provides meals to men, women and children in need of food assistance throughout South Florida.
What a way to showcase the city’s delicious culinary talent to make pizza. This pizza fest was entertaining and yummy-licious. Keep an eye on next year’s event if you missed it this time!
The Inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival Happened April 1st. A very entertaining afternoon with tons of pizzas, local craft beers, music, and kid zone.