Sunday, September 11, 2016

#ThankYouMiami Amps for III Points and SoBe Seafood Festival

You know that pie chart that tells you how you're spending your money? The one like this graph by CNN Money that shows how American spend their money by year, income and age which shows on average people our age spend approximately 1/3 of their income on housing, 1/4 on transportation, and 1/6 on food? Well our expense chart on Mint tells us that, unlike the average American, we spend nearly 1/3 of our money on food and entertainment, confirming what everyone who follows our Instagram already knows—we LOVE delicious meals and going out with friends. We're amping to get a lot of both in as Miami kicks off our high season in October with two kick-ass events extremely worthy of our hard-earned money:

III Points is a music, art, and technology festival that returns to Miami for its fourth year on October 7 - 9 at Mana Wynwood. And, while we have certainly felt its presence throughout the past three years—its logo (an upside down triangle with "iii" on the inside) is stamped all over Wynwood—the festival had never particularly piqued our interest. Then, III Points announced the 2016 three-day line-up... With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Thievery Corporation and M83, it was hard not to grab our attention. (Thievery Corporation's 2010 show at Bayfront Park is by far our favorite concert we've seen while living in Miami.) Plus, we are excited to dance to and support some of our favorite homegrown artists like John Hancock III, Otto Von Schirach, DJ Laura (of Miami), Lolo Reskin, Pirate Stereo and Afrobeta. Seriously, we can't think of a better way to launch into Fall. Three-day GA tickets are only $125 or, if the Miami-an in you demands an enhanced festival experience, you can purchase a Foresight pass for $245 that gives you access to lounges with free beer, water, and Red Bull among other awesome amenities. Buy your III Point tickets here.

The arrival of the SoBe Seafood Festival elicits a Pavlovian response in us for two reasons: 1) it signifies the start of stone crab season, and 2) it means we get to eat all the seafoods. This year it also means we get to drink all the wines because Kendall Jackson has stepped in as the title sponsor. #winning! The three-day seafood bonanza will take South Beach by storm from October 20 - 22, starting with a fancy affair at Joe's Stone Crab presented by La Crema wines. The following night local chefs will compete at 12 restaurant battle stations during the Chef Showdown, where we can sample and vote for our favorite competition dishes. Among other perks, our ticket to the event includes access to a seafood world raw bar (open all night—awwww, yeah!), to the Casa Herradura experience, and to a sensory tour of Kendall Jackson, La Crema, and Matanza Creek's famous Sonoma garden where we get to taste potted fruits, as well as the wines from which they are made. (We hear this amazing tour is a Wine Country must so we're super excited to get to experience it in our very own backyard!)

On Sunday, we get to enjoy the pièce de resistance: the festival. The sands of Lummus Park will be packed with pop-up cafés featuring more than 15 local restaurants including Joe's, Cibo, Red The Steakhouse, Toro Toro, Naiyara and Midtown Oyster Bar. The universe and sponsor Breakthru Beverages are clearly looking out for us because both GA and VIP tickets include all-day open bar. That said, this year's VIP ticket holders will benefit from a substantially upgraded experience in the VIP Hospitality Village including extended event hours, $20 worth of food vouchers, private lines to access the Joe's café, and access—in case you miss it the previous night—to the exclusive Sonoma garden tour. You can review the extensive list of differences between the two ticket types and buy your SoBe Seafood Festival event tickets here. Don't forget to use coupon code "thankyou20" at check out for a 20% discount!

We can't wait to see you at both III Points and the SoBe Seafood Festival in October!

III Points images by Jason Koerner, SoBe Seafood Festival image by Derek Gil.

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