Bubble Q Event Kicks Off South Beach Wine and Food Festival

The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday

By Jennifer Reeves and Karen Franklin
|  Thursday, Feb 23, 2012  |  Updated 9:47 PM EDT
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The Bubble Q event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival might be the hottest ticket in town. Chef Michael Moran talks about the preparations.

The Bubble Q event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival might be the hottest ticket in town. Chef Michael Moran talks about the preparations.

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The Bubble Q event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival might be the hottest ticket in town.

The event is a visitor favorite, and this year it’s all about slow roasting barbecue – beachside.

“Imagine the greatest barbecue in the history of man and fire,” said Michael Moran, a chef from Florida International University.

Moran helped organize the event. He and FIU students spent four days prepping, slicing and mixing so that A-list chefs from the Food Network could wow the taste buds of South Beach.

"You get to learn not just ingredients, but also from chefs that are on the Food Network and cooking channels," said an FIU student.

Bubble Q had a beautiful beachside backdrop, with a Western-style interior mixed with Miami's style and spice.

Thirty-six of the country’s best chefs will be dishing out their best barbecue from all over the country.

Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri are the headliners. The event will also be hosting locals like Brian Massie from the Delano and NBC Today Show favorite Al Roker.

“When you think of barbecue, you think of throwing it on in the backyard or maybe cooking something slow. We have chefs representing from Memphis, Georgia, and Texas and there’s really something for everybody,” Moran says.

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