The Palm Beaches is a string of South Florida towns that make up 47 miles of beaches and 125 miles of waterways. With a name that mirrors the luxury of Palm Beach (a town that has stubbornly and snobbishly banned used car lots and fast food restaurants), it’s no surprise that upcoming events range from fine wines to four-legged equestrian showcases.
You may have missed the Oktoberfest festival in Delray Beach (which featured bands imported from Germany), but here are some other upcoming events:
—Fine wines will be sipped and sampled at the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, Nov. 8-9. In addition to culinary offerings, participants can attend wine and food pairings, discover first-rate art exhibits and dance to live music. There’s also quiet strolling along Atlantic Avenue, the small town’s famous commercial area. And admission is free.
—The Palm Beaches Marathon & Run Fest is referred to by promoters as “more like a race with a Florida vacation,” Dec. 5-7. You can run (or watch others) travel through picturesque waterfront streetscapes and historic neighborhoods -without a snowflake or icy road in sight. That reminder comes when you consider that the event is a qualifying race for the prestigious Boston Marathon.
—World-famous epicurean talent descends upon the area for the award-winning Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Dec. 11-14, when famous chefs mingle with culinary personalities, authors, winemakers, journalists and others.
—From next January to March, there are ponies and players in many tournaments created by members of the International Polo Club in Palm Beach. The events feature some of the world’s “finest horses and riders.” The regular Sunday matches from the Nespresso Grande Pavilion feature a DJ, live TV feed of the matches, complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a full brunch.