By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
August is the time to do something different, and we’ve got the things to do. How about a still-life workshop in oil painting from the Dutch Golden Age, Master Nikkei sushi making class and dinner at Chotto Matte tomorrow, or cigar rolling class in Little Havana? And then there’s the first-ever South Beach Mango Festival with Chef Alan Susser, a super fun National Rum Day beach bash, and flamenco and international ballet festivals. Try one of the events. We love them—and we think you will, too!
Masterclass with Executive Chef Jordan Sclare of Chotto Matte
Wednesday, August 1st
Join Chotto Matte Founder Kurt Zdesar and Group Executive Chef Jordan Sclare for a one-of-a-kind Nikkei-inspired chef masterclass. During this class, attendees will participate in an in-depth Sushi Practical where they’ll get to choose their own sushi fillings, make their own rolls and learn about different Aburi and Nikkei flavors from Chef Jordan while they do. After that, the meal begins. Guests will be able to enjoy a sit-down dinner that includes a welcome pisco sour, a 12-nigiri sushi appetizer that’s blow-torched tableside, padron peppers, chotto ceviche, prawns harumaki, Nikkei sashimi, pork belly, warm beef tataki, pan-fried sea bass (a non-menu seafood item), chicken miso and a sushi platter with sato maki soft shell crab roll, yellowtail jalapeno nigiri with truffle dressing and scallop nigiri. Finish it all with a dessert platter and you’re guaranteed one sweet ending. Chotto Matte is located at 1664 Lenox Avenue. This class is priced at $150 per person. For more information about it, or to buy tickets, click here.
Tulip Mania: Master Copy in Oil from the Dutch Golden Age
Friday, August 3rd
Led by Carlos Gallostra, this intensive three-day, still-life workshop was designed for intermediate and advanced artists alike. Here, an artist will help you create your own small-scale master copy with oil. All designs are inspired by floral paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, like interpretations of works by artists Clara Peeters, Jan Davidsz de Heem and Nicolaus van Verendael, to name a few. While the point of the class is to be able to paint your own oil composition, throughout the lessons, Carlos will instill certain principles of artistry in every participant. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. This class will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $195 per member and $230 per non-member, and can be purchased here. Free parking is available onsite.
1st-Ever South Beach Mango Festival
Sunday, August 5th
South Florida is a magnet for mango lovers, and the Mango King himself—Chef Allen Susser—and founder and creative director, Robert Lansburgh, are celebrating that love with the first-annual South Beach Mango Festival. Happening right on the sand, at Lummus Park, this day-long festival will have everything mango: a mango farmers market with 40 varieties of the fruit, mango-centric cooking classes, a children’s play area, music, dancing, and even a mango-themed mixology competition. Vendors will be onsite selling mango-inspired art and mango jewelry, and a large percentage of the profits will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. The entrance to Lummus Park is located at the intersection of 12th Street and Ocean Drive. This event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 per person and can be purchased here.
Cigar Rolling From Start to Finish by HistoryMiami
Saturday, August 11th
Hosted by HistoryMiami, this event takes guests on an exclusive tour of Havana Classic Cigars and lets them learn how to make the perfect Cuban cigar from the experts. Like the name implies, you’ll start from the beginning: attendees will learn how to grow the perfect tobacco leaf, find out what goes into rolling these high-end cigars, and even have the chance to buy and smoke their own. Havana Classic Cigars is located at 1419 SW 8th Street. This event will run from Noon to 1 p.m. The class is priced at $20 per HistoryMiami member and $30 per non-member. You can register for the class here. Street parking is available.
National Rum Day Festival at The Confidante
Thursday, August 16th
All for rum—and rum for all! On this national holiday, local and international rum brands alike will come and put their rums on display at the 2nd-annual National Rum Day Festival. For the price of their ticket, attendees will get free rum tastings and lectures, as well as a day on Miami Beach that’s filled with live music, games and more. There will be a chef onsite at the outdoor grill where those that are hungry can purchase food. The Confidante Miami Beach is located at 4041 Collins Avenue. This event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Valet parking is available. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here. Guests must be 21+ to attend.
International Ballet Festival of Miami Stars Classical Gala
Saturday, August 18th
Every summer for the past 22 years, the International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) has hosted top national and international ballet companies from Europe, South America, Asia and North America here in South Florida. At this must-see gala performance, which will take place at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater, guests will get to see performances of classical repertoire performed by ballerinas from around the world. They’ll also get to watch the annual “A Life for Dance” Lifetime Achievement Award presentation. This year, that award will go to International Ballet Festival of Miami founder Pedro Pablo Pena, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater is located at 1700 Washington Avenue. This event will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $39 per person and can be purchased here. Parking is available in parking garages.
Siempre Flamenco’s 13th Annual Festival de Cante Flamenco 2018
Friday, August 31st
Taking place at the Adrienne Arsht Center, this annual event will feature acclaimed Spanish musicians and dancers like Macarena de Jerez, Paco del Pozo, José Méndez, world-renowned dancer José Barrios, Jose Luis de la Paz and Jose Cortes Panzekito. Making the night a true gem, Siempre Flamenco founders Paco and Celia Fonta (who won the Florida Folk Heritage award, the state’s highest honor for folk and traditional arts) will round out the festival with a guitar and dance performance of their own. The Adrienne Arsht Center is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard. Performances will run through September 2nd. They include: 8 p.m. on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st; 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 1st; and 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 2nd. Tickets are priced at $48 per person and can be purchased here. Valet is available onsite and public parking lots are available nearby.