57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (November 3-7)

It’s easy to build up an appetite strolling the docks and exhibits at the largest in-water boat show in the world. The good news is that this year’s show will satisfy your appetite for a better selection of food and beverages than ever before. This year, food and beverage selections at the concessions area located at the Bahia Mar marina, the show’s main location, will be presented by Great Performances, a New York City based catering and special event company and the official caterer for other notable events including the Miami Open tennis tournament and the New York Wine and Food Festival.

“People travel to this boat show from all over the world and we’re working hard to make sure that everyone’s experience is great in every way,” said Brett Keating, vice president of consumer marketing for Show Management, the company that has managed and produced the show since 1976. “We anticipate a great response from our guests to this outstanding show enhancement, which everyone enthusiastically welcomes.”

Great Performances will offer its own proprietary concepts including seafood, sandwiches and design-your-own salads. The caterer also will partner with local restaurants, each bringing its own food concept to the table to provide guests with a wide variety of food choices.

Local restaurants that will be serving at the show’s enhanced concessions area include the following: The Knife Steakhouse, offering ceviche, empanadas, sandwiches and house-made sausage; Latin Café, offering serving Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, grilled beef and grilled chicken; Puntino Pizza, presenting pizzas and meatball sandwiches; and Sushi Maki, serving a variety of rolls, tuna and salmon tacos. Local food truck partners are Killer Melts, Moty’s Grill and Health Nut on Wheels. A wide array of beverage choices also will be available, including a coffee tent.

Proprietary food concepts by Great Performances include The Market Place, offering create your-own salads; The Sandwich Shop, featuring hot-pressed sandwiches; Buenos Aires, serving breakfast and lunch croissants, baguette and tramezzini sandwiches; and Off The Dock, featuring lobster rolls, crispy calamari, fried shrimp and fish and chips. Food carts with light offerings of food and drinks will be located throughout the Bahia Mar marina, Hall of Fame Marina and Las Olas Marina show locations. For exhibitors hosting private events, Great Performances offers delivery directly to booths and boats, including a wide array of snacks, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, sushi, desserts and beverages including soda, water, coffee, beer and wine. To place a delivery order, visit FLIBS.com.

The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to take place November 3-7 at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The world’s largest in-water boat show, FLIBS covers seven locations with nearly 1,500 boats displayed across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. The show draws approximately 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries that display an amazing array of boats, marine products and accessories, from astonishing super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, to fishing gear, marine art, jewelry and more, all valued at more than $4 billion.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Audi, Bank of America, Gosling’s, International Gamefish Association (IGFA), Smallwood’s Yachtwear, The Sun Sentinel and Taiwan Excellence. Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlauderdaleboatshow, follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, connect on Instagram at instagram.com/boatshowphotos, and tune into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement.

For VIP ticket packages, visit VIP.FLIBS.com. 2016 SCHEDULE: Thursday, Nov. 3 (Prime Time Preview) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2016 ADMISSION: Adults $28 Children (ages 6-15) $12 Children (under 6) Free Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Nov. 5) $45 Two-Day Ticket $46

For more information, visit: www.flibs.com