To set the mood for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, luxurious parties are held throughout the city for those in the marine, auto and aviation industries. Let me tell you, they are THE places to be on the eve of the show. After all, is there really a better way to kick off the Boat Show?
Because two parties were at the same time on the same night, my coworker Tiffany and I split up so we could hit both. We certainly didn’t want to miss out on any of the excitement. Tiffany headed to Wings Wheels Water at Sheltair, and I headed to Tapas on the Tarmac at Banyan. Take a look below at our amazing experience!
Tapas on the Tarmac 2015
by Victoria Barnett
Tapas on the Tarmac featured an exclusive evening of luxury under the stars, which included a silent auction to benefit 4Kids and the static display of the Honda Jet. From the time you walked through the door until the time you left, you were surrounded with elegance and class.
As you step out onto the airstrip, you are greeted with a glass of champagne and a beautiful view of the Honda Jet — which you could get a picture with, might I add. As the photographer puts it, “Act like you own it!” Who wouldn’t want to act like they own the Honda Jet?
Walking on the red carpet, you are immediately met by two beautiful models to snag a picture with before your eyes are drawn to the extravagant jets, the Bell Helicopter and the line of BMWs. What an entrance!
You then make your way into the hangar to experience the luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere. Here you could get a drink from one of the bars and grab a bite to eat from Kuro Japanese Restaurant, NYY Steak and Jet Runway Café, to name a few. Great music is playing, the mood is set and the night is in full-swing. It is the perfect place to have a good time and mix and mingle with other esteemed members of the yachting and private aviation community. Whether you want to scan the beautiful jewels, climb aboard a jet or simply relax with a drink in your hand, the party has it all.
Part way through the evening, we hear from the mayor of Fort Lauderdale as he exclaims, “The Boat Show begins at Banyan!” Needless to say, the crowd definitely agrees. You can tell everyone is having the time of their life and no one wants the night to end.
The first annual Tapas on the Tarmac was certainly a night to remember, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.
Wings Wheels Water 2015
by Tiffany Doolittle
Wings Wheels Water was an amazing way for industry leaders and marine, air and auto enthusiasts to join together the night before the main event – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Immediately after walking in, you are greeted by a room full of beautiful women in their best little black dresses to guide you to the red carpet. Once you make it through the grand entrance, you are instantly met with a professional photographer and glass of champagne to make your way down what seemed like a never-ending red carpet.
Along both sides of the red carpet, you see a massive variety of jets, cars, cuisine and models, and even some boats right on the tarmac! It was the perfect introduction to the remarkable vehicles, tours, food and people you could expect to experience the next day at the Boat Show – especially if you made your way to the Windward Club!
After taking in everything on the glamorous red carpet, everyone gathered in the hanger, where they stood around modern tables and décor with comfortable seating, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and great music.
Throughout the night, guests could also interact with several exhibitors, including high-fashion apparel and VIP Boat Show Experiences that could be purchased right there on-site! If this wasn’t the perfect introduction to the greatest Boat Show in the world, I don’t know what was.
Be a Part of the 2016 Experience
There’s nothing like a pre- Boat Show party, right? We had such a great time and an even better time letting everyone know about the new and exciting VIP Boat Show Experiences – the best way to enjoy the
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
With an Official Ticket Package, you can enjoy your ticket to the show, access to the Windward Club, private yacht tours, VIP parties, valet parking, hotel and much more. Although the 2016 packages have yet to be released, you can be one of the first to know about them by signing up for our quick call back list.