The Wellington Chamber of Commerce recently named Mike Ferreira as chairman of the Flavors 2015 Wellington Food & Wine Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on April 9.
With a vast background of producing food and wine events throughout South Florida for the digital media world, Ferreira is the perfect choice for chairman.
The current creator and executive producer of ChukkerTV.com, which streams live polo coverage worldwide, he has been on the food scene for years with his company Phase 7 Digital Media Network, which has covered most of South Florida’s food scene.
His video series On Location covered restaurants and chefs serving up some of the most delicious food around, including the 2013 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival with the Food Network’s top chefs, SOBE Seafood Fest 2013, the Miami Burger Cook-off and the Boca Food & Wine Festival.
Now in its 12th year, Flavors is a signature event of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, as well as the premier food and wine tasting event in western Palm Beach County. “I’m excited to be part of Flavors for its 12th year and having the opportunity to contribute toward its growth,” Ferreira said. “Getting to experience food and wine events all over the country, it’s a treat having Flavors in our back yard.”
Ferreira’s ChukkerTV and the Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation’s fastest-growing club, will be among sponsors for the three-hour event.
Ferreira is president and executive producer of ChukkerTV. In January 2014, he founded ChukkerTV, which has already become the leader in polo broadcasting. The independent media company produces content for the Internet and television, operates instant replay and develops state-of-the art technology.
In addition, Ferreira implemented a system where umpires can hold an iPad device, watch the game in real time and ask to return to any part of the game without interrupting any ongoing challenges or live broadcasts. At 19, Ferreira sold his first tech idea, a YouTube-like platform for bands to upload their music. Shortly after that, he pioneered live streaming technology and has created a following among leading tech companies.
One of his primary objectives, Ferreira said, is to bring polo to the masses through ChukkerTV. His technology has given the U.S. Polo Association, the sport’s national governing body, the chance to use instant replay to help improve the sport and officiating during the current polo season in Wellington.
To learn more about Flavors 2015, call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.
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