By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Not a typical food event, the 7th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival returns to the beach this October 22nd through October 26th. The five-day seafood extravaganza will feature some of the best culinary talent in Miami, beachfront events and pop-up restaurants, creating a perfect foodie activity for the week.
Tod Roy, co-founder of the festival, described the experience as “A celebration of the freshest seafood that we are so lucky to have down here. With Joe’s and RED, the Steakhouse, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Bodega, Stiltsville, Pubelly Sushi, and more, the list is top notch and make for a great festival.”
He added, “Forty of South Florida’s top chefs and restaurants were selected because of their incredible cuisine and talent to join us as we put together a showcase and celebration of the outstanding culinary arts across Miami Beach.”
The South Beach Seafood Festival kicks off Tuesday October 22nd with “An Evening at Joe’s,” at Joe’s Stone Crab at 11 Washington Avenue, from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM. This is just in time for the start of Miami’s famous stone crab season.
For $500 per person, guests will enjoy an outstanding five-course meal including pounds of their renowned stone crab, cocktail hour prior to dinner, access to their private Jesse’s Room experience, and a VIP Gift Bag.
The festival continues on Wednesday, October 23rd with a “Cooking & Cocktails” event from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM at Meat Market in 915 Lincoln Road. Tickets are $150 per person and include VIP seats to a six-course dinner prepared by Chef Sean Brasel and Chef Fernando Desa, accompanied by exotic Herradura cocktails, plus a gift bag from Goya.
On Thursday, October 24th, “Crabs, Slabs & Cabs,” is taking place at the Shore Club at 1901 Collins Avenue, from 7PM until 10PM. Tickets are $150 per person, for a night of the best of never ending SURF N’ TURF, accompanied by wine pairings from Louis Martini, and cocktails featuring Gentleman Jack and the Jack Daniel’s family.
On Friday, October 25th, from 7PM until 11PM at Lummus Park in South Beach, the infamous “Chef Showdown,” will take place. Tickets for the VIP #ChefShowdown are $150.
The competition, named the “Top Chef Competition” in the country by the Travel Channel, features sixteen of the absolute best chefs in the city in a wildly entertaining cook-off.
Guests will be able to stop by the stations and cast their votes, as they enjoy Miami’s finest seafood cuisine, accompanied by cocktails, beers, wine and soft drinks of their choosing.
In addition, there will be seafood bites provided by GOYA, and guests will have access to the “Seafood World Raw Bar,” open all night. The winner will be selected in part by guests and by renowned culinary talent and sponsors.
The main event takes place Saturday October 26th at Lummus Park through the 14th St and Ocean Drive entrance on South Beach. Tickets are $49 per person. Seafoodies will be able to delight themselves with five blocks full of fun and the most exquisite seafood Florida has to offer.
Until September 30th, organizers are offering local residents fifty percent off general admission tickets for the Saturday event. The Miami Beach Resident discount only applies to individuals residing in zip codes 33139, 33140, and 33141 and which will be re-verified at the gate.
Children under eighteen without identification must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a government-issued photo ID in one of the three valid zip codes. Children under ten are free.