Activities: South Beach Seafood Festival
After a year-long pandemic-induced hiatus, the South Beach Seafood Festival returns to the sand for its eighth iteration, bringing together some of South Florida’s most talented seafood chefs for a variety of events, from dinners, competitive cooking and tastings by the beach.
The seafood extravaganza, dubbed Seafood Week, will run from Wednesday October 20 to Saturday October 23 and once again benefit the CI Foundation’s Eat Smart program, an effort that promotes healthy eating among Florida’s youth.
“We’re excited to be back to celebrate South Florida and all of the region’s incredible culinary mastery. After the difficult year that everyone has gone through and the creativity that we have seen, there is nothing more we would like to do, ”says Tod Roy, who co-founded the festival with his wife, Valérie Roy. “We missed not being able to showcase local talent and bring together community and friends from near and far to dive into the kick-off of the stone crab season as we love to do, the South way. Beach. ”
The five-day party kicks off Wednesday, October 20 with a sold-out party at Joe’s Stone Crab. On Thursday, October 21, the Shelborne Hotel will be hosting a Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs night with several local chefs (tickets are $ 150).
Some of Miami’s best culinary names go head-to-head in a battle for seafood supremacy on Friday, October 22, at the VIP Chef Showdown. The competition highlights seven different battles, each pitting two chefs in a duel, with chefs like Brian Nasakon of Beaker & Gray and Bernie Matz (formerly of Bodega, now owner of Café Bernie in Miami Beach) cooking on stage.
“What the South Beach Seafood Festival does to showcase local culinary talent is so important. We all work so hard all year round to bring together the flavors of South Florida day in and day out. Says Matz. “This festival is everything. No matter how much fun we have with the competition of chefs, the amazing thing is that we can all come together, kick off the stone crab season and really present the best culinary food in the world. region while having a great time. ”
On Saturday, October 23, the main Seafood Week event will occupy five blocks of Lummus Park, with 15 pop-up cafes from restaurants such as Pubbelly Sushi, Red the Steakhouse, and Ella’s Oyster Bar featuring over 70 different menu items. plus an open bar for cocktails and wines. The day will also include a “Culinary Show Kitchen” by Milam’s Markets, live music stages and other interactive experiences.
The two-block VIP Village will feature a Goya Culinary Pavilion, tasting stations from restaurants such as Old Lisbon, Mau, Miami and Tur Kitchen, as well as wine tastings, a taco lounge and live DJ sets. , including Rockwell.
According to Todd Roy, this year’s party will host a maximum of 1,200 participants, allowing for great social distancing.
“Since we’re on the beach, we have access to 250,000 square feet of outdoor space. We have more space capacity without increasing the number of participants, ”he notes. can enjoy the week responsibly.
South Beach Seafood Festival. From Wednesday October 20 to Saturday October 23. Festival ticket prices start at $ 55 and are available online through sobeseafoodfest.com.