The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival
GASTRONOMIC TASTINGS - MIAMI
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival opens the crabs’ season on October: a day dedicated to fish and sea fruits, flavoured with music, rhum and amusement.
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is an event dedicated to see fruits, thanks of stands and hundreds of expert cooks. During the festival, you can find any kind of seafood on the seafront of Coconut Grove, including shrimps, fresh fish, lobsters, clams and oysters. The Seafood Festival is one of the most expected appointments by the inhabitants and the tourists, crowding the district every year. It takes place in Miami, at the beginning of the Crab season, on October.
The dates are variable, but we suggest you to stay tuned, in order to not miss one of the best appointments of the year. There is no better place to taste the sea fruits cooked in thousands of different ways, from the Central and South American cooking culture.
You can't resist in front of the Caribbean dishes, the Jamaican fish, the Latin American Paella, the Peruvian ceviche, the lobster rolls, and the most appreciated Asian dishes, starting from sushi and sashimi. Don't forget the family Stone crab of Florida, a particular species with long claws.
Stands and food
Start the Stone Crab season on the beach, tasting the best of the street food and fish, during the festival. Tens of stands fill up the Marine Stadium in Miami, not far from the Coconut Grove district, offering tastings, cooking shows and much more. There are also bars where to sit a good mojito or a white wine glass.
With more than 25 cooking partners, able to make tents of gourmet fish dishes, base unmissable events offers the possibility to taste some of the best sea fruits of Florida. Among the most appreciated dishes you find the grilled fish, paella, lobster - in the most creative ways - and sushi.
Concerts, live shows and exhibitions, all over the time. The mix of rock and roll and seafood is one of the most loved by the thousands of tourists crowding the streets of Coconut Grove: there is nothing better than tasting the best dishes, listening to the music by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones and so on. Resting areas and sofas are available for everybody, to relax themselves, listening to their favourite music, played by some of the best groups of Florida.
Eco Discovery Zone
Walking around the tens of stands, the numerous sellers, proposing jewels and handicrafts, and the children areas, you can have a break at the unmissable Eco Discovery Zone, where the children can discover a lot of things about the sea and its inhabitants. The incomes go to the Celebration of the Sea Foundation.
To visit the exhibition, you have to buy a ticket, for $15 per day. You can also buy a two-days ticket, for $25. You can also take advantage of the Family Pack, granting a 2 days entrance to 2 adults and an unlimited number of children, for just $30. The season of crabs starts every year on the 15th October.
Anjali Reed - Tampa
Food is delicious, by some of the best chefs in Miami. I have eaten cod pancakes, garlic crab and lobster. The prices are right and the queues moving. Live music doesn't miss, together with educational stands for children, about the Sea Life, diving and the safeguard of the Coral Reef. There is even a stand where they teach you how to cook fish.
Michelle Anderson - Miami
Even if the festival is concentrated on fish - especially crabs - there's something for everybody. Fried food is not missing, including fried potatoes and much more. The lobsters abound as soon as the oysters, the shrimps and the specialties cooked on the barbecue. Everything I have tasted was exceptional, very well done and, above all, genuine. Entertainment and shows are well organized, too: seats available for everybody, relax areas, info points and enormous screens showing events live. The formula for families and children let us save a lot of money, considering we are a very big family!
Daniel Flaming - New Orleans
This event is the right occasion to taste local flavours and the Family Stone crabs. I went there after having bought two tickets on the website of the event. We entered as soon as we arrived, at 11 a.m., to anticipate the long queues. Despite of the great flow, the queues were moving and everybody tasted everything. The location is perfect, a few metres from the beaches. The relax area is wonderful; you can rest and have a good drink after lunch.
Michelle Lewis - Miami
My husband have been working for a fishing company for years, and I know very well which type of sacrifice hides behind this activity. Moreover, there's nothing better than a big party for families to honor the fruits of a dangerous but rewarding job. During this event, fishermen and restaurateurs joined their forces to offer the best of Florida to the fans. The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is an absolute excellence of the culinary industry, and the huge quantity of tourists coming to see it is not casual. You can even learn how to cook fish, thanks to the numerous workshops by famous chefs. Adults can also taste beer, wine and drinks, while the children can enjoy themselves playing with the others, on the beach.
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