South Beach Seafood Festival Recap
The 4th Annual South Beach Seafood Week culminated yesterday with the celebration of their main event, South Beach Seafood Festival, at Lummus Park in South Beach, Florida.
The event itself was pretty straightforward, designed for people who are looking to have a fun time in the sand, with open bar, and food for purchase at the various pop up cafes (with prices between $5-$12). The event features some of the most talked about restaurants in town, like Joe’s Stone Crab, Toro Toro, CIBO, and Naked Taco. There were also some cooking demos from various Chefs at the GOYA and Whole Foods tents included in the ticket purchase, to really deliver a complete foodie experience.
This festival model is particularly interesting if you think about how much money you would spend buying individual limited drinks around South Beach, which will most likely be more than the $35 dollar GA ticket you pay for entry at the festival where you’ll get open bar for 7 full hours. Good deal, don’t you think?
This is our 2nd year in a row attending the event, and overall, we thought that this year’s event was pretty well organized, and experienced massive improvement from last year. There were a lot more bar stands, which really helped ensure the flow of people along the event was manageable, allowing everyone to drink throughout the event as they pleased, instead of just waiting in line for long periods of time and getting angry at their neighbors! Not that we would dare to do that in Miami, ever…
The majority of the participating restaurants seemed to have equipped themselves very well, with enough servings and a great selection of dishes, with the exception of a select few, who were perhaps newer to the experience, and had less options, plus ran out of servings a little bit earlier than expected.
Our food picks for the day were Joe’s Stone Crab Lobster and Shrimp Waffle Cone, Fried Fish Tacos from Toro Toro, “Happy Face” Ice Cream Sammie from Wynwood Parlor, and the Salmon and Shrimp Burgers from Whole Foods. Now let’s break it down a bit!
The Seafood Mix from Joe’s Stone Crab was the one we were looking forward to the most, as last year the lines were impossible and we didn’t have the opportunity to try them then. This year, we obviously ran to this line upon arrival, and finally got our waffle cone. The line was moving pretty fast… oh boy were we happy! But to our surprise, in short, the cone was a bit soggy, which was not great and certainly a little disappointing. Nonetheless, in pure Joe’s Stone Crab spirit, the lobster and shrimp seafood mix was very good.
Throughout our sunny SoBe adventures, we came across the very special Toro Toro, which in our opinion and with much respect to all the other tacos out there, had the most amazing fried fish. The batter and the frying temperature were spot on, accompanied by a tasty aioli sauce and a perfectly balanced pico de gallo, giving this taco dish that tropical/Caribbean freshness that florida is all about. Seriously, it was a great taco.
After all that seafood goodness, we obviously couldn’t leave without the proper dose of sugar. We saw sprinkles in a corner of the Wynwood Parlor pop up and couldn’t resist. The Happy Face Sammie was waiting for us, with a M&M chocolate chip cookie filled with vanilla ice cream and dipped in sprinkles. Definitely worth the calories on any hot Miami day!
Our drink breaks were filled with rich Margaritas made with Reposado Herradura Tequila (featured on “Men’s Journal” as one of the 18 Best Tequilas in the World), along with Kendall-Jackson Wines. It’s a beautiful thing when you have drinks being served non-stop for 7 hours straight!
We had a very fun experience at the event, and enjoyed the food pop-up hopping very much! A tip for anyone considering attending next year: get there early so you can drink, eat, and be merry, for hours and hours! Also, keep in mind, event is open to the public, but must be 21+ to drink. But we already knew that, right?!
With our toes in the sand,
Rick & Claud
The fun legal stuff: We were invited to attend South Beach Seafood Festival. But keep in mind, opinions expressed in this post are all our own, and truly reflect our experience at the event.