By Ocean Drive Staff | September 24, 2018 | Food & Drink
With stone crab season kicking off in a few short weeks, what better way to celebrate than by attending Miami's most hotly-anticipated seafood event of the year? At the South Beach Seafood Festival (from October 16 through October 20), there's an endless offering of amazing food, drinks, and fun. So, mark your calendars now for these five amazing foodie events happening this October.
What better way to kickoff the South Beach Seafood Festival than with a visit to the historic Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach? On October 16, 50 guests will dine in the over 100+ year old Jesse’s room, where greats like Al Capone and Frank Sinatra once cracked claws. Executive chef Andre Bienvenu will serve a five-course meal that will showcase the area's delicious seafood offerings, including Florida stone crab (some of the best in the world). Attendees will also be treated to a fabulous wine pairing to complement their meal thanks to the event's host, Breakthru Beverage, and E&J Gallo, with their partner master sommeliers from J Vineyards.
Chef Sean Brasel and GOYA Food’s Executive Chef Fernando Desa have prepared a feast for day two of the South Beach Seafood Festival. An all-inclusive ticket to this special "Cooking & Cocktails" experience at Meat Market Miami, gets you a seat at a tapas-style six-course dinner that will tantalize your taste buds with elevated dishes featuring ingredients from the best of GOYA Foods, served alongside a bevy of Herradura cocktails. Top it off with wines by Saint Clair Estate and this is truly, a can't-miss foodie experience. Only 75 guests get to enjoy this fusion of flavors and we happen to know tickets are all but sold out.
The "Crabs, Slabs and Cabs" at Shelborne South Beach's VIP pool deck garden is set to feature a selection of the very best in surf n' turf thanks to the chefs of Menin Hospitality. Wagyu beef to Alaskan king crab, jumbo lump crab cakes, and short rib tacos are all on the menu at stations from Shelborne, Mondrian, Root and Bone, and Bodega, and will be offered with a variety of California's finest wines at each of the six fabulous food stations, brought to you by Louis Martini and Fleur de Mer. Take in the view and mingle with some of the evening's biggest VIPs at this once-in-a-lifetime event, before trying Baptist Health’s culinary showcase and GOYA’s sides station. Dance the night away with The Caberet South Beach and don't forget to say hello to this year's local foodie co-hosts: The Food-E (Nick Pena) and Miami Food Porn (Dana Rozansky), who will be adding some new and surprising experiential twists to this evening under the stars. Visit the new Woodford Reserve interactive craft cocktail experience, crack some crabs at the Shelborne crab boil, pop open a Pacifico Beer, and before you leave, be sure to dive into chef Max Santiago’s donuts and more.
If you consider yourself a true foodie, there's no missing out on the South Beach Seafood Festival's annual Chef Showdown. This Friday night event, brought to you by Talbott Vineyards, welcomes guests to the GOYA Culinary Pavilion on the sands of South Beach for an all-inclusive evening of battle-worthy food tastings at all participating battle locations, premier open bar, endless VIP experiences and a live chef competition unlike anything you've seen, topped off with sounds by Yissel making this the ultimate beach bash. Armed with a special seafood ingredient provided during each hotly anticipated battle, 14 Miami-based chefs are tasked with creating their very best dish in front of a rowdy live audience, who will be voting for their favorite chefs throughout the night! At the time of publication, this annually sold out event had less than 200 tickets left.
On the final day of the SoBe Seafood Festival, attendees are invited to enter this five block festival in South Beach’s Lummus Park filled with sand, sun, and fun foodie experiences. Visit any of the selected 20 pop up café’s from Miami's best eateries showcasing over 70 of their finest dishes. Grab a plate of stone crabs and lobster waffle cones at Joe’s, steak and lobster skewers at Red, shrimp tacos at Naked Taco, or oysters from Ella’s Oysters, and don't forget a refreshing beverage from one of the 30 or more bars participating in the event as all tickets include all day complimentary open bar from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. An amazing day of food and drink is elevated with three live music stages and things to do, including a pick-up game of basketball at the Jack Daniel's court, a round of life-size games at the Pacifico beer garden, and, if you're a VIP, enjoy VIP lines to Joe’s Stone Crab, a day of college football in the Coca Cola Game Zone or transport yourself on the Celebrity Cruises “The Edge” before a night of dancing in the GOYA Culinary Pavilion with featured DJs from Rockwell staying open until 9 p.m. There's something for everyone at the South Beach Seafood festival, which is brought to you by William Hill Winery, presented by GOYA, Celebrity Cruises, and Baptist Health, and hosted by Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola, and official bank partner, City National Bank!
For more information on the October South Beach Seafood Festival's must-attend events, visit sobeseafoodfest.com. Use promo code OCEANDRIVE to save 20% off on your tickets!