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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Stone Crabs, fresh from the sky

 To celebrate today's start of the Stone Crab season, the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival did not wait for boats to finish the trap pickup and claw collection. The festival arranged for celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano to circumvent the whole process by having a helicopter fly out to working stone crab boats, pickup up the very first batch of claws only to land them in Coconut Grove, right here in Peacock Park, which was the case at 9 am today.

This was officially and ceremoniously be the very first batch of the claws to hit the mainland. All this in anticipation for this weekend's Seafood Festival, also in Peacock Park.

The media was out for the event, here Julia Bagg, from NBC6, interviewed Tony Albelo, head of the Seafood Festival which is Sunday, October 20, preceeded by his Grovetoberfest beer festival, which is the day before, also in Peacock Park, on Saturday, November 19.

Chef Pagano hands the first batch of stone crabs to Tony. 
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is all about celebrating seafood, waterfront living and giving people their fill of the freshest, tastiest delicacies of the sea.  Bushels of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams and fresh fish will be available to taste and purchase at this inaugural event in Coconut Grove. 

To complete the festive equation, the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival will have a Fun Zone for kids and a constant stream of live music including calypso, steel drum, reggae and Island Escapism. The Festival will also feature several nautically-themed exhibitors showcasing art, jewelry and decor.  Those looking to savor the flavors of the sea and catch the Miami Dolphins game need not worry.  Large screens will be available to capture every play.

Admission is $15 per person online at CoconutGroveSeafoodFestival.com. Children 12 years and under enter for free. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.

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Anonymous Rod Alvarez said...

Wow. This festival is gonna be awesome. All seafood lovers must attend this festival. Setting the stone crab claws as fresh as they can which is really great and absolutely taste good for sure.

October 15, 2013 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow, claws helicoptered in on a Tuesday, with the festival not til Sunday...something doesn't smell as fresh as it should. Besides, there is no ice in the cooler.


October 15, 2013 9:01 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

Here we go with the haters again. The point of the day was to usher in the first day of the Stone Crab season, not to start stocking the Seafood Festival with week old claws.

And THERE WAS ICE in there. I was there present. You were not, why would you just say something that is not true?

October 15, 2013 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you publish any of JB's comments? He is such a curmudgeon !

October 16, 2013 1:18 PM  

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