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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is Sunday

Tony Albelo, head of this weekend's Coconut Grove Seafood Festival was handed one of the fresh stone crabs that arrived by helicopter jumpers in Peacock Park this morning. 

Yup, this morning the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival marked the opening of the stone crab season by having three skydivers jump out of helicopters over Peacock Park.

One skydiver held a flag, one held the first batch of stone crabs of the season and the third had a camera to capture all the action. And then there were a few of us down below watching this whole oddity take place.

 The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is Sunday, October 19,  when Peacock Park becomes a paradise for seafood lovers. Bushels of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams and fresh fish will take over the park.

With all kinds of seafood prepared in a variety of ways, the festival will have vendors offering everything from Bahamian cracked conch, Jerk grilled fish, paella, ceviche, lobster rolls and so much more. The ever-popular Casablanca Fish Market will come loaded with fish from around the world that folks can select, purchase and take home after they’ve had their fill at the festival. The Milam Kitchen Lab will feature cooking demos by popular South Florida restaurants, including Chef George Patti from Salt Fusion Cuisine, Chef Oscar del Rivero from Jaguar Ceviche Spoon, Chef Igor Ferraro from La Bottega, Chef Alex Lopez from Calamari and Chef Michael Cerny from Truluck’s. 

Yellow smoke filled the park today as the stone crabs landed.

This is just a taste of Sunday's goodies.

They flew them in, so they get to taste the first batch.

Jackie Segedin, Marketing Director of the Coconut Grove BID, with Tony Albelo.

And what would a seafood festival be without rum? Hosted by Rums of Puerto Rico, the VIP Island Experience will be an exclusive area limited to 500 VIP ticket holders and offer complimentary Mojito Bar, Rum Punch and Coquito Bar, Aged Rum Sipping Bar, Hand Rolled Cigars and Pairings, Coconut Rum Paella, Puerto Rican Frituras with 4 rum-infused sauces, Lemon & Coconut Rum Ceviche, Rum Cake Station and Air-Conditioned Private VIP Restrooms.

To complete the equation, the festival will have 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.

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 $20. 

The festival is from 11 am to 8 pm, that's Sunday, October 19.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool! Nice way to promote the event!

October 15, 2014 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should spend less on the not so good ways they use to promote the event and make it more affordable for the masses.

October 15, 2014 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember the old florida cracker rule---dont eat stone crabs until a few weeks into the season, the first ones to hit the markets will be the ones that have spent the most time in the traps waiting to be brought up-- let them get thru the market and then get fresher ones in a few weeks

October 15, 2014 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've trapped stone crabs about 35 years and the interval between pulls are consistent unless of inclement weather.
You are referring to placing fresh traps in the water to cure and for that we don't bait the traps. We don't leave our catch livelihood, babies in the trap to abuse them for pleasure. Most of us trappers treat our catch as sacred and pray for their well-being, right before we eat them. They like lime and butter, and we keep the water luke-warm so as not to cause them unnecessary consternation. Jobie Steppe

October 16, 2014 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Captain Dave said...

Didn't think I was going to be in Miami this weekend, I live in the Keys, but my plans have changed!$15 is reasonable and the weather forecast looks good too.

October 16, 2014 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does $15 include?

October 16, 2014 2:26 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Entrance to Peacock Park, I believe.

October 16, 2014 8:38 PM  

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