By: Lori Kahn | Apr 4, 2018
What to Do at the South Beach Seafood Week 2018
What started as a small weekend seafood festival on South Beach has grown into a weeklong seafood spectacular that can only happen in Miami. South Beach Seafood Week kicks off Miami’s globally recognized stone crab season every October. This high-end event is full of Miami’s leading chefs displaying their cooking talents through a variety of culinary competitions and showcases. All these foodie-pumped challenges lead up to Saturday’s festival with music, food and open bars in the heart of South Beach. Feel good about indulging your seafood cravings because proceeds from the South Beach Seafood Festivalall go to benefit the Community Initiatives Foundation programs, including its EAT SMART program that encourages quality youth nutrition and childhood development by providing healthy weekend meals and nutritional education to Miami Beach kids.
Saturday’s beachfront festival, sponsored by Jack Daniel’s, is a four-block party where over 13,000 seafoodies get to enjoy a day of fun in the sun the Sobe way. Indulge your taste buds at pop up cafes from Miami’s leading restaurateurs such as Joe’s Stone Crabs, A Fish Called Avalon and Naked Taco, just to start.
Find the freshest and most delicious seafood dishes all paired with free open bars for guests 21 and over. Besides mouth-watering grub, you can listen to live music at the Main Stage, jam out to iHeart Radio DJs at the Jack Daniel’s Beach Club, kick back playing games, partake in culinary demos in the Whole Foods Market Culinary Showcase, dabble in VIP Experiences over in the Range Rover Hospitality Village, party at the VIP Dance Club, and so much more – right on the sand.
A Week of Seafood Savoring
South Beach Seafood Week includes impressive culinary events leading up to Saturday’s huge, four-block beachfront festival taking place October 16 - 20. Start off your week with Tuesday’s new Crabs, Slabs and Cabs brought to you by Menin Hospitality or be a judge during the incredible VIP Chef Showdown, the ultimate Miami Chef Competition to hit the sands of South Beach in Goya’s Culinary Pavilion. Here is the complete list of what to expect. Take notes!
Crabs, Slabs & Cabs
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Tickets cost $100
This all-inclusive ticket for one includes specialty cocktails, beer and wine available at arrival, plus complete access to the event in the VIP Garden with unlimited dining stations and wine.
On Tuesday, October 16, the week’s seafood events kick off at the Shelborne Miami Beach’s VIP pool deck garden with an ode to stone crab season’s start. Crabs, Slabs & Cabsbrings executive chefs from Menin Hospitality’s hot spots to put on a culinary showcase of crab and meat surf n’ turf. This also includes wine pairings from one of Jackson Family’s featured Master of Wines. Don’t miss out on the delicious sides table hosted by Goya Foods.
Cooking & Cocktails
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Meat Market, 915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Tickets cost $100
Cooking and Cocktailsis an all-inclusive ticket includes a VIP dining experience of six incredible tapas-style courses from Chef Sean Brasel and Chef Fernando Desa, each accompanied by a unique cocktail. Walk home with a gift bag from Goya as an added perk.
Each course will be paired with cocktails brought to you by Herradura Tequila and Ezra Pattek, lead mixologist of Meat Market, who will jointly help you explore the art of the perfect garnish.
An Evening At Joe's
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Tickets cost $500
Tickets include a cocktail hour preceding a five-course wine pairing dinner, premium open bar throughout the evening and VIP gift bags to take home.
An Evening At Joe’s is presented by La Crema and includes an impressive Cocktail Hour prior to dinner featuring cocktails by Jack Daniels, Herradura and Finlandia.
After cocktails, enjoy a VIP Jesse's Room experience, the original setting of Joe’s Stone Crab where historic icons such as Al Capone and Frank Sinatra cracked claws. You will then experience the delicious cuisine of Joe’s Chef Andre Bienvenue with five-courses of Joe’s famous seafood paired with fine wines by event host, Jackson Family Winery and their Master Sommelier, Thomas Price. Travel back in time with Joe’s General Manager Brian Johnson while learning to crack the perfect claw.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Lummus Park, 12th Street & Ocean Drive, South Beach
Tickets cost $75+
Tickets include an all-inclusive tasting of each chef's competition dishes, open bars, master cake decorating and a seafood raw bar.
The Chef Showdown is where you judge 16 of Miami’s most progressive and recognized Executive Chefs during eight thrilling seafood battles. You will also have a one-of-a-kind Sonoma garden experience, sampling fruits and tasting wines made from these fresh ingredients. There will also be samplings from Herradura's Bartender Competition and access to the Casa Herradura Experience, the Celebrity Cruise private entertainment experience and an all-night party in the Goya VIP Culinary Pavilion featuring Miami's hottest DJs. Enjoy all the seafood you can possibly eat as well as playing your part in picking the winning chefs for this year’s battle of the best.
2018 Battle Showdowns Defending Champions:
- Battle Crab: Chef Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab
- Battle Surf n’ Turf: Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market Miami
- Battle Taco: Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega South Beach
- Battle Tuna: Chef Jim Pastor of The Rusty Pelican Restaurant
- Battle Shrimp: Chef Nicolas Cabrera of Lure Fishbar South Beach
- Battle Fish: Chef Demetrios Pyliotis of Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge
- Battle Sushi: Chef Masatomo Hamaya of Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market
- Battle Oyster Pit: Chef James Versfelt of Shelborne South Beach
There is also a cocktail challenge, the 2nd Annual Herradura Showdown. Reigning champion, Courtney Lane of Employees Only will be the head judge. Featuring the top bartenders in South Florida battling it out in the Casa Herradura for the title of Champion, you won’t want to miss the show or the tasty craft cocktails. This is a full flavor night to remember.
South Beach Seafood Festival
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., VIP EXTENDED 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Lummus Park Entrance, 14th Street & Ocean Drive, South Beach
Tickets cost $22.50 pre-sale and $45+ thereafter
Tickets include entrance into the four-block festival grounds; open bar from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. at any of the more than 30 Bar Stations and Beer Garden; access to Jack Daniel’s Beach Club, Main Stage and Whole Foods Demo Zone; the best of Miami’s finest seafood restaurants and dessert stations with more than 60 premier menu items all available for purchase between $5-$10.
With 18 local Miami Beach restaurants serving you right on the sand, you are in for a seafood eating experience unlike any other. Enjoy Stone Crabs, Lobster Waffle Cones, Steak & Lobster Skewers, Shrimp Tacos, Oysters, Shrimp C