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A pescatarian's paradise - Each year the South Beach Seafood Festival gathers the industries brightest to celebrate the illustrious chefs and restaurants of South Florida’s seafood scene.

This series of the SoBe Seafood festival marks the 8th rendition of the event. To mark the return of the beloved event organizers are planning something very tantalizing for guests unlike anything the Seafood Festival has done before. This week-long event exhibits the best of the best of South Florida’s leading chefs and culinary innovators. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the most savory seafood Miami to leadoff the the infamous, stone crab season.

Trumpeted in past years by USATODAY as one of its Top 5 Specialty Festivals in the country, by Forbes as the Top 5 Things to do this fall, and by the Travel Channel as the best seafood festival in the US; when you hit the beaches of Miami in October, the South Beach Seafood Festival 2021 promises to be the place to be. And here's the best part, all benefits go towards CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program, whose focus is on the fight against childhood hunger and childhood obesity by finding the perfect balance through health, wellness, nutrition, and exercise throughout Miami-Dade county.

Longing for a fun Miami weekend? Saturday’s beachfront event, the South Beach Seafood Festival, brought to you by Jack Daniel’s, presented by GOYA Foods, and hosted by City of Miami Beach, Pacifico, and City National Bank, spans five blocks and hosts over thousands of sea-foodies to relish in a curated culinary day of fun in the sun in true South Beach fashion.

The festival features pop up cafés from curated premium restaurants, hand-picked to show off 70+ different delectible eats from Florida’s freshest seafood in Miami. These seafood dishes are accompanied with an all-day open bar for everyone. To top off the festivities guests will bask in live music stages, DJ pop ups, and other interactive experiences!.

The 2021 selected pop up café restaurants for Saturday, October 23rd South Beach Seafood Festival include:
A Fish Called Avalon
Cafe Avanti
CJ’s Crab Shack
Lobster Shack
Pubbelly Sushi
Red the Steakhouse
Ella’s Oyster Bar
Café Bernie

Guests can rest assured and celebrate the festivities in confidence; with full safety measures in effect. Pop into title sponsor, Jack Daniel’s pavilion (or choose another word here) and grab yourself a frozen Jack & Coke or hang out at the Pacifico Beach club where their DJs will have you up on your feet, having a great time all day long. Milam’s Markets also hosts a Culinary Showcase Kitchen on site that is always a happening place to be and offers guests an educational experience that also teaches you new ways to wine and dine from the comfort of your own homes.

VIP Guests will get to experience their own private 2 block village featuring the always popular GOYA Culinary Pavilion with beats all day by ROCKWELL Talent, live college football, bites from GOYA’s Executive Chef Fernando Desa, Papa’s Raw Bar, Chef Billy G. Bodega Taqueria will also be bringing the fun with their always popular taco lounge.

VIP guests will also get to dive into interactive experiences from JACK DANIELS, Herradura, specialty wine tastings from Master of Wines featuring Rabble, Phantom, Bogle, Juggernut, and Castello del Poggio, and sampling stations from some more of South Florida’s leading seafood restaurants:
Mau Miami
Osteria Morini
DaliaOld Lisbon
The Deck at Island Gardens
TUR Kitchen
• And more…..

Festival ticket prices start at $55 and VIP is $150.
Ahead of Saturday’s festival, there are loads of delectable fun for the culinary inclined:

Chef Showdown: Friday, October 22nd | 7 - 11 PM

This VIP beach bash defines over the top! See and be seen at the ultimate VIP CHEF SHOWDOWN this October as we indulge your senses with the best of Miami’s best chefs, mixologists, DJs and so much more.

Brought to you by Jack Daniels and presented inside the GOYA CULINARY PAVILION.

The Chef Showdown is the battle of all battles where 14 of the finest South Florida chefs show off the best seafood in Miami at 12th & Ocean Drive at the GOYA’s Culinary Pavilion. Paired head-to-head in seven different seafood battles, guests #CHOOSEYOURCHAMP as they sip, sample, and VOTE for their favorite in each battle. Throughout the night, battling chefs take the GOYA Culinary Pavilion kitchen stage to put on a show LIVE! DJ YISSEL spins and the MC makes it a show. A panel of judges, along with the guest vote, decide who takes the championship title for showcasing the best seafood in Miami.

2021 chef battle pairings are being announced OCTOBER 1 on the festival’s social pages @sobeseafoodfest ! Sneak peak: Some of this year’s featured chefs will be from South Florida’s favorite hot spotssuch as:
The Rusty Pelican
Beaker & Grey
MAIA House 
Tacos & Tattoos
Papa's Raw Bar
• and more....  

NBC's KELLY BLANCO will be back to MC the night as the official Chef Ref!
Judging this year's Chef Showdown on the Main Stage will be:
• Chef Andre Bienvenu, Executive Chef of Joe's Stone Crab
• Chef Peter Vauthy, Executive Chef and Owner of Red the Steakhouse South Beach
• Chef Diego Oka, Executive Chef of La Mar at Mandarin Oriental
• Chef Fernando Desa, Executive Chef of GOYA Foods 
• Sara Liss, Author of Miami Cooks
• And Eddie Dominguez , the "FOODIE" of City National Bank

Bundle Weekend passes are available for VIP access to both Friday and Saturday, with additional options for host hotel package inclusions at Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
Email for more information.
South Beach Seafood Week kicks off Wednesday, October 20 with various exclusive experiences throughout the week:
Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 - 10 PM: An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab (Sold Out).
Thursday, October 21, 7:30 – 10:30 PM: Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs at Shelborne
Tickets can be purchased for all events at with additional information found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @sobeseafoodfest. See you in Miami in October for the best seafood festival in Florida!