Thirsty Guide to 2022 South Beach Seafood Festival in Miami Beach

For four days, from Wednesday, October 19 through Saturday, October 22, the South Beach Seafood Festival returns to the sands of South Beach to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and to kickoff Miami’s globally-recognized stone crab season. In addition to featuring an extraordinary lineup of participating restaurants and chefs showcasing South Florida’s top culinary talent, this year’s festival is enhancing their programming with live musical performances by famed country music singer-songwriter, CMT Award winner, Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., with special guests, CMT nominated country music group, Runaway June.

The official festival cocktail, Tequila Herradura Paloma -will be stirred with Tequila Herradura Silver, Grapefruit Soda and a squeeze of Fresh Lime, then topped off with a grapefruit slice.  Enjoy sips from wine partners such as Piper-Heidsieck, Rabble Wine Company, Phantom, Juggernaut, Bogle Family Vineyards and Castello del Poggio. Other beverage partners include Pacifico Beer and High Noon Sun Sips, and more.

There will also be an Extraordinary Bartender Showdown where four bartenders will compete for who can make the best Tequila Herradura Margarita – the winner walking away with $500.

What To Eat + Drink At The South Beach Seafood Fest

The South Beach Seafood Festival consists of four separate ticketed events taking place throughout the week, each at specific locations on Miami Beach. 

An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab

The already sold-out event consists of a 5-course meal showcasing Executive Chef Andre Bienvenu’s cuisine.

Date + Time: Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30pm until 9:30pm 

Location:  Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Tickets: SOLD OUT event

Crabs, Slabs & Cabs 

This is a formal sit-down, 5-course dinner highlighting ‘Surf n’ Turf’ reimagined by some of Miami’s leading chefs. Hosted by GOYA Foods’ Executive Chef Fernando Desa, the event includes participation from celebrated restaurateur and Pubbelly Sushi partner José Mendín; Fiola Miami’s Executive Chef Danny Ganem; Meat Market Executive Chef and Owner Sean Brasel; Luca Osteria Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli; and host venue chef, The Social Club’s Executive Chef Javier Carballo. 

Date + Time:  Thursday, October 20 at 7:30pm until  10:30pm

Location: High Tide at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel 

Tickets: Limited seats are available through sobeseafoodfest.com

Chef Showdown

Presented by Tequila Herradura, this ultimate beach bash will have 20 of Miami’s top chefs take the main stage and go head-to-head in ten competitive seafood ‘battles’ throughout the night. While guests sample and vote for their favorite dishes as they make their way around the village battle pavilions, representatives from the culinary industry will serve as the final judges to award the best in each showdown. 

This year’s participating restaurants and competitions will include (*denotes reigning champion): 

  •  Battle Ceviche: Aida Mexican SeaFood’s Mauricio Hernandez vs La Cervecería de Barrio’s Alex Medina
  • Battle Crab: 2-Time Champion, Beaker & Gray’s Brian Nasajon* vs Papa’s Raw Bar’s Chad Wyrosdick
  • Battle Fusion-Sushi: Tanuki’s Gustavo Montes vs Chef Luis Gonzalez
  • Battle Salmon presented by Laguna Blanca Salmon: 2021 Champion Mercato della Pescheria’s Alex Martinez vs Ocean 234’s Nicole Fey
  • Battle Lobster: 4-Time Champion, Café Bernie’s Chef Bernie Matz vs Chef Billy G’s Chef Andres Garcia 
  • Battle Oyster: 2021 Champion, UCHI Miami’s Cristian Canencio vs Seawell Fish N Oyster’s Raymond Fiorello
  • Battle Shrimp: Latin House’s Sergio Mazuelos vs Cilantro 27’s Nilton Castillo
  • Battle Surf n’ Turf presented by Halpern’s Steak and Seafood: 2-Time Champion Rusty Pelican’s Jim Pastor vs Social Club’s Javier Carballo
  • Battle Sushi: Zuma’s Nono Shigetomi vs Paperfish Sushi’s Michael Asalie
  • Battle Taco: Tacos & Tattoos’ Jay Cruz vs Bandidos Taqueria Juan Hernandez

The event will be hosted by NBC 6’s Kelly Blanco and this year’s judges will include GOYA Foods’ Executive Chef Fernando Desa; Joe’s Stone Crab’s Executive Chef Andre Bienvenu; RED Steakhouses’ Executive Chef Peter Vauthy; Chef Adrianne Calvo; food writer Sara Liss; and Managing SVP Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at City National Bank of Florida, Eddie Dominguez. Each battle will have one lucky champ and this year, one MVP will be selected as the overall winner to take home a grand prize of $10,000. 

Extraordinary Bartender Showdown

Running alongside the Chef Showdown on Friday night, Tequila Herradura will also host an “Extraordinary Bartender Showdown”. Four bartenders will participate in a head-to-head competition for who can make the best Tequila Herradura margarita recipe. Once again, the guests are the judges, and the winner will earn a $500 prize.

Date + Time: Friday, October 21 at 7pm until 11pm

Location: Lummus Park at 12th and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (at the GOYA Culinary Pavilion in the Baptist Health VIP Village)

Tickets: SOLD OUT Event

The Main Event: South Beach Seafood Festival

Spanning four blocks along Ocean Drive at Lummus Park, the beachfront festival will feature an impressive selection of curated pop-up cafés by some of Miami’s finest seafood restaurants as well as dessert pop-ups. This year’s sea foodies fest will also feature all day music with DJs at the Pacifico Beach Club, Sun Sips by High Noon, and VIP area at the Goya Culinary Pavilion.

In general admission at the Demesmin & Dover live music stage, presented by Jack Daniels, guests will enjoy live performances headlined by CMT award-winning country artist Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. with special guest, Runaway June, as well as local Latin band, Mama Fuma, and classic rock band, The Regs, to start the day. 

General admission guests can also visit the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Lounge, the El Dorado Ultimate Beach Club, the Milam’s Marketplace featuring the Culinary Showcase Kitchen, and more. The VIP area will include a two-block village with specialty activations from Celebrity Cruises, Tequila Herradura, City National Bank, Baptist Health, Oshen Salmon, and more. 

Date + Time: Saturday, October 21 at 12pm (noon) until 7pm

Location: Lummus Park at 12th and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (at the GOYA Culinary Pavilion in the Baptist Health VIP Village)

Tickets:  General Admission starts at $55 with complimentary all day open bar (21+); and VIP Admission starts at $150

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sobeseafoodfest.com ;  @sobeseafoodfest

The iconic South Beach Seafood Festival is brought to you annually by Tequila Herradura and Jack Daniel’s, and is presented by GOYA Foods, City National Bank, Baptist Health, and Breakthru Beverage Florida, along with its partners Piper-Heidsieck, Rabble Wines, Phantom, Juggernaut, Castello del Poggio and hosted by City of Miami Beach, Celebrity Cruises, Pacifico Beer, Milam’s Markets, Cadillac, Bottle Rover, and High Noon Sun Sips, among others. Demesmin & Dover Law Firm, the official entertainment partner, is the newest presenting sponsor of the festival bringing a new element for this anniversary year, and El Dorado Furniture is the newest hosting sponsor as the official outdoor furniture provider.

For 2022, Ride Alto is the official transportation partner of the festival and promo codes are available to ensure guests arrive safe and sound.

In addition to celebrating regional culinary talent, the festival annually supports CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program, a 501 ©(3) nonprofit program that provides healthy meals and nutritional guidance to the local community and Florida’s youth through programs in Miami-Dade County public schools.

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