Seafood Lovers Unite for the 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

Kick Off Stone Crab Season with 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival Returning October 2023
Photo courtesy of South Beach Seafood Festival

Kick Off Stone Crab Season with the 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival Returning October 2023

South Florida’s highly anticipated South Beach Seafood Festival is back for its 11th year from Wednesday, October 18 through Saturday, October 21, ready to once again bring together seafood enthusiasts, top-notch culinary talent, and the vibrant spirit of Miami’s beachfront community. Scheduled at the start of Miami’s famed stone crab season, this highly anticipated event promises an unforgettable experience for foodies and fun seekers, with a celebration gearing up to be the best yet. With four days of special programming, including famous live musical guests, endless tastings, chef competitions, cooking demonstrations, and more, this year’s festival will raise the bar for one of the country’s leading seafood events. Hosted with the support of Miami-Dade County.

The South Beach Seafood Festival consists of four separate ticketed events. On Wednesday, October 18, “An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab.” The five-course meal, hosted by Jack Daniels Single Barrel, showcases Executive Chef Andre Bienvenu’s cuisine paired with fine wines curated by master sommeliers. Next up, “Crabs, Slabs & Cabs” occurs the following evening at the historic Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. This year’s event has been reimagined as a formal sit-down, five-course dinner highlighting an international take on traditional ‘Surf n’ Turf’ interpreted by five of the Magic City’s leading chefs. On Friday evening, the gloves will come off as 20 of Miami’s top chefs head to head in ten competitive seafood rounds during the annual sold-out “Chef Showdown,” coined the ultimate beach bash on South Beach. The excitement building up during the nightly events will culminate at the week’s main celebration, the “South Beach Seafood Festival.”

 Festival Event Schedule

Kick Off Stone Crab Season with 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival Returning October 2023
Photo courtesy of South Beach Seafood Festival

Wednesday, October 18 – An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab      

A ticket to “An Evening at Joe’s” reserves a seat in ‘Jesse’s Room,’ the original setting where greats like Al Capone and Frank Sinatra cracked claws. Guests will travel back in time with Joe’s Stone Crab’s General Manager, Brian Johnson, basking in the iconic history of the country’s top-grossing restaurant while learning to crack the perfect claw and enjoying the world’s freshest stone crab catch. The evening is a five-course meal showcasing Executive Chef Andre Bienvenu’s cuisine and fine wines curated by master sommeliers.

Joe’s Stone Crab; 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $500 – Purchase your tickets here

Kick Off Stone Crab Season with 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival Returning October 2023
Photo courtesy of South Beach Seafood Festival

Thursday, October 19 – Crabs, Slabs, & Cabs

Taking place at the High Tide beach club at Miami’s iconic Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, “Crabs, Slabs, & Cabs” is a formal sit-down, five-course dinner and a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience in a tropical oasis set for the ultimate seafood extraordinaire. Some of Miami’s finest chefs will join forces with GOYA’s Executive Chef, Fernando Desa, to create their unique international take on the traditional ‘surf n’ turf’ dish. Limited to 150 guests, attendees will explore flavors worldwide as each chef presents a different course showcasing their delicious interpretation of the delightful surf-turf pairing.

Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel; 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $250 per person – Purchase your tickets here

Kick Off Stone Crab Season with 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival Returning October 2023
Photo courtesy of South Beach Seafood Festival

Friday, October 20 – Chef Showdown

Join Miami’s top chefs for an evening of competitive culinary cook-offs where attendees will serve as the judges as they indulge in endless seafood dishes and refreshing cocktails. “Chef Showdown,” brought to you by Herradura Tequila and presented by GOYA in the Culinary Pavilion of the Baptist Health Hospitality Village, will guide guests through the absolute best of Miami’s culinary scene where 20 chefs—including last year’s champions—will battle it out head-to-head in ten unique seafood showdowns. Chefs will host ‘battle pavilions’ where guests will sample and vote for their favorites.

Lummus Park; 1130 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
Tickets: $160 per person – Purchase your tickets here

Kick Off Stone Crab Season with 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival Returning October 2023
Photo courtesy of South Beach Seafood Festival

Saturday, October 21 – South Beach Seafood Festival

The main event, brought to you by Jack Daniels, spans four blocks on the sands of South Beach and will feature a selection of curated pop-up cafés created by some of Miami’s finest seafood restaurants. In addition to an assortment of restaurant pop-ups and complimentary all-day open bars for all ticketed guests at the general admission and VIP admission level, the beachfront festival will include live music stages, interactive sponsor experiences, beach games, and much more. Attendees will enjoy shareable portions of stone crabs, lobster waffle cones, steak and lobster skewers, ceviche, oysters, shrimp tacos, and shrimp cocktails. VIP ticket holders will gain access to a one-and-a-half-block private village with exclusive experiences, private samplings, and more.

Lummus Park; 1400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
Tickets: $60* for General Admission; $160* for VIP – Purchase your tickets here

South Beach Seafood Festival’s host hotel for 2023 is the newly revamped Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, located at 1717 Collins Avenue. Limited Weekend passes are available for $250 per person. Hotel Packages for two with weekend tickets and a festival room are available for $1,100.

For more information, please visit sobeseafoodfest.com.

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