Florida Keys Seafood Festival
The 12th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., AND Sunday, January 15, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Bayview Park, corner of Truman Avenue & Jose Marti Drive, in Key West.
There was a $5 admission charge per person for adults; children under 12 are admitted free. Parking info: $5 per car at Horace O'Bryant Middle School parking lot, 1105 Leon Street, adjacent to Bayview Park.
For more information regarding the Florida
Keys Seafood Festival, call Caitlin Hemphill, Seafood Festival Coordinator, 305-902-7536, or e-mail: Caitlin.Hemphill@gmail.com, or send correspondence via U.S. mail to:
Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association
PO Box 501404
Marathon, FL 33050-1404
FKCFA website: www.fkcfa.org
The 2017 Florida Keys Seafood Festival included the following:
On the Menu - Fried Fish, Grilled Spiny Lobster, Stone Crab Claws, Pick 'n Peel Key West Pink Shrimp, Smoked Fish Dip with crackers, Lobster Bisque, and Conch Chowder, Conch Ceviche, & Conch Fritters. Hot dogs and hamburgers also were for sale. Beverages sold were beer, wine, rumritas, rumrunners, water, and soda. Desserts, such as Estella's Famous Flan, Nitia, and Key Lime Pie were available for purchase.
Saturday: The Regs - 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Haywire - 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: Taylor King Band - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bone Lee Band 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Raffles were drawn after 2:00 p.m.and between band breaks.
Children's Activities - There was facepainting and hands-on activities for the children's entertainment.
Please note: All information listed is subject to change, except for the dates and times indicated, rain or shine.
Ocean Flavors and More! Cookbook
Proceeds from FKCFA's cookbook goes toward their scholarship fund for Florida Keys students. Cost is $16.
To order the cookbook "Ocean Flavors and More!" call Vicki Gale at 305-872-9026 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Atlantis Trucking, Inc.
Elite Sky Seafood
Gulf Manufacturing Co.
Hak Hide, LLC
Key West Marine Hardware
Origin and Purpose of the
Florida Keys Seafood Festival
The Seafood Festival celebrates our community by bringing families and friends together in a joyful and fun environment to sample the local catch. This family-friendly event was created to showcase local seafood and the Keys' commercial fishing industry by providing the freshest seafood available. Each year our fishermen and women are proud to offer the community a variety of seafood at reasonable prices.
It is hoped that this festival will become an annual event that people can plan their vacations around, since it conveniently falls on a Saturday, the start of a three-day holiday weekend (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is always the third Monday in January). We also hope to raise money for the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association (FKCFA), an industry association to use in providing a sustainable future for the many local fisheries within the Florida Keys. With some of the proceeds from the festival, FKCFA sponsors scholarships for children of local fishermen from Key Largo to Key West.
The absence of a seafood festival in Key West has been obvious for many years. However, it took the devastating hurricane season of 2005 that wiped out 75% of the fishing gear to provide the needed motivation for finally making this now successful event possible. It took the combined efforts of the FKCFA and UF/IFAS/Monroe County Extension Services to make the first festival in 2006 possible. While the fishermen caught, cleaned, and cooked the seafood, the Extension staff organized and coordinated the logistics.
The fishermen and their families work hard at preparing the delicious seafood dishes. Not only will we have the best prices in town, we will also have the freshest shrimp, lobster, and crab. In addition, you can enjoy conch salad, conch fritters, and conch chowder prepared with local recipes. Let’s not forget the sweets that will be available like Flan and Key Lime Pie. And of course libations will be sold as well as soda and water.
This is a day of fun, food, music, and entertainment you do not want to miss!