Florida Keys Seafood Festival
The 9th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival was held on Saturday,
January 18, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., AND Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Bayview Park
(corner of Truman Avenue & Jose Marti Drive) in Key West. FREE ADMISSION!
Parking info: $5 per car at Horace O'Bryant Middle School parking lot, 1105 Leon Street, adjacent to Bayview Park.
The 2014 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, Conch Dawgs, and Conch Chowder, Conch Ceviche, & Conch Fritters. Hot dogs and hamburgers were also for sale. Beverages sold were beer, wine, margaritas, rumrunners, water, and soda. Desserts, such as Estella's Famous Flan, Nitia, Key Lime Pie, and soft ice cream were available for purchase.
Entertainment - Emcee Captain Marlin Scott
Saturday: Live music started at 11:00 a.m. and concluded at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: Live music started at 11:00 a.m. and concluded at 5:00 p.m.
The Key West Comparsa Dancers performed at 1:00 p.m.
Raffles were drawn after 2:00 p.m. between band breaks.
Children's Activities - The "Kid's Fun Zone" featuring a Bounce House, Giant Slide, Rock Climbing, Water Balls, and much more, were back for the children's entertainment.
For more information regarding the Florida
Keys Seafood Festival, call Vicki Gale, Event
Coordinator, at (305) 872-9026, Fax (305) 292-4415, or e-mail:
or send correspondence via U.S. mail to:
Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association
PO Box 501404
Marathon, FL 33050-1404
Proceeds from FKCFA's cookbook goes toward their scholarship fund
for Florida Keys students.
To order the cookbook "Ocean Flavors and More!" call Vicki Gale at 305-872-9026 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Click here to see businesses in the Keys that have the cookbook for sale.
Please note: The date of the 10th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival is being negotiated. As soon as the date is determined, it will be posted on this web page.
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Blue Ocean Seafood
Erey Seafood Exporters, Inc.
Gulf Manufacturing Co.
Hak Hide, LLC
Key Largo Fisheries, Inc.
Key West Marine Hardware, Inc.
Miami River Lobster
Ryan Construction Services
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!