Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Origin and Purpose
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!
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 will be for sale. Beverages to be sold are beer, wine, rumaritas, rum runners, water, and soda. Desserts, such as Estella’s Famous Flan, Natilla, and Key Lime Pie will be available for purchase.
Saturday: Live music will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: Live music will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
Raffles will be drawn after 2:00 p.m.and between band breaks.
Children’s Activities – The “Kid’s Fun Zone” featuring face painting, touch tanks, coloring, crafts and more…
$5 admission automatically enters you into our seafood raffle worth $250!
Children under 12 get in free.
Thanks for coming and spending the day with us!
Proceeds from this event help to keep our organization strong. It supports fisheries managment on both State and Federal levels and also funds scholarships for college bound students from Key Largo to Key West.
Please note: All information listed is subject to change, except for the dates and times indicated, rain or shine.
The 13th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival