The annual festival will take place in Miami Beach this October 2014, with an impressive array of participating eateries.
Crack Open Your Fall with the 2nd Annual Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Week, October 22-25,2014, with the main event, the all day South Beach Seafood Festival, on Saturday, October 25th from 1-9PM on 7th & Ocean Drive, Lummus Park in Miami Beach, sponsored by Title Sponsor, Hess Select, and hosted by Coca-Cola, among others. The week of events will feature a delightful mix of the very best of what South Florida has to offer event goers in the areas of entertainment, wine & spirits, and culinary scene showcasing Miami’s finest culinary masters and signature brands all to support the Community Initiatives Foundation and their new EAT SMART Campaign.
The CI Management team has worked diligently to create an experience not to be forgotten and most definitely will not disappoint, as they provide South Florida locals and visiting “foodies” an opportunity to enjoy signature seafood from multiple premier local restaurants with a little taste for everyone.
Below is a list of each event with the list of participating restaurant and event sponsors joining to host the culinary foodies in South Beach for the weekend:
Wednesday, October 22: Kick Off Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab
The Kick Off Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab will be limited to 50 guests and exclusively hosted for the weekend major sponsors as well as the most VIP seafoodies out there as this event will kick off the weekend with a 4-course meal filled with pounds of Fresh Joe’s Stone Crabs with the season just beginning the week before. Each course will be enhanced by a Master Sommelier experience featuring wines from the Hess Collection and delicious beers from Tenth & Blake Brewery along with a special educational experience from the Joe’s Team. There are only 1 or 2 seats left for this exclusive dinner in Jesse’s Private Room. Tickets are $500 pp.
Thursday, October 23: Seafood Shuffle
The Thursday Night event will host approx. 150-200 guests as they kick off the Seafood Shuffle at Equinox on 5th and Collins Ave, receive samples and enjoy chef demos from City Hall the Restaurants, before they pick up their tickets and make their way leisurely to different restaurants participating in the Shuffle down Ocean Drive, Collins Ave, and Washington Ave. Each restaurant will provide each guest with a complimentary glass of Hess Select wine or cocktail, sponsored by Bacardi, Stoli, and Herradura and then there are $5 bite menus for guests to purchase as well as opportunity to purchase additional beverages. Be a guest of our restaurant partners and enjoy an experience with friends. Hop on a freebee or walk around and make your way to visit over 10 restaurants around South Beach. Participating restaurants include Siena Tavern, Red the Steakhouse, CJs, Park Central Café , A Fish Called Avalon, Clevelander, Pepe Nero, Poseidon, and Naked Taco. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include giveaways along with the 10 complimentary cocktails or glass of Hess Select Wine. Event goes, be sure to #SeafoodShuffle !
Friday, October 24: Chef Showdown @ Seafood & Sneakers Ball
The night before the festival will be the Chef Showdown @ the Seafood & Sneakers Ball, sponsored by Range Rover and Bacardi, hosted at 9th & Ocean Drive in the GOYA Culinary Pavilion at the event site. The Chef Showdown will bring together some of the area’s most beloved restaurants as their chefs compete head to head for the title of the best seafood dishes in various categories. The most exclusive ticket of the weekend, the new Chef Showdown @ Seafood & Sneakers Ball will be hosted by Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano and feature Miami’s finest participating in cook-offs on the 305-KITCHEN.com Demo Stages around the venue with the “Cutting Board” experts lending their expertise to choose our winners in each category. But, don’t worry, they don’t have all the say. Attendees will participate in the public vote as guests will visit the tasting stations around the event space showcasing the 12 participating restaurants, sample their signature dishes showcased on the demo stages, and vote on who is the best in each category. Guests will vote like a pro and help choose the evening’s winners! In addition, there will be signature raw bars, featured wine and cocktails, interactive zones, a fashion show featuring #MadeinMiami brands, and more. All sustainable seafood for the event will be provided by event sponsor, Whole Foods. So put on your swankiest footwear and join in the fun for the “gala” evening of the weekend to kick off the fundraising for the new EAT SMART Campaign. Tickets for this event are $150 per person and include all Chef Showdown samples, full raw bar tastings, access to all event open bars featuring the Hess Selection Collection, delicious beers from Blue Moon & Peroni, as well as signature cocktails featuring Bacardi. This event will also be hosted with a private Media Lounge, sponsored by South Florida Executive Magazine, which 40 media representatives will be selected to join in the fun and get exclusive access to the event as well as the restaurants participating in the showdown. Participating restaurants for the Chef Showdown include: Lure Fishbar, Siena Tavern, Red the Steakhouse, Florida Cookery, Oceanaire, Dolce Italian, City Hall, Café Avanti, CIBO, De Rodriguez, Naked Taco, Park Central, and Poseidon. Chefs will be paired based on their signature dishes and the 6 competitions will be announced shortly. Help us decide who makes the best Lobster Roll on the beach or who has the best take on what an outstanding Surf ‘N Turf should be? With your help, we will know who will win this year’s #ChefShowdown.
Saturday, October 25: Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival
Over 6,500 seafood-lovers supported the newest culinary event of the year in 2013, now considered one of Miami’s annual “do not miss” festivals. Guests agreed after attending last year that the perfect equation was created, one comprised of the beautiful ocean, amazing food and lots of great activities to partake in. The bar has been set high and CI Management is ready for the task. The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival will again draw local and visiting foodies, celebrities, and VIPs with participating restaurants featuring Mini Café’s on the sand, entertainment by some of the most popular live bands to include Spam All-Stars, cooking and mixology demonstrations, retail activations, and multiple full bars that will feature a variety of wines from entitlement partner, HESS SELECT, cocktails by local mixologists featuring: Bacardi, Stoli, Tequila Herradura, and Gold Coast Beverages beer, to include Blue Moon, Peroni, Crispin Cider, and Coors Light, and non alcoholic drinks and samples provided by event host, Coca-Cola. Confirmed sponsors to date also include: Premier Beverage, Goya, featuring a new on-site Goya Culinary Pavilion for Premier All Access Pass holders, Warren Henry Automotive Group, Range Rover, Equinox, Coca-Cola, Badia, Doctors Hospital, Walgreens, Arquitectonica, Flowers Baking Co., Metro Signs, Le Cordon Bleu, 50 State Security, US Army, and SFM Services Inc. Participating restaurants for Saturday’s Festival include, but are not limited to: Joe’s Stone Crab, A Fish Called Avalon, Altamare Restaurant, Café Avanti, CIBO, City Hall the Restaurant, CJ’s Crab Shack, Naked Taco, Park Central Café, Poseidon Greek Restaurant, Red the Steakhouse, Tarpon Bend, Smith & Wollensky, and Whole Foods. Each restaurant will showcase 2-3 Menu Items featuring a variety of options to include Grilled Lobster Tails and filet for a Surf ‘N Turf from Red or choice of Seafood tacos from Naked Taco, stone crabs and crab cakes, linguini with clams, mahi sliders, shrimp and grits, bang bang shrimp, lobster mac ‘n cheese, raw bars featuring freshly shucked oysters, and more. This is an eating festival, not a sampling so guests are encouraged to come ready to dive in! The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival invites you to come out with friends and enjoy this year’s event. Don’t forget, you can bring the kids too as Goya hosts the “little chefs” in the GOYA Kids Zone for a great day of family fun! Festival General Admission tickets are available for $25, Seafood Lovers for $50, which includes food & beverage tickets and discounted admission, and Premier All Access Pass for $150, which provides a variety of benefits to include access to the Premier Hospitality Village & Lounge and the GOYA Culinary Pavilion, featuring open bars and signature interactive demo stations by partner wine and spirits brands as well as culinary demos, lounges, air-conditioning, and more interactive activities for our “Premier Seafoodies”.
“We’re excited to see the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival grow and provide innovative support to the community
with the new EAT SMART program,” said Timothy Persson, Chief Executive Officer of The Hess Collection, “and we’re equally pleased to see the festival’s continued success benefit the other beneficiaries of the Community Initiatives Fund.” Pairing wine and seafood is a natural fit, he noted, and partnering with Premier Beverage to celebrate the Stone Crab season was an easy decision to make. “Hess Select wines are involved in several sustainable seafood programs, and whenever we can share this message and have a bit of fun along the way, it’s a great pairing.”
To purchase tickets to the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival and satellite events leading up to the festival please visit: www.sobeseafoodfest.com. Follow us! Facebook: Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival | Instagram: @SobeSeafoodFest | Twitter: @SobeSeafoodFest use HASHTAG: #SobeSeafood
Additionally, check out participating event restaurants during the month of October and enjoy signature “SEAFOOD SLAM” Menu items and featured Hess Select Wines to get your pallet ready for our week of fun.
The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Week is taking place on October 22-25, 2014. For more information and media inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.595.7888. Photographs and interviews are available by request.