Just eat it.
Local seafood is abundant, affordable and just plain awesome. Florida Keys festivals celebrate crustaceans, conch and crispy, fried fish fingers among loads of other succulent favorites. Here are a few upcoming feasts you don’t want to miss.
The sixth annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival transforms Key West into an afternoon and evening filled with shrimp-shucking, lobster-sucking and crab-cracking. Presented by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the family-friendly festival is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Key West’s Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. Admission is free.
A succulent combination of fresh seafood, live local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, casting classes and costume contests, the second annual Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival is held at Rowell’s Marina, mile marker 104.5 bayside. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per adult and free for children age 12 and under.
Barefoot beach parties, coconut bowling and grand wine tastings highlight the foodie and oenophile fun during the Key West Food & Wine Festival, set for Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 27-30. Most popular is Duval Uncorked, a stroll down Key West’s renowned Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic, with appetizing forays into restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques.