Now in its 35th year, Art Deco Weekend has grown from a small neighborhood party into a 15 block, open-air, historical and often hysterical Festival. This past weekend's three-day event , offered a visual feast for the eyes and yummies for the tummies in a unique architectural environment...oh and there are the almost-naked, fit, young bodies available for viewing too. Hey, it's the beach, skin is in!
Ocean Drive was transformed into a promenade filled with culture, architecture, vendors, fun fashions, a parade with costumed two and four-legged creatures posing for pictures, live music, lectures, a film series, vintage cars, food trucks and an assortment of fun characters strolling the street from noon through the wee hours of the night.
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Once again, the Miami Design Preservation League hosted the event and introduced a new venue. Eighteen affordable food booths which represented some of the lively restaurants that line the famous Drive, provided take-away items to munch on. Prices for the nibbles and drinks ranged from $3 to $10.
A Fish Called Avalon offered goodies such as chef Kal's signature New England clam chowder for $6 or a jumbo lump crab cake with lemon pommery sauce and organic baby greens, also at $6. Kitchen had super hot dogs or chicken wings for $7. The Clevelander had a pulled pork sandwich for $8 and domestic beer for $6. The Place offered any brand of beer for $3 and Mango's Tropical Cafe had a Cuban mojito for $10. Considering the location, prices were reasonable and the variety of light bites was interesting.
"This is a really good initiative for the restaurants," said chef Vita of Park Central. "We're offering a Paella or Philly cheese steak sandwich for $7 and we've got red or white wine for $3. We're looking forward to doing this every year from now on."