Yesterday, seafood aficionados flocked to Peacock Park to get their hands on stone crabs and celebrate the beginning of the season, as well as enjoy the cool breeze. The second-annual Coconut Grove Seafood Festival sold out all $15 presale and $20 at-the-gate tickets.
Short Order was invited to attend the all-day festivities, which kicked off at 11 a.m. and were supposed to continue until sunset.
By the time we got there around 4 p.m., the party seemed to have died down, and the seafood from the beginning hours had gone with it. Naked Taco closed up shop at 5:45 p.m. Monty's followed 15 minutes later. The VIP area was out of ceviche and serving only empanadas and paella that no one could tell us where it had come from. Perhaps we should have arrived early, but that would have meant dealing with the sun's prime shining time, which even at 4 was still pretty darn sultry.
A supposed grove "wharf" fish market with fresh catches and fishmongers sounded promising, but we seemed to have missed it, unless it was Casablanca's demonstration of fish on sale.
Still, kids were running around and jumping from bounce house to bounce house, and families were having a good time drinking brews and slurping oysters. People seemed to have enjoyed the day's festivities.
Golden arches don't mean only cheeseburgers and fries. Yesterday, it meant stone crab claws and oysters.
Happy Coconut made a killing with its hippie stand and fresh coconut water.
Yes, please! Casablanca proffered the bivalves for just a buck. Obviously, we had to get $20 worth.
They were also serving ceviche.
And seafood paella.
And a shark for decoration.
Zule's Sweet Cakes in the VIP area gave guests samples of rum cake, which was quite tasty.
Wondering if this guy had too much to eat.
Offering more than just seafood, the festival proffered sausage, skewers, funnel cakes, and gyros. The variety was nice, but it would have been better if more vendors were swarming with sea creatures.
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Perhaps the biggest disappointment came when we tried to sample Red Zeppelin's rockin' lobster roll and found everything was sold out. Oh well, at least we know what the favorite of the day was. The good news: You can catch Red Zeppelin roving around the streets of Miami any day of the week.
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