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Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival: Seeing Seafood and Eating It (Photos)

This is more than A Fish Called Avalon, these dudes are hanging tough.
This is more than A Fish Called Avalon, these dudes are hanging tough.
Carina Ost

Forget the South Beach Diet, we were on the seafood diet consisting of seeing seafood and eating it. This past Saturday, we joined seafood enthusiasts at Lummus Park to ring in the start of stone crab season at the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival. The sun was shining, the juicy meat of stone crab was coming through the pre-cracked shells, the wine was flowing and several eateries served seafood by the seashore. .

Offerings ranged from paella to chowder to crab, lobster, tuna, shrimp, octopus, oysters, mussels, squid and scallops. Some of the restaurants slinging seafood included Red, A Fish Called Avalon, City Hall, Cafe Avanti, Catch, Tarpon, Cibo, Poseidon, Park Central and CJ's Crab Shack. We indulged in all the seafood offerings and chatted with season 7 Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga and sampled his fried oyster sliders, a favorite bite of the event.

We couldn't wait to get our claws on this stone crab.
We couldn't wait to get our claws on this stone crab.
Carina Ost

Like the groundhog, the stone crab has spoken Endless stone crabs claws were being served in the VIP tent by Le Cordon Bleu and Temaris and CJ's Crab Shack also had quite the bounty for attendees to purchase.

Working that filet and that tail.
Working that filet and that tail.
Carina Ost

While the stone crab claws may have been a show stopper, who could forget the mighty lobster? Red The Steakhouse served filet and lobster tail, A Fish Called Avalon served a wild rice tempura lobster tail with four mustard horseradish-honey sauce and Cibo got intense with some homemade lobster raviolis.

Shake that tail feather, Red.
Shake that tail feather, Red.
Carina Ost
Lobster tempura from A Fish Called Avalon.
Lobster tempura from A Fish Called Avalon.
Carina Ost
The look of lobster ravioli is in your eyes.
The look of lobster ravioli is in your eyes.
Carina Ost

 

This octopus on a stick is ready to hit the grill.
This octopus on a stick is ready to hit the grill.
Carina Ost

Beyond the lobster, other great dishes served included the grilled octopus skewers from Poseidon. While the flimsy stick may not have been as strong as Poseidon's trident it packed quite a punch with tender tasty octopus. The team at City Hall restaurant delivered delicious crispy mahi sliders with cajun aioli. Ahem, perhaps other governments should take note of the fine work done by this city hall.

All hands on deck from City Hall to deliver this slider.
All hands on deck from City Hall to deliver this slider.
Carina Ost
These fried oyster sliders slid all the way home.
These fried oyster sliders slid all the way home.
Carina Ost

When it comes to epic sliders, one of our favorites of the day came from Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga who served up a fried oyster version at the Tabasco table. The sandwich had breaded and fried oysters that were still juicy, carrot slaw, and gribiche on a freshly baked bun. Kevin, who is working on opening his second restaurant in Philadelphia, told the audience during a cooking demonstration that he was happy to be back in Miami sweating his tail off. He lived here for three years while attending Johnson & Wales and studying culinary arts. When speaking to him afterwards about Miami, he admitted that he didn't have any old haunts at that time because he really couldn't afford to eat out. On this trip, though, he has eaten at Cypress Room and Yardbird.

Cooking lesson from a Top Chef winner.
Cooking lesson from a Top Chef winner.
Carina Ost

During a weekend with numerous food events, and even another seafood festival, it was nice to bring the seafood back to its home, the beach. The best way to welcome snow crab season is right on the beach cracking a claw with sand on your toes.

Bringing it all home.
Bringing it all home.
Carina Ost

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