Claws galore this weekend at the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival.
Claws galore this weekend at the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival.
Photo courtesy Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Seafood Festivals, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Beer

This weekend, Biscayne Bay Brewing celebrates its third anniversary, the South Beach Seafood Festival returns, the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival takes place at Miami Marine Stadium, St. Rosh Market hosts a preview party at the Broken Shaker, Funky Buddha releases a limited-edition beer, and celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian hosts an unlimited stone crab dinner.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Seafood Festivals, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Beer
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South Beach Seafood Festival. The fifth-annual South Beach Seafood Festival returns to the sand with a celebration of the sea — and stone crabs. Friday, Miami's best chefs will go head-to-head in eight categories, ranging from "Battle Crab" to "Battle Surf and Turf." Also expect a Herradura cocktail showdown inside Casa Herradura to crown Miami's best bartender. Saturday, 18 Miami restaurants will set up oceanfront cafés, serving the very best seafood dishes for $5 to $8. Chef Showdown 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, October 20, at 11th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $150. Seafood Festival noon to 7 p.m. at Lummus Park, 14th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $45 for general admission, $150 for VIP. Purchase tickets at sobeseafoodfest.com.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Seafood Festivals, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Beer
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Let's Get Ship Faced! Anniversary Party at Biscayne Bay Brewing Company. You need no excuse to get shit-faced. This is Miami, a city that survives and thrives on intoxication. But getting "ship faced"? For that, you have to hit up Biscayne Bay Brewing’s anniversary party, Let's Get Ship Faced! For three years, the beloved brewery has been luring bodies to Doral to have fun, which is definitely a feat. A DJ and food trucks will help the locally brewed beer go down even more smoothly. Noon Saturday, October 21, at Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, 8000 NW 25th St., #500, Doral; biscaynebaybrewing.com. Admission is free.

The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival (and stone crabs) are back.
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival (and stone crabs) are back.
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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival at Miami Marine Stadium. You’d think the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival would take place in Coconut Grove. Silly you. It’ll actually happen right across the bay in Key Biscayne. The waterfront celebration of the fruits of the sea kicks off stone crab season, so be ready for the sweet, tasty flesh of those little critters. There will be live Caribbean music, areas for kids to play and learn, and mojito and wine lounges for adults. Most important, expect more than 25 gourmet culinary partners shoveling fishy food down your gullet. The proceeds will benefit Celebration of the Sea Foundation, which works to engage and educate people to protect the ocean and promote STREAM (science, technology, recreation, engineering, arts, and music) education. 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22 at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com. Admission starts at $15.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Seafood Festivals, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Beer
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St. Roch Market Preview at the Broken Shaker. The New Orleans-based food hall St. Roch Market is expected to debut in Miami by early 2018. To get a taste of what's to come, the forthcoming market will host the Broken Shaker's Sunday barbecue from 2 to 4 p.m. The team will sample bites from multiple vendors, including Yuzu Miami chef Andrew Zarzosa, and serve complimentary cocktails made by guest bartender Derek Brumfield of the Mayhaw. Surprise vendors will also be announced. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at the Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; RSVP here.

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Brooklyn Pizzeria Roberta's Pop-Up Now Open in Design District. Roberta's, a popular Brooklyn restaurant and pizza shop based in Bushwick, has fired up its oven in the Design District to produce a lineup of traditional and exotic pies through April 2018. The Miami pop-up will offer many of the same items served at the Brooklyn flagship, including margherita pizzas, topped with tomato, mozzarella, and basil; the Bee Sting, layered with tomato, mozzarella, soppressata (Italian dry salami), a dash of chili flakes, and a honey drizzle; and the Famous Original, piled with Caciocavallo cheese, oregano, and chili flakes. Pies will be available in two sizes and will be priced from $9 to $18. Now open in the Design District's Jungle Plaza. Entrances at 3801 NE First Ave. and 140 NE 39th St., Miami. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Seafood Festivals, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Beer
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Undefeated Saison Beer Release at Funky Buddha. Four years ago, Funky Buddha Brewery began a tradition that allows you to toast with an extremely special beer as soon as the Dolphins' perfect record is safe. Each season, after the last NFL team loses its first game, Funky Buddha releases a limited-edition beer, Undefeated Saison, to toast in celebration of the 1972 Dolphins still being the lone NFL team to finish a season unbeaten. This year, Funky Buddha made a remixed version of Undefeated Saison, adding a little twist some drinkers might find quite interesting. Beer release Sunday, October 22, at Funky Buddha, 201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park; 954-440-0046; funkybuddhabrewery.com. $14 per bottle and $20 for the barrel-aged version.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Seafood Festivals, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Beer
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Point Royal Stone Crab Kickoff. Welcome stone crab season in beachfront style at Geoffrey Zakarian’s all-you-can-eat feast for $89 this Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to Glam-a-Thon, benefiting the Broward Health Foundation’s Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center. Plus, Zakarian himself will be there to crack some claws and jokes. October 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com. Tickets cost $89 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

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