Coconut Grove Arts Festival: Food as Art (Photos)

The annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, now celebrating its 51st year, is one of the longest-established festivals in the country. Each Presidents' Day weekend, tens of thousands of people flock to the Grove to buy art in every medium and price range. And there is something for everyone -- from giant sculptures and oil paintings to photographs and jewelry. The festival is open today at Peacock Park and along Bayshore Drive, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is $15 per day; residents of zip code 33133 pay only $5; children under 12 are free.

What does the festival have to do with food? Well, in addition to the culinary pavilion, where some of Miami's best chefs demonstrate their cooking skills hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the dozens of food and drink vendors serving everything from funnel cake to bloody marys, food is the subject of much of the art.

If you're as food obsessed as we are, you might just want to pick up an homage to peanut butter and jelly for your living room or a wearable coffee cup for your lapel. Here are our favorite finds.

"Mario Botali the Fobot" by Amy Flynn.

"Dog N Suds" by Jolyn Hecht.

"Deconstructed PB&J" by Greg Knott.

"Starving Artist" by Robin Lauersdorf.

Coffee and Cupcake ceramic pins by Sean Brown.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, on Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >