COCONUT GROVE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL TO FOCUS ON
MAJOR KEYS RELIEF EFFORT
Miami, Florida — For the past several years, the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival and seafood fans have relied on fresh fish from the Florida Keys. Fishing in the Keys is not just a lifestyle, but for many, their livelihood and lifeblood. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the event organizers feel an urgency to support the Keys economy and lifestyle, to get them back to where they once were. It’s with that in mind that this year’s Coconut Grove Seafood Festival has partnered once again with Celebration of the Sea Foundation, and this year, they will be promoting the KeysStrong.org relief efforts to help support for families in the Keys who need it the most. The initiative additionally helps to coordinate volunteers who want to support the families and efforts now underway to rebuild the Keys communities.Due to the popularity of last year’s Celebration of The Sea Eco-Discovery Zone, the event will feature a growing number of exciting and innovative environmental and educational hands-on activities, such as exhibits, games, touch tanks, stage performances, video displays, and inflatables while promoting new career opportunities and student pathways for ecotourism, SCUBA diving, and STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts and Math), which are critical to South Florida’s economy. The activities are co-hosted with leading educational, scientific, and civic organizations including the NOVA Guy Harvey Research Institute, Wyland Foundation, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the University of Miami, the Shark Whisperer, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, MOTE Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Dolphins Plus and Florida Keys Marine Mammal Responder. For the Key’s relief initiative, Celebration of the Seas is working directly with KeysStrong.org to provide support with 100% of all funding going directly to the families and businesses most heavily hit by Hurricane Irma. To find out more about how you can help support the children and families in the keys please visist KeysStrong.org.
The Coconut Seafood Festival is the perfect way to kick off the Stone Crab Season – by enjoying the fresh seafood supplied by our partners in the Keys such as conch, lobster, grouper and stone crabs. With over 25 seafood vendors, live Caribbean beats, a family fun zone, mojito bars, and more, there’s something for everyone. As years past, the Casablanca Fish Market will be the ideal place to stock up on fresh seafood. The Shipwreck Bar & Lounge will be jammin’ with live acoustic music, crafted cocktails and plenty of lounge seating, and The Kitchen Lab presented by Macy’s will offer cooking demonstrations with Andy Bates, Poke 305, Phuc Yea and a Chopped Jr. contestant. In addition, on Saturday, there will be a “Clam Chowder Contest” with two seafood enthusiasts who will go head-to-head for a cash prize. On Sunday, there will be a “Battle on the Bay” contest series where local chefs will face off in a challenge to see who wins the title for: Best Ceviche and Best Paella.
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is brought to you by the crew at SWARM, creators of Grovetoberfest, Sprung!, Basel House, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Mary Brickell Village and many other fun, high-profile events. For up-to-the-minute news, “Like” their Facebook page at facebook.com/CoconutGroveSeafoodFestival. Follow them on Twitter at @GroveSeafood. For food or vendor information, visit the website, call (305) 461-2700 or email info@TheSwarmEffect.com.
About The Celebration of the Sea Foundation
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation is a Florida-based 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, dedicated to inspire, educate and engage people around the world to protect the ocean and the world’s natural resources. A specific focus of the Foundation’s initiatives is to develop resilient communities and promote STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts & Music) education and career paths. The Foundation’s programs focus on ways in which each of us can make a positive impact on the environment while placing specific emphasis on the world’s ecological systems. For more information about the Celebration of the Sea Foundation visit www.CelebrationoftheSea.org or contact Missy Tougas, Community Outreach Coordinator at (772) 216-1583 or Missy@CelebrationOfTheSea.org.