South Beach Seafood Festival Preview Luncheon

By Lauren Cohen

The South Beach Seafood Festival kicked off promotions for its 3rd Annual festival with an exclusive preview luncheon at City Hall Restaurant. The media-only event focused on what to expect from the upcoming festival in October, and we can tell you this: if this preview was any indication, this is one festival that foodies wonít want to miss!

Guests at City Hall were treated to a mouth-watering four-course meal, courtesy of City Hallís Luis Lopez. Each course was accompanied by a pairing of delicious Hess Wines, as well as some fun interactive activities, such a mini cooking class and make-your-own-mojitos, compliments of Bacardi USA.

We started with the tender Tuna Tartar, which was quickly followed by Shrimp and Grits, bathed in City Hallís tasty signature sauce. And just when we were starting to think we were too full to eat any more came out the 3rd Ė and absolute best -- course: the festivalís top selling Mahi Slider. The extravagant meal wrapped up with City Hallís most popular dessert, the irresistible Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding.

In between courses, guests had the opportunity to go inside the kitchen with Chef Lopez himself to watch the delectable dishes get made first hand during an interactive cooking class.

The 2015 SoBe Seafood Festival commences in October -- just in time for stone crab season -- with A Wine Pairing Evening at Joeís, an intimate dinner exclusive to just 50 very lucky diners. Other events include the Chef Showdown, in which some of Miamiís top chefs battle it out in a series of competitive cook-offs, and Cooking & Cocktails, a live pilot episode taping which is described as ďan interactive night of course creation and cocktail consumption.Ē

Saturday, October 24, is an all day event (1-9 p.m.), and will feature 15 restaurants from all around Miami, including Joeís Stone Crab, Oceanaire, Red The Steakhouse, and many more.

If their media luncheon proved anything, itís that the SoBe Seafood Festival isnít about sample sizes and small tastings; itís about a true culinary experience, featuring the best the participating restaurants have to offer. They like to think of themselves as an ďeating festivalĒ rather than a simple tasting event. Full sized dishes are available for a steal at $5-$10, with over 50 menu items to choose from.

And as if thatís not enough, all festival tickets will include a full open bar.

Festival Access tickets start at just $25, and are available at that price for a limited time. For those looking for a VIP experience, All-Access tickets are currently available for $100 and will go up to $150 at the end of July.

To purchase tickets, visit