South Beach Seafood Festival to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With a $10,000 Chef Prize

The South Beach Seafood Festival will return for its 10th anniversary this fall with a celebration featuring a $10,000 chef prize and popular live musical guests at one of the country’s leading seafood events. The four-day festival, from Oct. 19 through Oct. 22, is a curated culinary showcase featuring South Florida’s bounty of seafood options and the region’s most notable chefs and restaurants. The festival consists of four separate ticketed events and also kicks off Miami Beach’s famed stone crab season. The event’s host hotel for 2022 is the newly revamped Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, located at 1717 Collins Ave. Hotel packages for two with weekend tickets and a festival room are available for $1,100. 

One of the highlights will feature 16 of Miami’s top chefs battling head-to-head in eight competitive seafood rounds during the “Chef Showdown” event, with a grand prize of $10,000. The festival’s host hotel for 2022 is the newly revamped Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, located at 1717 Collins Ave. Hotel packages for two with weekend tickets and a festival room are available for $1,100. 

The confirmed list of participating pop-up restaurant cafes in 2022 include:

  • RED, South Beach
  • Café Avanti
  • A Fish Called Avalon
  • Lobster Shack
  • CJs Crabs Shack
  • Tanuki
  • Meat N Bone
  • Cilantro 27
  • Ella’s Oyster Bar
  • Pubbelly Sushi
  • Latin House
  • Social Club
  • Mareva 1939 at the National Hotel


“It’s a momentous 10-year celebration for the South Beach Seafood Festival, and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to support and shine a spotlight on South Florida’s talented chefs and restaurant community every year,” Valerie Roy says, Director of Marketing and Client Strategy at CI Management, the team behind the South Beach Seafood Festival. “We are amplifying our programming and doing things in a more significant way for year 10 to celebrate the heart of what makes South Florida a not-to-be-missed culinary destination, highlighting local culinary talent in a unique manner, adding a $10,000 prize for one lucky chef champ of our Chef Showdown event, as well as bringing in some amazing entertainment to ensure this is our best festival yet.”

Tickets to the annual South Beach Seafood Festival are now available at sobeseafoodfest.com.  

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