Here in the Florida Keys we’re surrounded by well-stocked waters, which makes for a cornucopia of fresh seafood. This is the festival to try pink shrimp, spiny lobster, stone crab, conch and other local catches. Eat like a local by eating local! Here’s a guide on what to eat at the fest and how to eat it like a true Key West native (tip: stone crab is best served chilled).
This festival attracts foodies across the country in search of exciting foodfare and a warm escape from winter. Held every January, the event sets itself apart from other food festivals with Cuban cuisine cooking classes, Key lime pie demos, garden walks and more. 24 North Hotel participates every year, with a grilled cheese and craft beer pairing.
What goes better with fresh food than the fresh outdoors? This family-friendly event has live music, craft beer and innovative bites in an excellent location. Try something local from Flamingo Street and something healthy from The Raw Machine, then wash it all down with a local brew. Held at the East Martello Tower at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Fourth of July weekend is sweetened every year with the Key Lime Festival, which celebrates the island’s beloved lime in all its forms (mostly just pie, though). Taste Key lime rum, participate in a pie drop, and don’t miss out on the pie-eating contest. Plan your 4th of July getaway ahead of time to take part in the most Key West festival there is.
Celebrate the opening of spiny lobster season by chowing down on the local crustacean. The Key West Lobster Fest is most popular for its street fair, which includes arts and crafts, live music and, of course, spiny lobster. Read more about spiny lobsters.
Traveling to Key West without car? Check out specials at 24 North - we offer continuous shuttle service into town and much more.