Monthly Archives: July 2013
Fans of unique beers and ales can sample more than 150 varieties including unique microbrews at the fourth annual Key West BrewFest, set for Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. The schedule features brew-focused dinners, craft beer tastings and seminars, pool parties, a lavish tasting festival on the beach and other enticements for thirsty attendees.
The Labor Day weekend celebration benefits the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Beers range from intriguingly named offerings such as Monk in the Trunk and Woodchuck Draft Cider to local favorite Key West Sunset Ale and specialties from the Florida Keys Brewing Company.
Pre-festival events begin Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a home brew contest at Old Town Manor, 511 Eaton St., and a beer and rum dinner at the Rum Barrel, 528 Front St.
Friday evening includes “tap takeovers” at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., and Krawl Off Duval, 506 Southard St. The festival’s centerpiece is Saturday from 4-8 p.m. when the BrewFest Signature Tasting Festival takes place with more than 150 beers from around the world. The event is located on Key West’s South Beach at the Atlantic Ocean end of Duval Street. Admission is $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door, or $75 for entry to the tasting and a 3 p.m. VIP hour.
Nighttime parties, a beer market, dinners and even beer breakfasts and brunches at Key West restaurants round out BrewFest’s attractions for lager lovers.
Event information and ticketing: www.keywestbrewfest.com or 305-295-6519
Images compliments of www.keywestbrewfest.com
Revelers can unleash hidden heroics or devious alter egos Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27, during Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest celebration. Themed “Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond,” the 2013 festival features 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades, all climaxing in an epic grand parade set for Saturday, Oct. 26.
To book a room at Parrot Key Resort, dial (877) 684-5095.
Event organizers encourage 2013 participants to design floats and costumes around the festival theme.
They might take inspiration from caped crusaders or cartoon foes, mythic gods and monsters, “good guys” from the silver screen or denizens of the dark side.
In addition, Key West’s Caribbean roots are to be celebrated with Friday and Saturday’s Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village.
Throughout the festival, themed costume competitions are planned to draw competitors ranging from single super-humans to dynamic duos and groups. The schedule also includes a pirate bash, a rock-and-roll burlesque musical, a “Halos & Horns” soiree and parties for the valiant and villainous alike.
The spotlight shines on Key West’s renowned Duval Street Friday as vendors of costumes, arts and crafts, food and libations star in the mile-long Fantasy Fest Street Fair. In addition, the Masquerade March draws masked and costumed evildoers and action heroes for an exuberant walking parade.
The clash between superheroes and scoundrels is to culminate Saturday, Oct. 26, during the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West’s historic “Gotham City” downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade’s exotic marching groups, Caribbean bands, costumed characters and lavishly decorated motorized floats.
Event information: www.fantasyfest.com
Images compliments of the Florida Keys News Bureau / Andy Newman
Through Dec. 15, 2013, visitors to Key West can receive special values on museum and attraction admissions, excursions, water sports adventures, beverages and even accommodations by purchasing a Key West Vacation Pass from the Key West Attractions Association.
The $49 pass offers values on tickets for historic and museum attractions, sailing and snorkeling excursions, eco-tours, visits to nature facilities and more. Participating businesses and organizations include the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley, Schooner Adirondack, Key West Eco Tour, and Harry S. Truman Little White House.
Passes must be purchased online before arriving in Key West. Some blackout dates apply, as does a $6 shipping and handling fee.
For more information and to purchase passes, visit www.keywestattractions.org.
Mini lobster season (July 24th and 25th) is a Key West tradition that lasts only 48 hours each July when the Florida Keys are teeming with lobster lovers, clawing their way through coastal waters to catch the first fresh lobster of the season.
Mini Lobster Season Special Offer
Parrot Key Resort is offering 20% savings during mini lobster season dates when booking in advance. The 20% offer will only last this week before rates increase. Call 866-469-0347 to book the offer or to book a fishing charter for mini lobster season.
About Florida Keys Mini Lobster Season in July
If you’ve never taken part, you’re in for a treat starting July 24, 2013 at midnight for 48 hours only. The two day spiny lobster sport season is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. It begins at 12:01 am on the last Wednesday in July and ends at 12:00 midnight on the last Thursday in July.
This is just a ‘taste’ of the official lobster season which starts August 6th and lasts for eight months. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website for full mini season details and regulations.
Lobsterfest in August
Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11. The festival commemorates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street.
Learn more about Lobsterfest which takes place during the regular lobster season in August.
Parrot Key Resort is now offering 3-bedroom Key West villas, great for families and friends traveling together. Upon entering the villa, there is a foyer with separate doors to the ground floor guest room and the second and third floor suite (which includes two bedrooms). The spacious ground floor guest room has two queen beds and the connecting suite features a living room, a second floor king master bedroom and a third floor bedroom with one queen bed. For your convenience, we have a variety of bed type combinations to best suit your party and you can choose from waterfront or garden views. Call our on-site vacation planners at (855) 327-7200 for planning assistance and to view additional bed type options. Please note that the villas do not have kitchens but a dry bar with mini fridge, coffee maker, microwave and toaster.
Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11. The festival commemorates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street. To book a stay at Parrot Key Resort during the event, dial (855) 327-7200.
Key West Lobsterfest Event Info
The flavorful festivities kick off at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, when lobster aficionados can gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front St., for a lavish lobster boil that also includes shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Live entertainment and libation specials are to round out the evening’s action.
Known as spiny lobsters, the clawless crustaceans found in Keys waters offer sweet and tender meat. Lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, baked and stuffed, in creamy bisque or cold in savory salads.
Fans can sample lobster dishes of all sorts at the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval.
During the enticing festival “entrée,” chefs from as many as 20 local restaurants are to prepare lobster specialties ranging from tempting appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings. Offerings feature fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys lobster fishermen.
Free Outdoor Concert
A free outdoor concert is slated for 1-11 p.m. with local, regional and national bands performing from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets. Attendees also can browse and buy art, crafts and merchandise from dozens of on-site vendors.
More Lobsterfest Events
Other Lobsterfest events include a lively party Friday, Aug. 9, at Rick’s/Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St., a Friday night Duval Crawl and a mouthwatering lobster brunch Sunday, Aug. 11.
The crustacean celebration benefits a scholarship fund for Key West High School students.
Event information: www.keywestlobsterfest.com
Image compliments of KeyWestLobsterfest.com and video from Florida Keys TV