Bimini Boatyard Celebrates 24 Years in South Florida With a Pig Roast

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If you live in Fort Lauderdale and you stick you head out the window right now, you might even be able to smell it. Bimini Boatyard is in the final stages of preparation for its massive annual celebration beginning at 5 p.m. tonight.

Every year Bimini celebrates its own anniversary like a spoiled little rich girl on My Super Sweet Sixteen and this year is certainly no different.

As any young diva can tell you, if you're gonna throw a party that everyone will be talking about at school on Monday, it better have a kick-ass theme.

Bimini's "Party In Paradise" will be doing things up island-style, beginning with the ceremonial blowing of the conch shell at 5 p.m. and culminating in a Cuban-style pig roast.

"This is something we every year to say thank you to our customer base for their loyalty and appreciation," says general manager, Jeff Halick. "'Party in Paradise" is a wine themed party, we are going to have a free pig roast and free keg of Kona beer on the patio at 6 p.m. as long as it lasts. We have two musical acts one is Todd Miller from 5 to 8 p.m. The other is Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways from 8 to 11 p.m. We will have six volcanic ice luges, with promotional girls from six different liquor companies pouring free samples; Kona cup beer pong; beach volleyball; a tiki cornhole contest; $3 Blue Hawaiians; and a limbo contest. All sorts of fun."

As to that roast pig, it will be done on the patio in what's known a pig box in traditional Cuban-style by Cuban-born chef, Odel Arencibia who took over the kitchen back in March.

See also: Bimini Boatyard Hires New Executive Chef Odel Arencibia: New Health-Conscious Menu With "Caribbean Flair"

"Basically, we do the traditional mojo and then we marinate the pig overnight," says Arencibia. "And then the next day we get the charcoal and we slowly cook, skin down first, so we get all the flavor and the skin works and then at the very end we get the charcoal very hot, so the skin will be crispy. Then we do the whole presentation."

Bimini spares no expense when it comes to their annual celebration, so, if they are roasting an entire pig on the patio for their 24th, it begs the question: How can they possibly top this next year?

Owner, Steve Hudson:

I'll tell ya, for our 20th anniversary it was a two-day party, so we're gonna have to top that in some way shape or form.

Luckily, we've got a whole year to recover from this year's free ice luge shots.

The 24th Annual Bimini Boatyard Anniversary Bash will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday at Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill, located at 1555 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Complimentary dockage will be available for vessels up to 70 feet on a first come, first serve basis. Call 954-525-7400 or visit biminiboatyard.com.

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor at rebecca.dittmar@browardpalmbeach.com.

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