To everyone who loves seafood -- and competing at random games while eating seafood -- listen up: the inaugural Feast of the Sea festival will give you a good dose of both this weekend.
It all goes down this Saturday, September 13, at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Starting at 11 a.m., the (hopefully first annual) Feast of the Sea will offer a number of special events throughout the day, including a cornhole tournament, human foosball match, and a casting competition with a grand prize of $10,000 to the winner.
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The Feast of the Sea will offer a variety of globally-inspired samples from close to 50 of Palm Beach County's best restaurants, including Hullabaloo, Nick & Johnnie's, Guanabanas, Talay Tai, PB Catch, and Pistache. Expect seafood dishes that highlight a variety of cuisine, from South American and Asian, to European and Caribbean.
General admission is free, but dishes will cost you $6 a pop. For those looking to get a more intimate experience, limited VIP passes on sale through Thursday go for $100 each, and get you access to the VIP tent where you can watch chefs prepare specialty dishes. That includes chef Eugenio Santucci, executive chef of Santucci Ristorante in downtown West Palm Beach, who competed against three of Palm Beach's finest chefs to win the title of "Maestro Del Mar." With the VIP pass you can sample his winning dish: steamed and seared Maine lobster with sage, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes drizzled in a creamy butter sauce.
The VIP pass also entitles you to a ton of perks, including unlimited food and drink samples from festival sponsors like Due South Brewery and Tito's vodka. Brining the kids? A family pass gets the same perks for two adults and children, priced at $120.
Although the main focus will be on the food, the festival will also have live music from several local bands throughout the day, and dozens of art vendors stationed across the downtown waterfront area. The lineup includes the Killbillies, Raggy Monster, County Line Road, KRUSH, Maggie Baugh, The People Upstairs, and more.
Unlike other festivals, the Feast of the Sea whets your appetite for competition. Visitors can sign up for a number of fun activities scheduled throughout the day, including:
Land Your Lure Casting Competition
The Feast of the Sea is giving away $10,000 to anyone who can land their lure in a floating bucket anchored in the Intracoastal Waterway. The 8-inch bucket will be placed 180 feet from one of the city docks off Flagler Blvd. There can be multiple winners in this competition, but each contestant gets just one shot. To sign up, go here.
Hope Floats Paddle Classic
Contestants can launch off the docks for a 6-mile recreational race with a $2,000 cash prize. A percentage of each registration fee will go towards one of five charities. When registering, participants can select which organization they would like to support. Following the race, a kids' sprint event and family-friendly relay race will go down. To sign up, go here.
If you think you have what it takes to be the baddest cornholer in Palm Beach County, you'll have a chance to show your stuff this weekend during the ultimate cornhole tournament. There is a $1,000 cash prize for the final winner. To sign up, go here.
The Feast of the Sea is a free, general admission event that takes place Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in West Palm Beach. To purchase VIP tickets, or for more information, visit the website at www.feastofthesea.com.
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