South Beach Seafood Festival 2016 highlights top seafood chefs, restaurants

It's all about seafood this weekend at the South Beach Seafood Festival. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald)

Seafood lovers, clear you calendars on Saturday.

The South Beach Seafood Festival returns for a fourth straight year, with 17 different restaurants participating in the dining event on the sands off our sexy shores. There will be a host of interpretations of seafood, from Miami classic restaurants to inventive newcomers.

The event, which runs from noon until 7 p.m., includes traditional seafood names such as Joe’s Stone Crab, Toro Tor and Red the Steakhouse. But it also features restaurants where seafood shines, such as NaiYaRa, Naked Taco and Drunken Dragon.

But the festivities will already be going on Friday, when there will be a chef’s battle between six toques. They include Andre & Tyler Bienvenue of Joe’s Stone Crab’s, Peter Vauthy of Red the Steakhouse, Dustin Atoigue of Mondrian South Beach, Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon and Bernie Matz of Bodega Taqueria and Tequila. Tickets to that event cost $150.

Ticket prices for the Saturday tasting range from $35 for general admission to $150 for VIP, which includes $20 worth of food vouchers and access to several exclusive events with drinks, dancing and all-important shade. However, weekend passes to both events (which include VIP access) are available for $250, a $50 savings versus buying them individually.

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