Burger Beast's Croquetapalooza to showcase one of Miami's favorite comfort foods

As far as comfort foods go, few are more comforting than the humble croqueta. The crunch of its golden-brown crust gives way to the burn-your-mouth inferno of its salty-cheesy-meaty filling. A croqueta is, in many ways, the perfect finger food. And it’s scientifically impossible to eat just one.

But it’s not impossible to choose who serves the best croqueta in Miami: You’ll have a chance to decide at Croquetapalooza on Oct. 12 at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave.). 

Miami comfort-food blogger Sef Gonzalez, aka Burger Beast, pulled together a formidable lineup of Miami restaurants and food trucks to fry up their best efforts. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite, with the most votes earning the Best Croqueta crown until next year’s event.  

The croqueta competitors: B&S Gastropub, Chico’s, El Floridita, Gilbert’s Bakery, Islas Canarias, Los Bobos, Latin American Bakery & Cafe, MEAT Eatery & Taproom, Munchies Cafe, Sergio’s and Vicky Bakery.

Other participants: Catalina Croquetas, Daddy’s Grill Cafe, The Empanada Truck, Latin House, Ms. Cheezious and Pincho Factory.

The event also will feature a flan competition (entries from Cuban Guys, El Brazo Fuerte, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies, Gilbert’s, Los Bobos, Luis Galindo Latin American, Marlie’s Delights, Rio Cristal, Sweetness Bake Shop and Vicky Bakery), a croqueta-eating competition (referee: Fatgirl Hedonist), a Batido Station from El Rey de las Fritas, plus assorted other snacks, desserts, soft drinks and water. 

A $35 general-admission ticket gets you all you can eat and drink from the above, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the 12th. Pony up $75 and get in an hour earlier for VIP entry, which includes all of the GA goodies plus craft beer (from Samuel Adams and Miami Brewing Co.), cocktails (from Tito’s Vodka) and exclusive treats from Sakaya Kitchen, Taperia Raca, El Mago de las Fritas and others. 

Croquetapalooza is a 21-and-over event. For tickets and more information, go to croquetapalooza.com