Croquetas get star treatment at Croquetapalooza

Friday's Croquetapalooza will highlight the humble croqueta. (Roberto Koltun/The Miami Herald)Roberto Koltun

Poor croquetas.

The bite-size Miami finger food is always an appetizer at Latin get-togethers but never the main course. That ends now.

More than 14 different restaurants will put forward their best croquetas at Croquetapalooza, an ode to the humble deep-fried, bite-sized snack put on by local blogger and food critic Sef Gonzalez, aka The Burger Beast at the Magic City Casino on Aug. 19. Guests will be able to name the best croqueta, the title which Larios on the Beach – Estefan Kitchen took home last year.

Plus, the event will offer a preview of the upcoming Burger Beast Burger Museum, the first of its kind in the country, which will be housed permanently at the Magic City Casino.

There is even a croqueta eating contest, a past winner of which was Miami Springs mayor Zavier Garcia

The humble frita, the Cuban hamburger, will serve as a side dish to croquetas for a change. The Frita Showdown, once a separate event, will be part of Croquetapalooza, with half a dozen competitors, including three-time champion El Rey de las Fritas.

Tickets are available online at for $35.