stonecrabsKEY WEST, Florida Keys — Fresh Florida Keys seafood and the commercial fishermen who harvest it are to be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 14, during the seventh annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival.

Presented by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the family-friendly festival is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Key West’s Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. Admission is free.

The seafood festival’s menu features fresh grilled Florida lobster, Key West pink shrimp, fried fish, stone crab claws, smoked fish dip and more — including traditional regional favorites such as savory conch chowder, conch salad, sweet flan and Key lime pie. All seafood is to be prepared and served by local fishermen and their families.

lobsterfest2Soft drinks, beer and wine also are to be available for purchase.

In addition, plans call for nonstop entertainment by local musicians, with Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24 as the headliners.

Vendor booths are to offer arts and crafts portraying the fishing community and marine life, as well as other items handcrafted by local artisans. Attractions for children include a bounce house, slide and touch tank.

Proceeds from the festival are to benefit the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association and scholarships for college-bound Keys students.

Event information: www.fkcfa.org, http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu or 305-872-9026

Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywesttwitter.com/thefloridakeysYouTube.com/FloridaKeysTV

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