Guest Post by Catherine
Blue skies, palm trees, an ocean breeze: the weather could not have been more perfect for the 4th annual Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival. If you missed it this year, follow the festival on Facebook to make sure this free event is on your 2016 calendar! I’ve had a vacation home in Delray Beach for over 10 years, but this was my first time at the Wine and Seafood Festival – but definitely not my last!
Highlights from the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival
For the 1st time, the festival moved as far east as possible, and set up on A1A directly across from the ocean. Ocean views and a casual atmosphere combined with perfect South Florida weather made a great weekend of seafood, wine and music even more fabulous. Here’s what you missed:
- Mouthwatering seafood dishes – we ate our way down one side and up the other, and took plates home for later:
- conch ceviche
- fish tacos
- conch fritters
- grilled catfish
The jambalaya, crab cakes, lobster rolls, peel and eat shrimp, clam and mussels – the smells were enticing and our eyes were in seafood heaven!
- Cold wine, beer and cocktails – the frozen margaritas were our choice for the 86º afternoon temperatures, if we’d lasted into the evening hours the wine vendors were calling our name. Judging by the wine glasses we saw, wine sampling was a popular activity!
- Music that had them dancing in the streets- literally!
- The Flyers were outstanding – I’ll be following them for more Delray dates
- 7 bands in all played from noon – 10pm Saturday, and noon – 6:30pm on Sunday
- Craft and specialty vendors lined lower Atlantic Ave and filled in some spots on A1A. Booths offered everything for fun under the sun including
- hats and sunglasses
- shirts and beach bags
- hammocks and Adirondack chairs
- local foods and cooking tools
- and so much more…
- Seminars on wine and food pairing featured chefs and wine makers who offered creative ways to serve wine at your next party.
- A dunk tank – always popular fundraisers for the locals who get to take aim at local celebrities.
Parking was available throughout downtown Delray Beach, with free golf cart rides for those who didn’t want to stroll down Atlantic Avenue.
I give the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival a:
5 starfish rating