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Seafood, food and wine celebrated Jan. 26 on final day of Florida Keys festivals

Seafood fest and food and wine fest this weekend in Key Largo and Key West.
Artist David Meier of Key West

Fans of fine food and stellar vintages can indulge their appetites at the fifth annual Key West Food and Wine Festival, which wraps up Sunday, Jan. 26. The extravaganza spotlights Key West's lively culinary scene, indigenous ingredients and multifaceted flavors through gourmet galas and tastings, food and wine seminars and offbeat food-focused experiences.

Highlights include Duval Uncorked, a stroll down Key West's renowned Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean with forays into restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques. Among other standout events are a barefoot evening beach party, seminars on topics ranging from Key West rum to the origins of Key lime pie, a Master Chef's Classic tasting and competition, an outdoor wine market, an afternoon of coconut bowling and a "Save the Turtles" open-air grand tasting in Key West's Historic Seaport.

Going on today are the:
Key West Outdoor Artisan Wine Market from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with free admission; "Pizza & Prosecco," a Sunday Jazz Brunch in which guests take the Old Town Trolley from the hospitality suite to Roostica wood-fire pizzeria and sip on prosecco from the blini bar and try some breakfast pizza at one of Key West's newest restaurants, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at $35 per person in advance; and the 20th Annual Master Chef’s Classic, the premier culinary tasting and competition of the Lower Keys. This is a fundraiser for MARC (Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens). Attendees are treated to amazing culinary creations in appetizer, entree and dessert categories from 4 - 7 p.m. Visit www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com.

The Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, featuring fresh local seafood, live musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, contests and kids' activities. Sponsored by the Key Largo Fisheries and Key Largo Merchants Association, the fifth annual family-fun event takes place at Rowell's Marina, mile marker 104.5 bayside.

Seafood booths are to serve up succulent stone crab claws, homemade smoked fish dip, conch fritters, chowders, tuna nachos, lobster and more. Attendees also can visit cooking tents for tips on how to devise and devour favorite Keys dishes. Other attractions include arts and crafts, vendor booths, fireworks, shrimp and Key lime pie-eating contests, a car show and even piratical escapades for kids. Adults are charged a $5 admission and proceeds benefit youth sports in the Upper Keys. Visit www.keylargoseafoodfestival.com.

Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
Florida Keys calendar of events: www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents
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