The third annual Feast of the Sea will be held Oct. 22 in the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach.
This year’s Feast of the Sea will be a two-part one-day seafood festival. The first portion of the festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a free general admission seafood extravaganza featuring 24 local chefs and restaurants providing guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious seafood dishes from some of the area’s best culinary talents. In addition to the daytime public ‘feastivities,’ there will be limited available experiences for purchase providing exclusive tastings, seating and service. Passes for these added-value experiences are now available.
Following the daytime portion of the event, Feast of the Sea will transition into a fully ticketed event. The Chef’s Challenge series will return for one night, filled with interactive entertainment where 16 local celebrity chefs will battle it out in the Meyer Amphitheatre through multiple rounds of intense competition to reach the finals, when one will be crowned the 2016 Maestro del Mar. The winning chef will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize.
Twenty-four of Palm Beach County’s best chefs will represent their respective restaurants offering culinary demonstration stations that will allow guests an opportunity to experience the hottest dishes from community insiders and brands utilizing state-of-the-art culinary equipment. Unique nautical art vendors will display beautiful artworks as live musical performances entertain guests. Feast of the Sea is expected to host approximately 8,000 guests.
“The producers of Feast of the Sea have always maintained their efforts in showcasing not only great chefs and restaurants in downtown West Palm Beach, but also the culinary talent throughout Palm Beach County.” said Raphael Clemente, executive director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. “We expect this year will be even better, and we are very excited to see the new additions.”
One of the new additions is a partnership with the Els for Autism Foundation. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the foundation.
“Having recently launched our culinary classes for continuing education with children and adults of the spectrum, we are excited about this partnership with Feast of the Sea,” said Nicole Poundstone of the Els for Autism Foundation.
Prior to the start to start of Feast of the Sea, some of the participating chefs will work directly with the Els for Autism Foundation by teaching cooking lessons to the students at the Els Center. “With our upcoming expansion of the Els Center campus, we look forward to the support of the Feast of the Sea in helping us achieve our fundraising and programming goals,” Poundstone said.
For more information on Feast of the Sea, visit www.feastofthesea.com.