18 May 2021
STOCK ISLAND, Florida Keys — Vibrant arts emporiums, a fast-growing culinary scene and a colorful working waterfront characterize Stock Island, the Florida Keys community on the outskirts of Key West. Visitors can explore the eclectic island — headquarters of the Keys’ commercial shrimping industry — during the I Love Stock Island Festival set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 16-20.
Attractions during the Father’s Day weekend festival include fresh-off-the-boat seafood and other island cuisine, history and art tours, live music and even a family fishing tournament.
Among the opening events Wednesday are a self-guided tour of Stock Island’s enticing food trucks and a free 8 p.m. “dive-in movie” at Oceans Edge Resort & Marina, 5950 Peninsular Ave.
Subsequent offerings include Thursday’s ShrimpStock, where attendees can savor fresh local shrimp prepared multiple ways, presented overlooking the water at The Perry Hotel, 7001 Shrimp Road.
Capping Friday’s schedule is the 4-7 p.m. “Taste of Stock Island Food Tour.” Traveling via trolley, guests are to stop at selected Stock Island restaurants to savor small plates and beverage pairings.
Both Friday and Saturday, festivalgoers can enjoy a stroll through the Stock Island Arts District discovering working studios, one-of-a-kind galleries and talented members of the area’s lively creative community.
Saturday also brings a culinary and craft beer extravaganza that blends offerings from Cayo Hueso Brewing with a five-course feast from the talented chefs at Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria, 5620 MacDonald Ave. And music lovers can enjoy the rhythms of “LiveStock on the Rock” at Sloppy Joe’s Dockside at The Perry Hotel.
Father’s Day brings activities for dads and kids, highlighted by a family fishing derby headquartered at Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina, 6000 Peninsular Ave. Both dock and charter fishing are to be offered, and rules call for lines in the water from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The angling action and a 4 p.m. weigh-in are to be followed by awards, a fish fry and live music on the beach.
Alternatively, kids and dads can have a family “photo op” and then craft a frame for their image from reclaimed lobster trap wood at Damon Designs at the Art Shack.
The festival also features a pool party, dinner and brunch experiences, a land-and-sea cleanup and happy hour, guided Stock Island history tours and live music performances dubbed “LiveStock on the Rock.”
Event information and ticketing: ILoveStockIsland.org
Lower Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com/lowerkeys or 1-800-872-3722
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