The Key Lime Festival
What's More American Than Key Lime Pie?
Key West, FL USA
July 4-7, 2019

The Key Lime Festival , Key West Florida, USA

Welcome to The Key Lime Festival: America's favorite citrus celebration! In the Florida Keys we like to celebrate the things that make our islands unique. Citrus, eccentrics, people & pie.  Our celebrations are fun, odd & unforgettable. Our people are too. Come on down to the birthplace of Key Lime Pie for a little taste and you will see what we mean. Love & Limes!  

Schedule of Events:  July 4-7, 2019

David L Sloan of the Key Lime Festival
2019 is shaping up to be the best Key Lime Festival yet. We're pleased to offer a full 4 days of culinary events for every taste, including favorites from past years like the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll and Key Lime Pie Hop, and new favorites for Key Lime lovers like The Key Lime Scavenger Hunt and Key Lime Cookbook Signing & Champagne Reception. We've also added intimate culinary events. Once again, we expect most of the events to sell out. Check out our 2019 schedule below. Registration will open soon.

Thursday,  July 4

11AM | Festival Kick Off

Southernmost Beach Cafe | 1405 Duval Street | Free to Watch; $20 to Compete
Chill on the beach with your fellow lime lovers as we prepare for the world famous Key Lime Pie Eating Championships. Watch the contestants roll in, scope out a sweet viewing spot and do a little ddancing in the sand with DJ Marky. Full bar and food menu available.

12 Noon | World Key Lime Pie Eating Championship

Southernmost Beach Cafe | 1405 Duval Street | Free to Watch; $20 to Compete
Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Key Lime Pie Eatin' World Champion? Register if you think you can devour a 9" Key Lime Pie faster than the competition. This world famous event receives national media exposure and ranks among the sweetest competitive eating contests around. Not up for the challenge?  Take a front row seat to cheer the champions as the brave contestants tie their hands behind their backs and dive face first into a mountain of Key Lime goodness. Doors open at 11am. Contest starts at High Noon (12pm)! This is without a doubt the best way to spend your day. Free to watch. Entries are just $20 and include notoriety, a Key Lime Pie and a chance to be a champion.  Click here to learn more. 

2PM | Key Lime University: Hooker Pie with Chef Paul Menta

Key West First Legal Rum Distillery | 107 Simonton Street | $29
Only 30 Tickets Available!
Make your very own Key Lime Pie with local celebrity chef and distiller Paul Menta and learn the fascinating history behind the earliest version of the dessert as it was prepared by the fishermen known as sponge hookers in the Florida Keys.

4th of July Fireworks Picnic

Casa Marina Resort  | 1500 Reynolds Street
Casa Marina fourth of July picnic
Watch the skies come alive. Your support of the Rotary Key West Fireworks and Scholarship Fund Drive Wednesday evening goes a long way. This is the perfect way to finish the festival weekend with a bang. For more information, click here.

6PM | Key Lime University: Key Lime Cocktails with Crystal

Key West First Legal Rum Distillery | 107 Simonton Street | $29
Only 20 Tickets Available!
Learn to make a killer Key Lime Cocktail with local mixologist Crystal Villegas at Key West's First Legal Rum Distillery. Ingredients, liquor and souvenir glass included. Space is limited.

Friday, July 5

9:30AM | Key Limes & Coffee: The Fascinating History Of Key Lime Pie

White Tarpon | 700 Front Street | $20 
Which Key Lime Pie ingredient was created to stop sexual urges? What do Key Lime Pie and the Alamo have in common? Where can you really find the best Key Lime Pie in town? Join festival co-founder, chef and food writer, David Sloan to find out during his lively talk on the fascinating history of Key Lime Pie.

11AM  |  Key Lime Rum Sampling & Distillery Tour 

Key West Legal Rum | 107 Simonton Street | Free
Sample rum made with real Key Limes grown in the Florida Keys and tour Key West’s very first legal rum distillery. Free event. Click here to learn more about Key West's 1st Legal Rum Distillery.  

12PM | Key Lime University: VIP Key Lime Pie Baking Experience

Amsterdam's Curry Mansion Inn | 511 Caroline Street | $100
Only 8 Tickets Available!
Bake an authentic Key Lime Pie with a 5th generation Key West native in the very kitchen where Key Lime Pie was first created! Pastry crust? Check. Real meringue? Check. Old school recipe? Check. Sheila Sands-Devendorf is a true Conch with a recipe passed down through her family. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning for her pie prowess and knows the stories of the island like only a real native can. Meet in the famous Curry Mansion kitchen, drink a little wine and bake a pie together. This rare and exclusive culinary adventure is extremely limited. The experience lasts about  90 minutes and also includes a glass of wine and an autographed copy of the Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook. Each of the 8 participants will be rewarded with a slice of the pie they helped bake.

3PM | Photos with Kermit

Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe | 200 Elizabeth Street | Free
No visit to Key West is complete until you have your photo taken with Key Lime legend Kermit Carpenter. Come by his famous shoppe and meet Kermit in person.

3:30 | Key Lime Scavenger Hunt

Conch Republic Seafood Company | 631 Greene Street | $30
Get ready to see Key West like never before on this whirlwind adventure with a Key Lime twist!
Grab your team of 2-5 people and sign up for the Key Lime Scavenger Hunt on Friday, July 5, 2019.
 
Clues will lead your team to famous Key West sights, iconic landmarks, hidden local favorite places, and of course a bar or two along the way. Earn the most points and the you’ll lead your team to victory and take home the grand prize and the ultimate bragging rights! Click here to learn more. 

4:30PM | Key Lime Cookbook Signing, Champagne  Reception, Mansion Tour & High Tea

Curry Mansion Inn | 511 Caroline Street | $25 or $10
Sip Champagne on the veranda of the 1869 mansion where Key lime pie was first created and meet Key Lime Festival co-founder and Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook author David L. Sloan. Ticket price includes a glass of Champagne, an autographed copy of David L. Sloan's Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook and the opportunity to explore the public rooms of the Curry Mansion, including the famous widow's walk and the kitchen where Aunt Sally created the first Key Lime Pie. Sloan's cookbook includes the fascinating history of Key Lime Pie, rare native recipes, plus 20 recipes each for crusts, fillings, toppings and sauces that you can mix and match to create more than 150,000 varieties of Key Lime Pie. The Curry Mansion was once home of Florida's first millionaire. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Autographed cookbooks and Champagne will be provided at the event. 
Champagne, Autographed Cookbook and Self-Guided Mansion Tour: $25
Champagne and Self-Guided Mansion Tour Only (No Cookbook): $10 Click here to register. 

6PM | Key Lime University: Key Lime Cocktails with Crystal

Key West First Legal Rum Distillery | 107 Simonton Street | $29
Only 20 Tickets Available!
Learn to make a killer Key Lime Cocktail with local mixologist Crystal Villegas at Key West's First Legal Rum Distillery. Ingredients, liquor and souvenir glass included. Space is limited.

Saturday, July 6

9:30am | Key Limes & Coffee: Key Lime Planting & Propagation

White Tarpon | 700 Front Street | $20 
Join Key West Celebrity Chef Paul Menta and Grimal Grove's Grove Master, Patrick Garvey for an informative talk on planting and propagation of the Key Lime. Ticket includes a free pack of Key Lime seeds to grow your own trees.

11AM-2PM | Key Lime Pie Drop 

Key West Lighthouse|938 Whitehead Street|Free
key lime festival sip and stroll map
Our Pie In The Sky Sponsors, The Key West Art & Historical Society will host the 2019 Key Lime Pie Drop, part of the Key Lime Festival. Come to the Key West Lighthouse to see Key West's most creative minds attempt to outsmart gravity by finding a way to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of the lighthouse to the ground... without damaging the pie.  Try dropping your own pie, or just enjoy the spectacle from the ground. A perfect day of food, fun and friends, The Key Lime Pie Drop is an event you don't want to miss. 

Please only register if you are submitting a pie-drop entry. Attending the event is absolutely free!

2PM-4PM  | Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll 

Starts at General Horseplay |423 Caroline Street|$30
key lime festival sip and stroll map
If you like to drink & judge, this is the event for you. Decide who makes the best Key Lime cocktail on the island as 10 bars compete for your vote with the finest margaritas and martinis in Florida. Travel between 8 bars at your own pace between 2pm-4pm.  $30 includes samples of 10 or more drinks. Free souvenir mug for the first 100 people to register. The Sip & Stroll starts at the General Horseplay, 423 Caroline Street. Winners will be posted the following day.  Click here to learn more.

Sunday, July 7

9:30AM  |  Key Limes & Coffee: The Keys' First Key Limes

White Tarpon | 700 Front Street | $20 
What roles did arsenic poisoning play in Key Lime history? Who introduced Key Limes to the Keys? How did the Key Lime get its name? Join beloved author and Keys historian, Brad Bertelli for a fascinating talk about the introduction of our favorite citrus to paradise and the fascinating life and death of botanist Henry Perrine on Indian Key. Brad Bertelli is Curator of The Florida Keys History & Discovery Center.

10AM - 2PM |  The Southernmost Beach Cafe Brunch Special

Southernmost Beach Cafe | 1405 Duval Street |  Menu Pricing 
Brunch is always a good idea! The Southernmost Beach Cafe will be featuring a special Key Lime French Toast in honor of the Key Lime Festival! Located right on South Beach – oceanside on the Atlantic end of Duval, it’s a beach location like no other and is the most desirable setting in Key West for oceanfront dining and cocktails.

11AM   |  The Key Lime Pie Hop

Conch Republic Seafood Company | 631 Greene Street | $30
Join your friends for a leisurely stroll through the town where Key Lime Pie was born with stops to sample five variations of Key West's favorite dessert. From classic to creative, your taste buds are guaranteed a good time on this popular culinary event. Sample the best of the best of our island’s Key Lime Pie! $30 (includes 5 pie samples and a free 2018 Key Lime Festival T-shirt!) Click here for more information.
Stay Tuned for a Complete List of Stops for the 2019 Key Lime Pie Hop! 
Isle Cook  | 218 Whitehead St | $90
key west art and historical society sponsors the key lime festival

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