The Key Lime Festival
What's More American Than Key Lime Pie?
Key West, FL USA
June 30- July 4, 2018

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:  June 30 - July 4, 2018

David L Sloan of the Key Lime Festival
2018 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 new favorites for Key Lime lovers like The Key Lime Pie Hop. We've also added intimate culinary events. Once again, we expect most of the events to sell out. Check out our 2018 schedule below. Registration will open soon.

Saturday,  June 30

11AM-4PM  | Key Lime Kick-Off Party & 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 kick-off party this year​celebrating the start of the 2018 Key Lime Festival with the sweetest and tartest kick-off party around. 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 Kick-Off Party & Key Lime Pie Drop is an event you don't want to miss. 

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

Starts at Charlie Mac's|404 Southard 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 12 - 15 bars compete for your vote with the finest margaritas and martinis in Florida. Travel between 7 bars at your own pace between 2pm-4pm.  $30 includes samples of about 12 or more drinks. Free souvenir mug for the first 100 people to register. The Sip & Stroll starts at the Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Winners will be posted the following day.  Click here to learn more.

Sunday, July 1

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.

2PM   |  The Key Lime Pie Hop

Starts at Smokin' Tuna Saloon | 4 Charles 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 2018 Key Lime Pie Hop! 

Monday, July 2

12PM  |  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.  

3:30PM | 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 Monday, July 2, 2018.
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. 

Tuesday,  July 3

6PM  |  Key Lime Cooking

Isle Cook  | 218 Whitehead St | $90
Join Isle Cook Key West and Chef Paul Menta, local chef, distiller, and entrepreneur to learn the secrets of key lime cooking. Using Key Lime, fresh local seafood and farm-fresh produce, Chef Menta will prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for your enjoyment while regaling you with tales from Key West past and present. This incredible experience is limited to 12 participants, and reservations are required. Please contact Isle Cook Key West at 305-741-7443 to reserve. Tickets will go on sale soon!

Wednesday, July 4

10AM - Noon | Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest 

Location To Be Determined | Free to Watch
Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Mile High 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 10am. Contest starts at 11am. 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 souvenir Key Lime Festival T-Shirt.  Click here to learn more. 
NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest will NOT take place at Sunset Pier. A new location is being determined asap & will be updated on this website. 

4th of July Fireworks Picnic

Casa Marina Resort  | 1500 Reynolds Street
Watch the skies come alive. Your support of the Key West VNA Hospice 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks Saturday evening goes a long way. This is the perfect way to finish the festival weekend with a bang. For more information, click here.
Casa Marina fourth of July picnic

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