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

Schedule of Events: July 2-5, 2020

2020 is shaping up to be the best Key Lime Festival yet with 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 several intimate culinary events. Check out our 2019 schedule of events below.

Saturday, July 4

11AM | Festival Kick Off

Southernmost Beach Cafe | 1405 Duval Street | Free 
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 dancing 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 | $20 to Compete, Free to Watch
Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Key Lime Pie Eating World Champion? Register now 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 t cheer the champions as the brave contestants tie their hands behind their backs and dive face first into a mountain of Key Lime goodness. This is without a doubt the best way to spend your day. Doors open at 11am. Event starts at 12pm. Free to watch. Entries are just $20 and include notoriety, a Key Lime Pie and the chance to be a champion. Click here to learn more. 

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

If you like to drink & judge, this is the event for you. Decide who makes the best Key Lime cocktail on the island as about 10 bars compete for your vote with the finest margaritas and martinis in Florida. Travel between 8 bars at your own pace between 2pm-5pm. $30 includes samples of 10 drinks or more. Free souvenir sampling glass with registration for the event. The Sip & Stroll starts at General Horseplay, 423 Caroline Street. Winners will be posted the following day.  Click here to learn more. 
Starts at General Horseplay | 423 Caroline Street |$30

2PM | Key Lime University: hooker pie with Chef Paul Menta

Key West First Legal Rum Distillery | 107 Simonton Street | $29
Only 20 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. 

5PM | 4th Of July Fireworks Picnic

Casa Marina Resort  | 1500 Reynolds Street | Free
Watch the skies come alive. Your support of the Rotary of 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 45 minutes 
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 Shop | 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.

3:30PM | 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 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 about the Key Lime Scavenger Hunt. 

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

Curry Mansion Inn | 511 Caroline Street | $10 or $25
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! 
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 45 minutes 
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
Our Pie In The Sky Sponsors, The Key West Art & Historical Society will host 2019 Key Lime Pie Drop. 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. Click here to learn more. 

Sunday, July 7

9:30AM | Key limes & coffee: the keys' first key limes

White Tarpon | 700 Front Street | $20 45 minutes 
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, guided culinary event. Sample the best of the best of our island’s Key Lime Pie! $30 (includes 5 pie samples and a free 2019 Key Lime Festival T-shirt) Click here to learn more about the Key Lime Pie Hop.
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 Festival Tee FREE with Registration for the Key Lime Pie Hop or Sip & Stroll! 

*Limit 1 T-Shirt per person
2020 T-shirt designs not yet available 

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* T-Shirts & Tanks Only Included in Pie Hop or Sip & Stroll Events. Limit 1 T-Shirt or Tank per person.