Anyone that knows Key West will tell you: Eat the Key Lime Pie.
The decadent treat is a staple in the Florida Keys, and it’s popularity among island locals goes back a century. Read our blog on the origin of the key lime in the Florida Keys here.
Key Limes may not be grown in the Keys anymore, but enjoying them is certainly part of the culture of Key West. The Key Lime Festival celebrates that enjoyment with a variety of fun and tasty events on the 4th of July weekend, 2018. Whether you create, eat, drink or just watch, this Festival is fun for everybody!
The Kick Off event takes place at the Key West Lighthouse on Saturday, June 30 from 11am to 2pm. The object is to outsmart gravity by building a container that will keep a 5 inch Key Lime Pie in tact when dropped from the top of the Key West Lighthouse. The Festival gives you the pie; you build and bring the contraption. It’s free to watch and to enter, and prizes are available, but you must register in advance here.
All of that activity will make you thirsty. Thankfully, the Key Lime Festival kindly presents the Sip and Stroll starting at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Twelve bars compete for bragging rights to the best Key Lime margaritas and martinis. For $30, you’ll get a souvenir sipping cup, wristband and scorecard so you can vote on your favorite concoctions. Register here.
On Sunday morning, enjoy Key Lime French toast for brunch and then head on over to the 6th Annual Key Lime Pie Hop. Wander around Old Town and sample five different variations of Key Lime Pie. You get a free festival t shirt with your $30 entry fee. Register here.
The highlight of Monday, July 2nd, is the Key Lime Scavenger Hunt. This takes a bit of organization as you’ll need to create a team of two to five people to compete — no more, no less! For $30 per person, the teams follow clues to discover hidden secrets and sights of Key West, as well as several bars. You’ll have plenty of “2 for 1” drink tickets to cash in, which may affect your ability to hunt down the clues. Register here.
Start your 4th of July celebration off on Wednesday with the infamous Mile High Pie Eating Contest from 10am to Noon at the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Brave souls can pay $20 to see how quickly they can consume a Key Lime Pie, piled high with whipped cream topping. No hands, of course! You get a 9” pie, a souvenir t-shirt and bragging rights. Register here. The contest is free to watch.
You can see the full schedule of events on the festival’s website here. We recommend digesting your Key Lime Pie at the Independence Day fireworks display at the Casa Marina Resort or Higgs Beach. Happy 4th of July, and Bon Appetit!