Celebrate the oceans at REEF Fest! Each evening features different social event, including:
REEF Sustainers Appreciation Gathering -- Wednesday, Oct. 18 -- Invitation Only
Open House Welcome Gathering -- Thursday, Oct. 19 at REEF Campus
REEF Fest Happy Hour Social -- Friday, Oct. 20 at Murray Nelson Government Center
The Open House and Happy Hour Social are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For the Love of the Sea is a ticketed event. Tickets may be purchased during REEF Fest registration.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 19
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: REEF Campus (98300 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037)
We're kicking off REEF Fest with our annual REEF Campus Open House! Before you head out for dinner, drop by the historic Headquarters building, walk the Native Plants Trail, and tour the Interpretive Center while mingling with fellow conservationists. Local craft beer and wine will be available.
Date: Friday, Oct. 20
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm, followed by presentation from 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Murray Nelson Government Center (102050 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037)
Mingle with friends while enjoying happy hour food and drinks and browsing a pop-up shop filled with REEF gear. Following the social, we will head back inside the auditorium to enjoy a presentation from one of our REEF Fest guest speakers.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Location: 103674 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037, an outdoor waterfront venue located next to Quiescence Diving Services on Key Largo's Blackwater Sound
Enjoy food, drinks, live music, silent auction, and a beautiful sunset over the waters of Florida Bay. Mingle with fellow ocean lovers and browse the silent auction, benefiting REEF's marine conservation programs. Tickets are $95 per person and include dinner (full menu below) and an open bar with local craft beer from Florida Keys Brewing Company, wine, liquor and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. The evening's menu was crafted just for REEF Fest by Little Moir's Hibiscus strEATery, a top South Florida restaurant and caterer. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, plus salad and dinner stations that guests may visit at their leisure. To maximize opportunities for socializing, there will not be any formal program for the evening. Scattered seating will be available throughout the property.
Tickets may be purchased when you register online for REEF Fest. Tickets are limited; if any tickets remain at REEF Fest, they will be available for purchase at the REEF Campus during the weekend.
No pets please.
Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of REEF Fest and the number of guests who attend, no refunds are available for cancellation or no shows at For the Love of the Sea.
Mongolian fried cauliflower and green beans
Wild Mushroom Tacos
Crispy pineapple and chayote slaw, and smoked pepper caramel
Falafel balls with tahini sauce
Vegan Poke Spoons
Red cabbage, cilantro, lime, edamame, mango, avocado, soy and sesame seeds
Crispy romaine, tomato, golden raisins, cucumbers, red onions, olives, pepperoncinis, feta cheese, and avocado, with a creamy red wine vinaigrette
Spicy Melon Salad
Indonesian salad with vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, potato, tofu, tempeh, and rice cakes, with a peanut sauce dressing
Sweet Potato Crusted Avocado
Greens, green beans, tomatoes, red onions, and mangos, with a key lime and garlic dressing and sambal aioli
Homemade cheese sauce, fried garlic, red onion, and sriracha, served with and without chicken
Coconut Panko Chicken Wraps
Greens and creamy cabbage and carrot slaw, with a honey, chili, and lime sauce
Salsa Verde Veggie Bowl
Coconut rice, black beans, sweet plantains, and avocado pico de gallo
Coffee service from Kaldi's Coffee
Selection of delicious desserts from Keys Chocolates & Ice Cream
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: Will be emailed to Sustainers
To show our appreciation for REEF’s most dedicated and generous supporters, members of the Sustainers Club are invited to join the REEF staff and Board of Trustees at this oceanfront event hosted at a private venue. Beer, wine, and a delicious spread of food will round out the evening, as we celebrate the important marine conservation work we’ve made possible together this year.