Coconut Grove Arts Festival: Food as Art

Categories: Food Art
All photos by Laine Doss
Digital photo by Beau Tudzarov
The 49th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival has taken over the streets of the grove, turning Bayshore Drive and Peacock Park into one of the country's largest juried art festivals in the country.

Art in all forms is displayed at the festival. From giant outdoor sculptures made from horseshoes to wearable art fashioned from South Pacific pearls, there's not a medium of expression that can't be found here. Inspiration also comes from every source imaginable -- from portraits of people to wildlife photographs, artists find beauty in just about everything under the planet.

We took a tour of the festival to find some of the best food-related art. From lobster dinners to introspective renditions of restaurants, we discovered some beautiful works.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival continues today at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free, and Coconut Grove residents in the 33133 zip code are $5 with proof of residency.

"Rick's Cafe" by Mechanical Amusements

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"Cuban sandwich" by Keith Bradley

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"Labor of Love" by Marjolyn Vanderhart

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"Dinner with Mick" by Marla Baggetta

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Assorted vegetables made from gourds by Vincent Van Gourd

"Lobster Dinner" by Zhou Yu

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"Van Dyke Cafe" by Abric Davis

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Assorted pepper mills by Robert Wilheim

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Location Info


Peacock Park

2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

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Very, very nice story w/photos! Thanks for this unique look at the show. I was prepared for something about the "culinary arts" but instead got this look at the visual arts. Many thanks. Connie Mettler,


A lot of bad art there, I know, I walked the entire show.  

Also, why not bring in local restaurants instead of carnival food?


hey where else can you get a pita filled with lettuce and 4 chunks of chicken for $10!!!

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