7-Day Event


BugFest-By-The-Sea, a Florida mini-season dive festival in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, is fast approaching. Outside the Keys, by the way, the bag limit is 12 bugs per day!

Join us on: 26-Jul-2015
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Event Details

Dust off your fins and make plans to attend BugFest 2015 (July 26-Aug.1) and take part in the Great Florida Bug Hunt, where we are giving away $15,000 in cash, dive gear and other great prizes! Mini-season this year is July 29 and 30!

Top prize: $1,000 to the 4-person team that catches the most lobster (by weight) on Wednesday, July 29, the first day of mini-season.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a small seaside village just north of Fort Lauderdale with great hotels and beachfront restaurants, all within walking distance

Town Walking Map

Take a stroll

In one of the most walkable towns in the US.

Congratulations to Brent Yturralde of Pompano Beach, the diver who bagged the biggest spiny lobster at the Town's third annual BugFest-By-The-Sea event in late July. The winning "bug" was 4.17 pounds. More than 200 divers and snorkelers took part in BugFest, which started with a photo exhibit of underwater art on July 25 and ended with a film presentation on protecting coral reefs in Jarvis Hall on Aug. 2. Divers from Arizona, North Dakota and Pennsylvania came to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea to attend BugFest this year. Thanks to Reef Safe, Guy Harvey Outpost, Gold Coast Scuba, Deep Blue Divers, South Florida Diving Headquarters and all the BugFest Committee volunteers, residents and Town businesses who helped make BugFest a huge success. More than 100 divers took part in the Great Florida Bug Hunt! Thanks also to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau for their support in promoting BugFest! Here's a list of all the top winners:

  • Biggest Bug Off A Boat / $500

    Brent Yturralde

    Bug Weight: 4.17lbs

  • Biggest Bug Off The Beach / $500

    Todd Fleming...

    Bug Weight: 3.3lbs

  • Total Weight Two Days / $250

    Frank Schmidt

    43.5 lbs

  • Prettiest Lobster (Tie)

    Sherry Williams / $100

    Debby Bradford / $100

  • Biggest Bug Aboard Black Pearl

    Jeff Haley 2.45 lbs / Wrist Computer

  • Biggest Bug Aboard Aqua View

    Brent Argabright 2.77 lbs / Wrist Computer

  • Funniest Lobster Selfie

    Lisa Nichols / Jewelry

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BugFest Spiny Lobster Chef Cookoff (Free) Jul 31

Thursday, July 31st, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

6PM-7:30PM - Beach Pavilion & Ocean Plaza, 1 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Six culinary teams will compete in the BugFestBy-The-Sea ‘Lobster Chef Competition’ on Thursday at 6PM at the waterfront Beach Pavilion and Ocean Plaza. Our gracious host for the event is Lenore Nolan-Ryan of Lenore Nolan-Ryan’s Cooking School & Catering here in Town.
Each team has 45 minutes to prepare the tastiest lobster dish they can using two Florida spiny lobster tails. Teams must bring their own ingredients. A common grill and boiler will be provided to the teams, which they must share in their quest for BugFest's Maser Chef Plaque .
The media judges this year so far include Outdoors Writer Steve Waters of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and "Billy C" of Scuba Nation TV.
The event is free and open to the public! Come on by and cheer on your favorite chef team. There will be prizes and giveaways.
The 2012 winner was the Windjammer Resort. Billy C representing Scuba Nation North won in 2013!
The confirmed chef teams so far include ByTheSea Realty and Gold Coast Scuba
Friday, July 31st, events will be listed here
Saturday, August 1st, events will be listed here
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