After a five-year run, Grovetoberfest is moving out of Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. This year, festival organizer Tony Abelo is taking the beer-tasting extravaganza — along with the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival — to Miami Marine Stadium.
Albelo, who organizes both events, says Grovetoberfest has grown to the point where he could no longer contain the beer festival at the Coconut Grove location. In the past five years, Albelo estimates, he’s done about 30 events at Peacock Park alone, not including events organized by others.
The event’s foot traffic, coupled with heavy rains that drenched last year’s festival, took a muddy toll on the park, and Albelo received flak from Grovites. So he began working with them to keep the festival at Peacock Park under certain conditions, such as ending the event at 7 p.m. But he says terms kept changing.
When they wanted the option to cancel the event the day before it took place, Albelo says, that was the breaking point. “I can read between the lines. I didn’t feel welcome anymore.”
He notes, though, that some local businesses weren’t happy to see Grovtoberfest go.