Why Grovetoberfest won’t be in Coconut Grove

By Carlos Frías | Miami Herald

 

The Grove has been taken out of Grovetoberfest.

 

Tough new restrictions forced four major food and dining events to leave Coconut Grove this year, including the popular fall craft beer festival, now in its fifth year. Local business leaders called it a “travesty.” But the city of Miami said extensive damage to Peacock Park during last year’s events made the guidelines necessary.

 

Both Grovetoberfest and the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival — which drew more than 15,000 people to the Grove in back-to-back weekends — will move next month to Miami Marine Stadium, six miles away across the Rickenbacker Causeway. Grovetoberfest’s organizer and Miami Commissioner Ken Russell have said they are committed to bringing the event back to the Grove next year, but those details are still being negotiated with the city. The others won’t be returning to Coconut Grove.

 

“We lost it for this year, but we’ll get it back. That’s a promise,” Russell said.