Croquetapalooza 2017 is Friday August 25th

Croquetapalooza and Frita Showdown came about when I was thinking about not only creating a very “Only in Miami” kinda event. All the food, music and decor revolve around my upbringing in a Cuban household with my maternal grandparents, my parents and my sister.

It was important that this event was right on the money since it will always be dedicated to the memory of my late grandparents Gregorio & Juana Echevarria who brought our family to the United States from Cuba in the early 1960s looking for a better life.

the late great Juana y Gregorio Echevarria aka my abuelos

Frita Showdown was originally a separate event which I merged with the Croquetapalooza spectacle last year. This year, in its 5th incarnation we have finally gotten to the point where we have 10 participants competing for the title of “Best Frita en el Mundo”. The attendees’ vote decides who the winner is.

Croquetapalooza will feature 15 of the Best Croquetas in South Florida including A Lo Cubano Kitchen from Orlando, Florida and Croquette all the way from Dallas, Texas. Much like Frita Showdown, the attendees can vote for their favorite who will be crowned the People’s Choice Winner.

Night Owl Cookie Co‘s Andrew Boix-Gonzalez, CREAM‘s Randy Fisher, Sun Sentinel’s Dining Critic Michael Mayo and 610 WIOD‘s Manny Muñoz will be the judges for Croquetapalooza 2017 and will decide who will win the Judge’s Award for Best Croqueta.

Our 4th Annual Croqueta Eating Contest sponsored by the iconic Islas Canarias restaurant will also be taking place and it’s always a blast to watch.

Tiempo al Tiempo will be performing some classic Cuban songs live plus DJ Volksmusik will be playing a bunch of great tunes in-between to keep the crowds motivated.

Tickets to Croquetapalooza/Frita Showdown are $50 which include sampling from everything below:


1. A Lo Cubano Kitchen
2. Babe Froman
3. BreadMan Miami Bakery
4. Chico’s
5. Croquette
6. Doce Provisions
7. Dos Croquetas
8. El Carne Express
9. Empanada Harry’s
10. FINKA Table & Tap
11. ITO
12. Lizarran
13. Palomilla Grill
14. Pinecrest Bakery
15. Sakaya Kitchen

Frita Showdown:

1. Amelia’s 1931
2. Ariete
3. El Rey de las Fritas
5. The Magic Box
6. MEAT Eatery & Taproom
7. Off The Mile
8. Pincho Factory
9. Pinecrest Bakery
10. Plato Pop Up Deli


1. Casa Gioia
2. CAWY Soft Drinks (Jupiña & Materva)
3. Chifles
4. ChurroMania
5. Concrete Beach Brewery
6. Donutty
7. La LLave Cafe
8. Lila’s Desserts
9. MIA Beer Company
10. Ojala Wine
11. Sweetness Bakeshop
12. Tio Colo Bocaditos de Helado
13. Tito’s Vodka

Some pictures from Croquetapalooza 2016: