Grouper Week is finally here! One of our favorite annual celebrations in Pinellas County, this week you will find many grouper-centric events in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater area and have the opportunity to learn about fishing captains, the best fishing charters and more. Enjoy this tasty list of special events designed to bring the taste of fresh Gulf Grouper to a plate near you!

Find the perfect restaurant on Clearwater Beach serving up this tender, flaky delicacy in Best Grouper in Clearwater Beach | Sandwiches, Blackened or visit the Grouper Week Food Truck Takeover known as the Grouper Grunge Fest this week as they dish up free samples to us ichthyophiles. Not only fish but Live Music and Craft beer too!

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Learn how to make everything from Grouper Tacos a la Salty's Island Bar & Grille to the upscale Sea Salt St. Pete Seared Black Grouper with Black Truffle Butter and more.

According to Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater Frenchy's Rockaway Grill prepares approximately 52,000 grouper sandwiches per year on weekends alone!  That is a lot of grouper! And one of many places in the 727area where you can enjoy this fish year-round!

Known as the 'grouper capital of the world,' someone's catching all those fish, connect to Fishing Info for charters and piers on our travel page to choose the fishing experience right for you, your friends and family. Choose from large fishing charters like the ones launching out of Hubbard's Marina and enjoy one of the best deep-sea fishing experiences in the country or take a personalized trip with iTrekkers. A day on the Gulf is always a good day, make it that much better with a fishing charter and bring home dinner. Search 'Charters' above for details on individual captains.

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Many local restaurants can prepare your catch like the Friendly Fisherman, found on the same dock as Hubbard's, or Ward's Seafood Market in Clearwater. As we've traveled and fished, we believe that though they may not advertise the service, many local restaurants will clean and cook your catch if you ask.

For additional details about the appetizing week ahead click over to the Grouper Week event page on onto the Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater website for specifics. There you will find more than 80 dishes from the areas top seafood restaurants with instructions on how to create the dish on your own at home. Register above to stay connected to restaurants, things to do, events like this one and more. (Cover photo of Captain Mark Hubbard / Facebook) Heading across the bay? Read The Best Grouper Sandwiches in Tampa, FL and plan ahead!