The first time was a gigantic success. Last year's inaugural Mount Dora Seafood Festival was a runaway hit with an estimated 15,000 visitors. This year's event is loaded with twice as many food vendors and a boatload of entertainment.
This weekend's free lakefront festival at Evans Park now boasts crafters, live music, and pirates—yes, pirates. They'll be found at a Pirate Village and a pirate-themed kids’ zone with two free bounce houses To accommodate the growth, the festival will extend throughout Edgerton Court and Lakeside Inn in addition to waterfront Evans Park.
Last year seafood lovers found room in their stomachs for fresh conch fritters, lobster and crab legs when they’d already scarfed down cajun crawfish, paella, shrimp and fresh fish tacos. This weekend promises to bring the same, plus a lot more. Foodies that want to indulge in lots of seafood tasting can take a "Landlubber Tour" on Saturday with stops at seven Mount Dora restaurants offering samples of their seafood dishes and lively libations. The self-guided tours go 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $38.
The festival's free entertainment includes: local favorite TNT; a Beach Boys tribute "Surf Party" featuring the Shindigs on Saturday at 5 p.m.; and The Original Wailers headlining at 7 p.m. Steel drums will be played throughout the day.
Lakeside Inn will an added entertainment venue featuring a live music stage and Aqua Bubbles, where kids can 'walk on water' in large plastic bubbles for a small fee.
To help meet the challenges of downtown parking, shuttles will be provided at Mount Dora High School and Mount Dora Christian Academy to the festival. Shuttles this weekend's (August 27 and 28) festival run on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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