Devour some shrimp off the barbie or enjoy some chilled conch chowder. Mount Dora’s fifth annual Seafood Festival takes place on downtown’s waterfront on September 28 and 29. This year the festival will extend from Simpson Cove near the lighthouse to Mount Dora Marina.
The free Pirate-themed Festival boasts plenty of seafood vendors, over 100 craft vendors, live music, and a kick-off Pirate Party at Magical Meat Boutique on Friday night, September 27.
In past years, seafood lovers grazed on fresh conch fritters, lobster, and crab legs after gobbling up cajun crawfish, paella, shrimp and fresh fish tacos. This year’s festival-goers can expect the same.
A children’s Pirate Village will include the Panama Pearl Pirate Ship for kids to explore, Blackbeard's Pirate Show and Captain Jack Sparrow roaming the lakefront.
Foodies that want to indulge in a bountiful seafood tasting can take a "Landlubber Seafood Tour" with stops at participating restaurants. The eateries will be offering samples of their seafood dishes and refreshing libations. The self-guided tours go 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days of the event.
Saturday night features a free concert on the lakefront and Pirate Karaoke in the bar at Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant downtown from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
On Sunday, shuckers can test their skills during the Central Florida Oyster Shucking Contest at 2 p.m. on the stage at Simpson Cove.
To help meet the challenges of downtown parking, shuttles to the festival will be available at Mount Dora Plaza on Old U.S. Highway 441 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, this month , click here. Also download the area's free mobile app.