Grab some shrimp off the barbie. Mount Dora’s third annual Seafood Festival takes place in downtown on August 26 and 27. The festival will extend throughout Edgerton Court and Simpson Cove, as well as waterfront Evans Park. This free lakefront festival boasts plenty of seafood vendors, crafts, live music, and a pirate party on Friday night, the 25th.
In past years, seafood lovers grazed on fresh conch fritters, lobster, and crab legs after already gobbling up cajun crawfish, paella, shrimp and fresh fish tacos. This year’s festival-goers can expect the same.
Foodies that want to indulge in a bountiful seafood tasting can take a "Landlubber Seafood Tour" on Saturday with stops at seven Mount Dora restaurants. The eateries will be offering samples of their seafood dishes and refreshing libations. The self-guided tours go 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets are $38.
A children’s Pirate Village will include a pirate ship for climbing, Blackbeard's Pirate Show and Captain Jack Sparrow roaming the lakefront. The “Rusty Cutlass Band” will take to the Pirate Stage on Saturday.
Free live music is provided throughout the festival. Shuckers will take to the main stage on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. to take part in the Central Florida Oyster Shucking Contest.
To help meet the challenges of downtown parking, shuttles to the festivals will be provided at Mount Dora Christian Academy located at 301 W. 13th Avenue. Shuttles will run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The parking fee is $5 and the round-trip shuttle is free.