Seafood lovers at last year's inaugural Mount Dora Seafood Festival faced a difficult dilemma: How to find room in their stomachs for fresh conch fritters and crab legs when they’d already scarfed down cajun crawfish, paella, shrimp and fresh fish tacos?
Somehow, they found a way. The festival was an overwhelming success with over 15,000 visitors, according to the organizers.
This year's lakefront festival on August 27-28 is preparing to be significantly bigger than last summer's. In addition to more seafood vendors spread across Evans Park, the free festival will now boast crafters, live music, and pirates—yes, pirates. They'll be found at a Pirate Village and a pirate-themed kids’ zone. To accommodate the growth, the festival will extend throughout Edgerton Court in addition to waterfront Evans Park.
The free festival 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.
There will also be a self-guided "Landlubber Tour" on the first day of the festival with stops at seven Mount Dora restaurants offering samples of their seafood dishes and lively libations. The tour will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $38. 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 will 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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