Devour some shrimp off the barbie or a bowl of 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 (see video) will extend from Simpson Cove near the lighthouse to Mount Dora Marina. Here's your guide to the many free activities happening:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 There is tons of fun for adult scalawags at the festive Pirate Party at Magical Meat Boutique, an authentic British pub located downtown at 112 W. Third Avenue. The talented David Olive Willis and his pirate band will be playing starting at 7 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT. 28-29 The free, pirate-themed festivalboasts a treasure trove of seafood vendors, over 100 craft vendors, live music, games, a pirate village and more.
Seafood lovers can graze on a variety of fresh seafood dishes including a shrimp boil, lobster rolls, cajun gumbo, grouper, sushi poke bowls, crab cakes, plus jambalaya, jelly fish salad, frog legs, fish and chips and more. To satisfy festival-goers' sweet cravings there will be crepes, ice cream, funnel cakes, gelato pops, bubble tea and more tasty treats.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT. 28-29 This interactive area includes the Panama Pearl Pirate Ship for kids to explore, Blackbeard's Pirate Show, a shark ride and Captain Jack Sparrow roaming the lakefront.
In nearby areas of the festival, kids can also enjoy a bounce house, facepainting, snowcone hamster wheel, and games.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 Show off your chops or just enjoy great cocktails in the lively bar at Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant downtown on the corner of 4th Avenue & Donnelly Street from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 'Don't worry about ting,' just enjoy a free concert on the lakefront at Simpson Cove featuring THC from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
OYSTER SHUCKING CONTEST
SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 Shuckers can test their skills during the Central Florida Oyster Shucking Contest at 2 p.m. on the stage at Simpson Cove.
parking & location
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.