Come ‘Sea’ For Yourself

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While things may be slowing down for the summer, Mount Dora has better “fish to fry.”


Mount Dora is known as the Festival City, largely due to the arts and crafts shows that line the streets of downtown in the winter. But what does this charming Lake County city do in the heat of the summer, when they’re packing up the white tents and everyone’s headed indoors? Host the Mount Dora Seafood Festival, of course!

The Mount Dora Seafood Festival was initiated to bring attention to the area’s Sunday Morning Market during the year’s slowest season. Last year was the inaugural event. Many made predictions of failure, cautioning that sweltering heat may keep people away. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

“In spite of all the predictions, we had more than 15,000 attend,” says Brian Young, chairman of the event.

Vendors selling fresh catches, tantalizing meals, and others selling various products set up and sold out early Sunday morning.

“We’re preparing for 40,000 people this year,” Brian says.

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There will be a wide array of seafood, from Maine lobster to Gulf Coast oysters, with a special spotlight on fresh Florida fare. Good vibes will accompany this good food from musical acts playing 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Headliners are The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, courtesy of Plaza Cadillac. Entry to the festival and concert is free, unless you wish to purchase a VIP lounge ticket. These include front row seats and a chance to meet the band.

What else is happening? Pirates. Yes, pirates! A pirate ship will be displayed, along with a pirate village and pirate-themed fun zone with family friendly activities. Shuttles are scheduled throughout the weekend to aid the flow of traffic. So bring the family, some lawn chairs, and a healthy appetite for some seafood to Elizabeth Evans Park.

For more information on the festival, including concert line-ups and vendor guidelines, go to visitmountdora.com/seafoodfest.


Aug. 27-28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Elizabeth Evans Park
Bring your own chair or blanket.
For VIP ticket information, call 352.383.2165


About the Author

Michelle was born in the heat of South Florida, but has called Lake County “home” for the last 9 years. Latching on to the idea that “if you want to be a little bit of everything, be a writer,” Michelle found her focus in a Leesburg high school Journalism class. Fascinated by the model of a renaissance man, she has since had her hand in many areas such as dance, travel, food, film, theatre, history, as well as costuming and Fashion design. But Michelle’s focus has always been the written word. While garnering a Bachelor’s degree In English Literature from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fl, she was a part of The International English Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta and a regular contributor to the literary zine, Paperfinger. She is now, at 24, nearing the end of her Master’s program In English & Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, with a particular interest in poetry and the Romantics. As many of her interests are culturally fueled, she finds it important to fully absorb the world around and let her writing reflect these varied influences. Also believing “lower standards will lower the culture,” Michelle aims to keep standards high in her writing by being in tune with the community. She is ecstatic to be associated with the quality people and publications at Aker’s Media Group, who have their finger on the pulse of the community.

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