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.
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