By: Visit Mount Dora
The “Festival City” celebrates the 5th annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival on September 28 & 29, 2019.
Although the first four years proved to be overwhelmingly successful, Visit Mount Dora’s special event coordinator Janet Gamache says, “Mount Dora knows how to do events ‘Right’ and so it is a natural evolution for us to respond in a way to make the visitor experience better than it was the year before.”
Gamache says, “Besides moving the event from August to September with hopes that weather might be cooler, the festival footprint has been consolidated to one side of the lake to remove the steep incline to Evans Park. It was easy to get down to the park but coming up the hill proved to be a challenge for many guests.”
“There won’t be less food” she quickly added. “We are partnering with Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina to place food vendors as well as cocktails and rum tasting on their property.”
The festival weekend will kick off with a Pirate’s Ball Seafood Feast at Mount Dora Plaza Live on Thursday, September 26 with music, dancing and an all you can eat seafood feast with lobster. Pirate costumes are encouraged. Tickets required.
On Friday, September 27 at 7pm there will be a free Pirate Party for scalawags at Magical Meat Boutique and Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant will have free Pirate Karaoke on Saturday, September 28 at 7pm.
For folks interested in checking out the local fare in town, there be a Landlubber Restaurant Tour on Saturday and Sunday 11AM-4PM. The self guided, self paced tour will set you off with a map and will lead you to 12 different businesses. Restaurants will offer a sample of seafood from their menu and a specialty drink. Tickets required.
The Mount Dora Seafood Festival was created by Visit Mount Dora, Inc to create an economic boost by bringing “feet on the street” to the downtown business district during the summer months.
The Seafood Festival in Simpson’s Cove is FREE to the public and runs on Saturday, September 28 11AM-7PM and Sunday, September 29 11AM-5PM. Music, fun entertainment like mermaids and pirates, a free kid zone with pirate ship and shark ride will also be offered on both days.
In addition to festival favorites like lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell and low country boil with crawfish, there will be unusual offerings like alligator, frog legs and jellyfish salad.
Guests can also purchase fresh Florida seafood to take home.
Shuttles will run from Mount Dora Plaza at 2700 Old W.Hwy 441, Mt Dora, FL.
For info and tickets go to http://www.MountDoraSeafoodFestival.com. See the promo video https://youtu.be/eqieep8ww24