Marco seafood fest on a roll
With the music, a line of seafood vendors is naturally the focus of the fest, which also features sideshows like art, photography and knick-knacks
Using a cutter, Robert Adams splayed boiled lobsters as fast as his hands would allow. Behind him and next to him, his staff was a blur as they coated, cut, fried and boiled all manner of seafood for a hungry public.
If you're not hungry when you attend Marco Island's Annual Seafood & Music Fest, by the way, the aromas circulating around Veterans Community Park will change that in a hurry. The combination includes grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder and even some landlubber fare such as Italian zeppoles.
A line of seafood vendors is naturally the focus of the fest, which also features sideshows like art, photography, knick-knacks like fun neon signs and parachute material hammocks, and also live music and kids' activities. Admission is $8.
"It's going good," said Lynn Lunsford of Hammerhead Seafood out of St. Pete Beach near Tampa.
"We are busy, busy, busy, and this is only Friday."
Saturday's highlights are a Z.Z. Top tribute band, Trezz Hombres in the evening, Noon sees Joe Marino and All the Kings Men followed by Southwest Florida's Deb & the Dynamics.
On Sunday, the Facahatchee Band takes center stage at noon. The Greg Miller Band performs soul, Motown and R&B hits from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s starting at 2 p.m.
The fest, now into its eighth year, kicked off Friday and runs today (Saturday) 11 a.m. through 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is organized for and on behalf of three charitable organizations, the Kiwanis, the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club.