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Seafood Fan? This is Your Festival

September 30-October 2, 2016



The annual Pensacola Seafood Festival takes over Seville Square, Fountain Park and waterfront Bartram Park in Historic Downtown Pensacola each fall, attracting more than 100,000 attendees during the three-day event that takes place the last weekend in September.

From fried mullet – a local delicacy - to our world-famous shrimp and grits, Pensacola's seafood is some of the best in the world. Not only is it fresh from the Gulf, but it also has the benefit of the area’s wide range of culinary influences, from traditional southern and Cajun to the area’s French and Spanish flavors to the international flair brought to the area by our globe-trotting military population. And we don’t mind mashing them up for the perfect, unexpected culture combination that leaves the mouth both speechless and watering.

At the festival, you'll find local seafood favorites prepared in a variety of ways by our top restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, traditional festival fair from the nation’s top vendors, arts and crafts vendors and live music.

The Fiesta Seafood Grill, presented by Pensacola Energy, features cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs. Visitors can stop by Fountain Park to hear their cooking secrets as they prepare their favorite cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local seafood.

The Pensacola Seafood Festival is also one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Northwest Florida, with more than 130 vendors. Live musical performances by local and regional acts will be held throughout the family-friendly weekend. Admission to the festival is free.

Additionally, the Children's Area, located in Bartram Park, will feature fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy including arts and crafts, Water Walkers and face painting. Kids can learn more about our Gulf environment through the festival’s marine life educational program.  With the help of local educators and Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, the Seafood Festival will offer a variety of free touch pools for children and families to experience live sea creatures for the ultimate hands-on experience.

So if you are a fish fanatic, crab crazy or enjoy shrimp any way they can make it, plan your fall trip to the Pensacola Seafood Festival and get more than a bellyful of the best of the gulf coast’s seafood in one easy stop.

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