Seafood? Then Eat It!
If you reside on the Gulf Coast, you don’t want to pass up the myriad opportunities for fresh seafood. Recently Sarasota hosted the first annual Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival downtown near Five Points Park. With streets closed off for the event, the joints were hoppin’, the food trucks were rockin’, and the music was stompin’!
We started out at craft tents lining the bay where locals touted their wares: fresh orchids, handcrafted jewelry, water colors, oils, and pottery. A short walk into town took us to the Seafood and Music Festival where food trucks from Sarasota’s finest lined the streets. We sampled crab cakes from Duvall’s, grouper from Walt’s Fish Market, and sushi from Tsunami. Using indigenous and sustainable sources, local restaurants proffered selectable dishes all weekend long. Beer, wine, and cocktails were available to wash down your fish sandwich. We topped off our lunch with a fine locally made baklava.
The music at the center stage wafted through the streets as people wandered, danced, and swayed. The fest featured a variety of musical genres: rock, folk, jazz, calypso, and more. We were even privy to a bagpipe serenade, along with a steel band, and several local singer-song writers. Live performers wandered the streets, as did magicians and face painters, ring masters and clowns. The perfect confluence of sunshine, music, and the arts, the festival was the first of what should become a terrific tradition. Take my advice, when you seafood, eat it! 🙂
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”