This year marked the 2nd Annual Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival and it was a phenomenal event! The weather was an absolutely perfect temperature Siesta Key day. Guests were treated to clear blue skies and if you stayed for sunset, a super moon could be viewed opposite of the sunset.
There were many very popular local bands that played, people danced and sang along while enjoying their tropical libations, beers and most importantly….the Seafood!!
Sarasota’s favorite local restaurants lined the stands and provided some of their best seafood items of which I can’t think of one type of seafood that wasn’t there. Choices ranged from Lobster Bisque and full Lobster dinners to shrimp mac and cheese, jambalaya, paella, crab legs, crawfish, prawns, and so much more.
Restaurants included favorites such as Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Walt’s Fish Market, Gypsy Fish, Bobby Poole, Cindy’s Seafood, Blasé Café, and several others are serving up of our areas more authentic local flavor.
Eight local bands provided the music: Ari and the Alibis, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, The Hard Luck Society, Kettle of Fish, Greg Billings Band, and Reverend Barry & The Funk.
“There is local support, the music is great, the food is great … it’s been a phenomenal, phenomenal weekend,” said Kinney. “The sand has everything to do with it — the sand under your feet. … That’s a seafood festival.”
Organizers moved the festival to the South end of the Siesta Key Beach Parking lot into the sand to make it easier to have guests access the festival and to have beach goers able to access the beach. This made it super cool as the festival is literally a beach festival with no shoes required. I spent the afternoon barefoot, enjoying the music with Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio with shrimps and mac and cheese and local beers. It was fantastic.
This year included a VIP access tent with lounges, seafood buffet and areas to kick back, with some great views of the stage.
Oh and don’t forget the Alligator bites that were available too! there was so much more than seafood.