Has it been 35 years already? Oh who am I kidding. I haven't been around for 35 years but that doesn't mean I don't love keeping the tradition around. Shameless plug. I'm the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for the Pensacola Seafood Festival.
The Pensacola Seafood Festival is celebrating it's 35th anniversary. It will be held in downtown Pensacola on September 28 through 30. It encompasses three public parks: Seville Square, Fountain Park and Bartram Park. I know I'm bias, but it's my favorite event of the year. I have family and friends that come into town just for this festival. Need to know all the ins and outs of the festival for the best experience? I'm here to help. The best part: Entrance to the festival is FREE!
Parking. It's the number one question that we get at the office. Downtown Pensacola parking is just that, downtown Pensacola parking. There's a website that helps you find all of the parking spaces in downtown: Pensacola Parking. Treat it like a Pensacola Blue Wahoos game and be prepared to pay $5 to a charity that take over parking lots in downtown for big events. It's the easiest way.
Driving Directions. Try typing in your GPS or MapQuest, 211 West Main Street. It will guide you to the heart of the festival, but the streets will be closed before you make it there.
What to Bring. A chair. There are plenty of chairs and tables at the festival, but you never know how many will be available.
What Not to Bring. Coolers, outside beverages, animals, or weapons of any kind.
Available at the Festival. Plenty of food choices, ATMs, Water, Pepsi products, Miller products, a children's area, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, dining tents, over 160 arts and crafts vendors, a 5K run/walk and a whole lot of atmosphere!
Friday, September 28 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, September 29 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The festival is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in northwest Florida with more than 160 artisans and craftsmen who travel from around the country to participate in this three day festival. Vendors will be displaying their unique wares, and many items are reflective of the area’s Gulf Coast lifestyle. Arts and crafts vendors will be located in Pensacola News Journal Pelican Park (Seville Square).
The Pensacola Seafood Festival will feature seafood dishes and other delicious festival fare. Treat your taste buds to a variety of dishes from 17 carefully selected food vendors bordering the park along Government and Alcaniz Streets. Enjoy favorite foods such as grilled conch, seafood gumbo, oyster croquettes, soft shell crab, coconut shrimp, Caribbean crab cakes, and more.
Native Floridian Victor Bokas grew up on the Gulf Coast against a backdrop of sunbathing tourists, palm trees, fish and other tropical images. Those images remain with him and are frequently incorporated into his paintings.
Bokas will be signing limited edition posters. Only 200 signed and numbered prints will be available. Posters and T-shirts showcasing his design will be sold at the official merchandise booths during the Pensacola Seafood Festival. Posters are $25 and Bokas will be signing posters on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Seville Square gazebo.
Gulf to Table
The second year for the Gulf to Table area in Fountain Park will again feature local restaurants and caterers that will serve tapas style dishes of their signature recipes to festival guests.
Participants in the Gulf to Table area include:
Angus Steak House and Restaurant
Five Sisters Blues Café
Sons of Italy Buona Fortuna Lodge
The Oar House
Nancy’s Haute Affairs
Listen to the sounds of blues, country, and rock and roll next to Pensacola Bay throughout the festival weekend. The entertainment stage will be in Bartram Park and guests are welcome to being chairs and blankets. Coolers and animals are not allowed.
Friday, September 28
3:30 p.m. - Nate Pennington
5 p.m. - Parmalee
7:30 p.m. - Roger Creager
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - SongFest Dance Video
Noon - Tobacco Road
2 p.m. - Heritage
5:30 p.m. - Wes Loper Band
8 p.m. - Molly Ringwalds
Sunday, September 30
12:30 p.m. - The Lee Boys
3 p.m. - Papa Grows Funk
The Pensacola Seafood Festival, presented by Florida Blue has teamed up with the 4th annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival for SongFest 2012. Songwriters will be performing in a special listening room tent at the Fiesta Seafood Grille throughout the weekend. This will be your opportunity to get a sneak peak of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival to be held October 2 to 7.
Fiesta Seafood Grille
The Fiesta Seafood Grille, presented by Pensacola Energy, will feature local chefs who share their cooking secrets for preparing their favorite cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The Fiesta Seafood Grille will be located in Fountain Park.
Friday, September 28
5 p.m.- SongFest songwriter
6:30 p.m.- Distinctive Kitchens
7:30 p.m.- SongFest songwriter
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m.- Student performers and guitar recitals
1 p.m.- The Oar House
3 p.m. - Crabs on the Beach
4 p.m.- H20
5 p.m.- Songfest songwriter
Sunday, September 30
1:30 p.m. - Angus Steak House and Restaurant
2:30 p.m. - Trigger’s
3:30 p.m. - McGuire’s
Pensacola Seafood Don McCloskey 5K Run/Walk
The Pensacola Seafood Don McCloskey 5K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. The run kicks off the fall racing season in Pensacola and will commence at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 at Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street. Run or walk the new certified course through downtown Pensacola’s historic district and through the new Vince J. Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos stadium. Advanced registration is $30 and race day registration is $40. Children may register for the Fun Run for $5.Please visit the Pensacola Runners Association website at www.pensacolarunners.com for more information.
The children’s area will be located in Bartram Park. There will be plenty of fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy including hands on arts and crafts, sand art and face painting. Hours for the children’s area are Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information about the Pensacola Seafood Festival contact the Fiesta of Five Flags office at 850-433-6512, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org, or become a fan at facebook.com/PensacolaSeafoodFestival.