Start with a smorgasbord of seafood, mix in man’s greatest pastime, fishing. Toss with a generous helping of friendly competition, and finish it off with a heaping of Live Music and Entertainment. That’s the recipe for this year 33rd Annual Johns Pass Seafood Festival. Each year the event, hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association, looks to provide visitors with a weekend full of taste bud teasing, sight pleasing, and ear vibrating diversion. With some BIG additions, this year looks to top all others.
The Seafood selection has doubled, the entertainment schedule has been flipped on its head, and the competition is heating up!
The first grouper sandwiches (and over 100 other seafood options) begin serving at 3pm on Friday October 24th. Friday evening, things heat up with Tampa Bay’s Largest Halloween Block Party and Costume Contest for Adults. From 7pm until 11pm, over $1000 in cash and prizes will be doled out. Food Vendors, Beer Truck and Full Bar run all night as well!
As the sun rises on Saturday, the first ever John’s Pass Seafood Festival “Battle in the Gulf” kicks off. A rodeo-style fishing tournament with a 100% payback, the Battle in the Gulf looks to bring seafood back to the forefront of the festival. Weigh-in and the awards ceremony take place starting at 5pm. Enjoy great local seafood and craft beer while watching the anglers bring in their catch to see how they measure up.
Sunday Funday festivalgoers will revel to the sounds of Island music while watching the intense competition of the Best Seafood Competition Judging. Enjoy the sight, sound, and smell of the Sauce Boss, who earned a verse in a Jimmy Buffett song about gumbo, called “I Will Play for Gumbo.” Watch as he sings, plays, tells stories, and cooks up a big pot of gumbo to be served to the crowd. Following the Sauce Boss, the festival closes out with a performance by the Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band.
Entry to the festival is free.