Madeira Beach, FL., October 14, 2016 – Let the countdown to chaos begin. The John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival is bigger and better than ever. This year The Festival has expanded from three days to four full days. The Festival has grown so big it has busted out of the confines of John’s Pass Village and taken over the waterfront and beach as well.
In two weeks, world-famous John’s Pass Village will play host to over 200,000 seafood and music lovers from all over the country. It’s the third largest seafood festival in the country but organizers are committed to taking John’s Pass Seafood Festival to the number one spot.
For 35 years, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival has featured non-stop musical performances from some of the best bands, hundreds of craft vendors, hundreds of local businesses, amazing seafood and has always been FREE to the public.
This year Festival Chairperson, Sonny Flynn, has taken the festival to new heights.
“We’re already the largest seafood festival in Florida. But we’re more than just a place for food and music. We are an experience. Where else can you have all the fun of a festival combined with a waterfront boardwalk and white sandy beaches?”
“Village Boulevard is always hopping but if you want to get away for a break, you can sit on the boardwalk and look for schools of dolphins or head over to our new Kid Zone on the beach.” Flynn said.
“Over the years this festival has become a part of the community. It started as a way to promote our rich history in the fishing industry. But today the experience is bigger and better than ever.” Flynn said.
One of the highlights of the John’s Pass Seafood Festival for the past two years has been the Chef Showdown. The Chef Showdown is the Kick-Off event to the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Thursday, October 27th at the Main Stage Area.
This is a chance for local restaurants to prove they’re the best and be named “Best Seafood in the County.” Local chefs will do battle head to head in an effort to showcase their talent and their restaurant.
The Chef Showdown is open to all restaurants offering a seafood item on their menu. The All-Star panel of judges will award prizes for “Best Seafood”.
“The John’s Pass Seafood Festival is celebration of our local seafood and culture. We want to showcase the fabulous culinary talent we have right in our backyard. We believe our Chef Showdown is fun way for our local chefs to demonstrate their talent and show festival goers how much work goes into creating a delicious seafood dish.” Flynn said.
New this year is the Kid Zone on Madeira Beach. Right across the street from the festival, the Kid Zone features all kinds of great attractions like rock climbing walls, bouncy houses, bungee jumps and giant slides. It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids and enjoy the white sandy beach while attending the festival.
“The Festival is always hopping but if you want to get away for a break, you can head over to our new Kid Zone on the beach. We thought long and hard about what kids want when they come to the festival. They want to play. They want to run around and enjoy the sand. So we built a Kid Zone just for them. ”
“The Seafood Festival has been growing for 35 years. We want to start grooming the next generation of festival lovers now.” Flynn said.
The John’s Pass Seafood festival includes a Halloween Block Party, featuring an Adult Costume Contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes on Friday, October 28th. The Battle of The Gulf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 29th will challenge anglers of all skill levels. On Sunday, October 30th at 12:30 we will attempt to break the official World Record Bloody Mary Toast with over a thousand participants raising their glasses.
The Festival is hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association and is always held on the last full weekend of October. This year the festival runs from October 27th through October 30th. Gates open at 10am and close at 11pm.
For parking and free shuttle service information please visit our website at www.johnspassseafoodfestival.com or call 727.322.5217.