VIDEO: Pirates and Sharks To Land At Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival Feb. 24-26
By Space Coast Daily // February 25, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: Pirates and Sharks To Land At Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival Feb. 24-26
BREVARD’S HOTTEST EVENT IN 2017!
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Lobster, aka Maine’s red gold, is one of the gustatory stars of the Cocoa Beach Seafood and Music Fest, a weekend jammed with great music and fantastic food.
From 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 to the evening hours on Sunday, Feb. 26, Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, will be the place for grazing on seafood and listening to top musical entertainers perform live on the Space Coast Daily Stage.
“King Lobstah” will be joined by shrimp, clams, oysters and other princes of the deep during this seafood extravaganza. For seafood lovers and music lovers, this will be a weekend to remember.
“We will have a terrific amount and variety of seafood on offer at the festival,” said Giles Malone, partner in Maverick Multimedia and Brevard Productions, publishers of Space Coast Daily and organizers of the festival.
“Top-class seafood vendors will join us at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach and from all across the USA to satisfy every appetite. We thought of the landlubbers, too, and we’re also offering lots of great BBQ and other food choices.”
LOCAL FAVORITES TOO
Seafood vendors have been selected for the variety of dishes they bring to the festival table.
For the Seafood Festival, Firestone plans to feature clam stew Jersey style, as in very traditional and very filling. His large seafood smorgasbord will also serve shrimp cocktails, prepared with fresh, still warm shrimp with lots of spices, cocktail sauce and drawn butter. Additional menu items, among others, include fish tacos and smoked whiting with drawn butter.
SECRET FAMILY RECIPE
Willy T’s Crab Shack, home of Maryland-style crab cakes will offer their legendary authentic Maryland-style crab cake sandwich, Willy T’s chefs start with generous portions of lump blue crab meat, to which is added the company’s “World Famous Secret Family Recipe” spices before being deep-fried to perfection.
The sandwiches are served on artisanal buttery brioche buns with lettuce and tomato on the side.
Willy T’s also features mini versions of the crab cakes and spicy shrimp sandwiches, as well as crab salad and shrimp and clam baskets.
Golden Gate Seafoods, mainstays at outdoor events around the country, will present 150 feet of seafood delights, including crawfish, crab legs, alligator, calamari, lobster mac and cheese and seafood boil, and that’s just for starters.
From Jacksonville straight to the Seafood Fest arrives What’s the Catch, a super-cool retro Airstream brimming with Florida Keys attitude…and seafood.
Catch both amazingly tasty options such as Key West Grilled Grouper and pan-seared ahi tuna as well as some delicious deep-fried dishes such as the Blue Lava Shrimp Taco and island-style shrimp entrees.
These are just for starters, folks. There’s plenty of more seafood to discover by the Exploration Tower.
Because man lives by more than seafood alone, the festival features an international beer and wine pavilion, an arts and crafts show, a children’s activity zone and special events such as the Pirates’ Parade and Party,” when several pirate krewes, including the Brethren of the Space Coast Pirates’ Krewe, strut their stuff.
Pirate sword fighting demos, roaming pirate troubadours, pirate belly dancers and even a pirate balloon artist make for “aargh-mazing” entertainment.
After the parade, the pirates party hearty, with samplings from Code Rum, the festival’s official rum.
The festival also features the Shark Experience Pavilion, a specially designed aquarium that holds several sharks and fate-tempting divers.
The Shark Experience Pavilion is part of the Shark Encounter Exposition, the only traveling shark encounter exposition in America. The shark shows, as well as the pirate parade and party, are free with festival admission.
And then there is the music. Headliners include American legend Don McLean on Friday, Dirty Heads and Ballyhoo! on Saturday and the Original Wailers on Sunday.
The festival has also invited some of Central Florida’s best bands and entertainers, including Coastal Breed, Funkle Fester and many more, to take to the Space Coast Daily Waterfront Stage for nonstop music that begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The festival’s ticket options are both affordable and flexible. Daily tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. A three-day weekend festival-only ticket is $18.
ABOVE VIDEO: Dirty Heads will be among the chart-topping music artists that will appear during the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival set for Feb. 24-26, 2017. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
MUSICAL LINE UP & SCHEDULE
• Friday, Feb. 24: Don McLean, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 25: Dirty Heads, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 26: The Original Wailers, 3 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale at all TICKETMASTER locations.
The 2017 Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival at Shepard Park is sponsored by Cape Canaveral Hospital, Space Coast Daily, Florida’s Space Coast, News 6, Giant Recreation World, SOAR, Miller Lite and Savings Safari.
For more information, or if you would like to register for the Arts & Crafts Show, call 1-855-386-3836 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com
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ABOVE MAP: The three-day 2017 Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival will take place at Shepard Park, a beautiful 5-acre oceanfront park located at 200 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The park is named after America’s first man in space, NASA Astronaut Alan Shepard, who flew aboard a Mercury spacecraft he named Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961.
Parking at the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach will be easy as plenty of parking areas have been organized, along with free Park & Ride shuttle service.
The exciting three-day Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music festival is set for February 24 to 26 at the beautiful 10-acre oceanfront Alan Shepard Park, located at the eastern-most end of State Road 520.
TRAVELING FROM THE WEST AND NORTH
Next To Sunrise Diner Parking Area:
PARKING LOT 1: Next to Sunrise Diner: Just 1/4 mile west of Shepard Park, along State Road 520, is a large parking area with free Park and Ride shuttle service running frequently to and from Shepard Park. Parking is $10 per car at this location, and the Park and Ride Shuttle service is free for people parking in that parking lot. You will find this parking area next to Sunrise Diner, located at 365 West Cocoa Beach Causeway (State Road 520), Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931.
TRAVELING FROM THE NORTH
Church of Our Savior Parking Area:
PARKING LOT 2: Church of Our Savior, located at 5301 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931, has a large parking area, offering parking for $5, with a free Park and Ride Shuttle Service, running continuously, to and from Alan Shepard Park, where the seafood festival is located.
Craig Technologies and Radisson Resort at the Port Parking Areas:
PARKING LOTS 3: Craig Technologies, located at 8550 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920, has a large parking area, offering parking for $10 per car, with free park and ride shuttle service for people parking there.
PARKING LOT 4: The Radisson Resort At The Port, located at 8701 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 has a large grass parking area just south of the hotel. Turn at W. Central Blvd. and proceed west to the parking lot entrance. Parking is $10 at this location and the free park and ride shuttle service will take you to and from Alan Shepard Park, where the festival is being held. The Radisson also offers excellent accommodations for those wishing to stay overnight.
TRAVELING FROM THE SOUTH
Winn Dixie Shopping Center Parking Area:
PARKING LOT 5: Winn Dixie Shopping Center in Cocoa Beach, pictured above in dark green, is located at 100 Canaveral Plaza Boulevard in Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. This parking area is a short walk west of Shepard Park.
Festival and Surrounding Areas
FESTIVAL SURROUNDING AREA: Three parking areas lie within a ½ mile radius of the festival. These are noted above by the official parking symbol in the map. PLEASE NOTE: Parking restrictions in the residential area to the north of Shepard Park will be strictly enforced by the police, and will be clearly marked.
Additional parking areas will be added to the list of parking lots above – stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for updated and additions. For information and assistance please call 1-855-386-3836, or 321-323-4460, or 321-302-6565 or 321-615-8111.
CLICK HERE FOR THE COCOA BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL WEBSITE
ABOVE VIDEO: Ahoy Mateys, the pirates will land on Cocoa Beach. February 24-26, kids can meet the pirates, tour the ship, hear stories and sing along to the favorite songs of legendary pirates. There may even be some treasure the kids will have the chance to discover. At last year’s seafood festival, Port Canaveral Commissioner Wayne Justice, decided to test the waters, when he dove with LIVE sharks. Did he survive? Check out the video. (Zach Clark, Space Coast Daily Video)