Seafood festival permanently moves from Port Salerno to Port St. Lucie
the Port Salerno Seafood Festival is made.
The one-day event outgrew its Manatee Pocket location after 14 years, receiving continued opposition from some neighbors and a handful of commercial fishermensaid Kathy Gilbert, owner and founder of POTTC Events.
His company hosted the January event for more than 10 years, then created the Port Saint Lucie Seafood Festival in February 2020.
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When the Port Salerno event was in limbo last year, Gilbert moved the Port St. Lucie event to January in hopes of getting vendors to work on a weekend they had been expecting. . From now on, the calendar change is permanent.
“After devoting over 10 years of blood, sweat and tears to a festival,” Gilbert said, “of course it’s heartbreaking to see him go.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with all of the Port Authority (Port Salerno) volunteers, staff and fishers,” she continued, “and there is always an open invitation for them to join us and participate in the festival in Port Sainte Lucie.
The two-day Port St. Lucie Seafood Festival will return for its third year to the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center on January 29-30.
It features nautical-themed craft vendors and a variety of seafood, including fish, lobster, conch, shrimp, crab, and squid.
The event features unique entertainment, such as a nearly 40-foot-long replica pirate ship with five interactive decks for kids to explore and an underwater mermaid exhibit where people can watch mermaids swim through a large glass window.
It also has a kids’ zone with inflatables and games, a Road to Victory Military Museum exhibit with WWII vehicles and equipment, and live music throughout both days.
Unlike the Port Salerno event, parking is not an issue – and it’s free. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome.
One-day tickets are $7 in advance and two-day tickets are $10 in advance. Children 12 and under enter free. Discounts are available for veterans, law enforcement, and active duty military.
Bring canned or non-perishable food to donate to the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Look for their collection containers at both entrance doors.
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