All you can eat at this weekend’s Great Inland Seafood Festival at Newport’s Festival Park | Catering Events | Cincinnati

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The Great Inland Seafood Festival features a variety of tasty sea creatures.

The Ohio River might not be a body of water you typically associate with fresh seafood, but this weekend Newport’s festival grounds will be awash with delicious sea creatures of all kinds.

The Great Inland Seafood Festival brings together several riverside vendors from August 11-14, offering everything from oysters on the half shell and prawn po’ boys to crab bucket and seafood paella. Maine whole lobsters will also be available for $11.95.

Top off your shellfish with beer and live local music all weekend.

Want to plan your dining experience? Here’s what’s on the menu:

Raw bar:

  • Half-shell oysters
  • Crab
  • Shrimp cocktail

BJ’s Concessions Booth #1:

  • fried calamari
  • Fried fish
  • Fried scallops
  • Fried clam strips
  • Fried oysters
  • Fried shrimp
  • Coconut fried shrimp on a stick
  • Fried alligator on a stick
  • fries
  • Sautéed green beans
  • Yellow rice with vegetables
  • Hush the puppies
  • Jambalaya

Booth #2 of BJ concessions:

  • Boiled crayfish and shrimp with corn and potatoes ​
  • Grilled crab cakes
  • Grilled salmon
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Grilled scallops
  • Mix of grilled seafood
  • Yellow rice with vegetables
  • fries
  • Green beans
  • Hush the puppies
  • Jambalaya

A little taste of soul:

  • Shrimps and Grits
  • Salmon and oatmeal
  • Salmon bites
  • Shrimp po’boy
  • Lobster roll

Captain’s Seafood Market:

  • Beer breaded cod
  • Giant butterfly prawns
  • popcorn shrimp
  • Coconut shrimp
  • Oysters
  • crab cakes
  • Lobster and Crab Mac and Cheese
  • Cod sandwich
  • Shrimp po’boy sandwich
  • Corn
  • Mac’n’cheese
  • Baked potato
  • Coleslaw
  • Lime tart
  • fries
  • Hush the puppies

Grilled hammerhead sharks:

  • Crab Boil Bucket
  • Pineapple seafood boat
  • 6 breaded giant prawns on a stick
  • Funnel cakes
  • Loaded ribbon fries
  • Daddy’s beard

My Sabers:

  • Seafood Paella
  • Encocado or coconut fish with plantain
  • Chimichurri Shrimp Empanadas
  • ceviche
  • street corn

Fisherman’s Market Seafood:

  • Popcorn/butterfly shrimp on a stick
  • Cod baskets/plates
  • Oysters
  • roasted corn
  • baked potatoes
  • Fries/hush puppies
  • Sandwiches/po’boys​

Buon Cibo d’Alfio: ​

  • Lobster and crab ravioli with cognac cream
  • Shrimp with Penne and Creamy Herb-Garlic Sauce
  • Crab Cake Empanada with Coleslaw

Two fish and five loaves:

  • Two waffles (sweet or savory)
  • Two pieces of fried whiting or catfish
  • Salted shrimp soul and oatmeal
  • The soul of the seven seas
  • Creamy Gooey Smoked Mac and Cheese
  • fries
  • Homemade coleslaw

The Great Inland Seafood Festival takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on August 11 and 12; 12pm-11pm on August 13; 12pm-9pm August 14. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Seawall. More information:

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