Saturday, October 07, 2017

An Insider's Guide To The Cedar Key Seafood Festival

It's that time of year again, the Cedar Key Seafood Festival is almost upon us. Mark your calendar for the weekend of October 21-22, 2017 and come on out for music, food, art, and fun.
While you are putting those dates in your calendar, I'd like to share a few tips that can help you make the most of your visit.

One thing you should know is that unlike most seafood festivals, the Cedar Key Seafood Festival is a nonprofit oriented festival. So you won't see restaurant food trucks or booths at our festival. All of our wonderful seafood restaurants are in walking distance of the festival, but the festival itself is manned mostly by groups from our Cedar Key School family.
The entire festival is organized and made possible by the wonderful Cedar Key Lions Club.
This is our make it or break it fundraiser that allows our students and teachers to pay for field trips, needed equipment, classroom supplies, etc.
EVERYONE working this festival is working for free.

I have worked the festival since coming to teach at Cedar Key School (CKS) almost 6 years ago, so I want to share a few tips to make your visit pleasant and hassle free.

TIP NUMBER 1: MONEY
The food booths are a cash operation.
BRING CASH IN SMALL DENOMINATIONS.
MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE FOOD ITEMS FOR SALE ARE UNDER $10.00. 
In the booths, a string of customers with $20 or $50 bills can wipe out our available change funds. The well prepared visitor will have their festival money in Ones, Fives, and Tens ...but heavy on the ones and fives.
We love ones and fives.

TIP NUMBER 2: PARKING
EARLY BIRDS GET THE FREE PARKING WORMS.
You can expect to pay $10.00 per vehicle for all day parking in easy walking distance of the festival.
The parking folks range from churches trying to raise a few funds to individuals, but they are all friendly and helpful.
You will see their signs as you drive into town.


TIP NUMBER 3: DOGS
LEAVE YOUR POOCH AT HOME, 
...or at least in the air conditioned condo or motel room.
THIS IS NOT ANTI-DOG, just the opposite!
October in Florida can be pretty fickle, ... this week, it has felt much like August. Every year I watch hot, tired dogs navigate the crowds with their owners. Most of them look like they'd rather be anywhere else.

A few years ago, I got tired of watching hot, thirsty dogs pass by, so I set up a dog water station at my CKS Science Department Clam Chowder stand. PLEASE USE IT IF YOU IGNORE THE ADVICE ABOVE.

TIP NUMBER 4: THE SUN
While there is some shade in the park between trees and some canopy areas, you should expect to be exposed to the Sun quite a bit.  As a result, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are nice to have along.


TIP NUMBER 5: CHOWDER UP!
STOP BY MY CHOWDER BOOTH AND GET A TASTE OF THE BEST CLAM CHOWDER ON THE ISLAND.
When you do, you'll be supporting the Cedar Key School Science Department and making it possible for our kids to go above and beyond the classroom.








4 comments:

Wally Jones said...

Terrific tips. Hope to make it there this year. Please do not schedule any 'canes for this time period. Been there, done that, too much.

Hope to see you there!

threecollie said...

Some day we will be in Florida on the right dates and will visit...or at least I surely hope so. Best wishes for a great event!

MyamuhNative said...

We will see you on Sunday- save us some of that wonderful chowder!

R.Powers said...

Wally, I hope I get to meet you there this year.
ThreeCollie, that would be the coolest thing.
Myamuh, I made yet another pot of it tonight... about 2 more to go. We dipped into it for our supper ... just to check the quality and DAMN! It took me 3 bowls must to be sure.