It was three days of great food and live music at this year’s Marco Island Seafood Festival in Veterans Community Park.
Dianna Dohm, the Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, summed up the success: “This year we had a great event. The weather was festival perfect, our selections of bands hit the mark and the community was ready for a good time.”
It was hard selecting from the delicious assortment of seafood, such as jambalaya, paella, grilled and fried fish, coconut shrimp, crab cakes, clams and lobster. Not to mention the landlubber offerings of Italian sausage, Greek salad, fresh corn on the cob, corn dogs, and more. “Every year we try to introduce more of a variety of food for both those seafood lovers and land lovers, along with an array of different type of music to fit everyone’s liking. This year we hit it out of the park,” said Dohm.
Musical entertainment from headliners Disco Inferno, Ben Allen Band, The LandSharks, and One Night Rodeo had everyone dancing in the park.
Attendees enjoyed browsing and shopping the variety of goods offered by 60 vendors, including original artwork, crafts, jewelry, and clothing. A Kids Zone kept the youngsters entertained.
The annual community event is a fundraiser for the Marco Island Sunrise and Noontime Rotary clubs and the Kiwanis Club. Net proceeds of the Seafood Festival are divided among the three service clubs, which in turn support the less fortunate in our local area, especially children.
As of press time, the Chamber was still reconciling the finances but stated that the proceeds “will surely be more than last year.” Last year each of the three clubs received $25,000 for its philanthropic use.
Over 175 of the festival volunteers were from the three service clubs. “We are proud of the fact that the entire festival workforce is volunteer. Even the festival organizers, who work throughout the year on planning the festival, are volunteers,” said Dohm
This year, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce played a much larger role, handling all festival questions, marketing and public relations. The Chamber reports that over 9,000 people attended, from all over Southwest Florida, including Tampa, Punta Gorda and Venice.
Save the date for next year’s Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival: March 20, 21 and 22, 2020.