Archived: Seafood and Blues; a Winning Pair

The banks of the Cotee River have gotten plenty of action over the last few days, courtesy of the Seafood and Blues Festival, held April 27-29. Held in the City of New Port Richey, the event celebrated the historical city, and was organized by and raises money for Greater New Port Richey Street, which is focused on revitalizing downtown New Port Richey and preserving its historic buildings, according to New Port Richey Patch.

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The last day of the festival featured street fair style vendors and food trucks, and hosted entertainment for all ages, such as face painting, bounce houses, boat tours, and endless beer for the mature crowd.

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 Young performers from the Music Matters School of Rock could be heard belting out tunes from Whitney Houston to Adele, as concert goers shopped various vendors, enjoyed fresh seafood, arts and crafts, and funnel cakes.

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Jessenia Soto of Brandon, Fla purchases jewelry from a vendor at the festival. Photo credit: Jennifer Miller

The event, which was free entrance to the public, attracted visitors like Jessenia Soto, who traveled an hour to experience the festivities, as she says the words “seafood” and “jazz” [blues] paired together, were too good to pass up.  “The fact that it was a seafood festival interested me, but it was the performances by the children that made the trip worth while,” Soto says. ” The fact that they were so confident in themselves, to go out there and sing in front of strangers… is inspiring. I really enjoyed it.”

 If you missed the Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival this year, don’t fret- the city of New Port Richey does plan to host another “jazz in the park” style event very soon.  For events similar, be sure to visit Tampa Bay online for things to do in the Tampa Bay area.

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