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Saturday November 16 (10AM-6PM)
Sunday November 17 (11AM-4PM)
Rockefeller Gardens & Fortunato Park
Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach
Welcome to the 5th Annual Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival, a
community celebration of all things water! Whether you love getting out
in water or just sitting back and enjoying the view with a plate of
fresh seafood, Riverfest has something to love. Admission is free. There
will be music all day long on the main stage, plenty to eat and lots of
vendors. This much anticipated event draws more than 5,000 area
residents and visitors every year.
This year the festival runs Saturday, November 16 from 10 am – 6 pm and
Sunday, November 17 from 11 am – 4 pm. Free admission and free parking
make it easy to enjoy the great variety of planned activities.
Rockefeller Gardens will be dedicated to food and music. A dozen food
vendors will offer up seafood in all its forms including an oyster bar
from Riptides Restaurant, crab cakes from Crabby Chris, seafood pad Thai
from Song Kran and fresh fried fish from Super Grouper along with a host
of others. For meat eaters Oxie returns with a whole pit roasted pig
along with hot dog vendors, hamburger wagons and maybe even a gyro
NEW TO THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR is the Black Crow Media Cooking Stage.
Cooking demonstrations will go on during both days. Headlining the
demonstrations will be cookbook author and Orlando Sentinel food editor,
Heather McPherson. A past president of the Association of Food
Journalists, Ms. McPherson has written two cookbooks, including
Barbecue! Great Ideas for Backyard Get-Togethers, and has edited four
others, including The Florida Cookbook: A Lighter Look at Southern
Cooking. She specializes in making use of local products and will
demonstrate a cooking style that uses the best that Florida has to
offer. Local chefs, including Costa Magoulas, Dean of the Daytona State
College culinary program and Bobby Frappier, owner and executive chef at
Frappes North, will also demonstrate during the Festival.
On Sunday, the Festival Stage will feature “A1A-The Official and
Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band”. The band, which is sanctioned by
Buffett to perform his music, puts on a boisterous, family-friendly show
that includes original music as well as favorites and is sure to put the
party in a Key West mood. Local musicians will grace the stage on
Saturday, providing a great soundtrack for the Festival.
Across Granada in Fortunato Park there will be lots of water activities
for the whole family. Demonstrations, rides and lessons are being
offered by 3 Brothers Paddle Boards, the Halifax Sailing Association and
Odyssey Adventure Club. Folks who want to ride the waves, but not get
wet, can head to the Kid’s Zone and try out the Water Ball area where
you can jump inside a plastic bubble and surf the kiddy pool. Young
fishermen can try out the Halifax Fishing Association’s Fishing Zone
where they can learn to bait a hook, throw a line and give fishing a
Also in the Kids Zone you’ll find a live mermaid waiting to greet you.
Strap on a tail and have your picture taken!
This year’s Festival Sunday afternoon finale will be a Duck Race,
co-sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet and Temple Israel. The
fundraiser will feature thousands of numbered rubber ducks. Sponsor a
duck with a donation, then watch it race down the river to the finish
Winning ducks bring their sponsors cash prizes. Ducks can be “purchased”
in advance for $5 each from either organization or at any time during
the festival. Tickets available at:
For more information about the Festival
please contact Julia Truilo
email@example.com, or by phone at 386-492-2938.