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New Seafood Festival Coming to Salem Willows This Summer

Will you be stopping by?

Historic Salem Willows will come alive July 11-13 for the Salem Willows Seafood Festival, a new event featuring three days of live music, entertainment for all ages and fresh seafood from more than 20 vendors.

Attendees will indulge in traditional New England seafood specialties such as fried clams, lobster rolls, clam chowder, fish and chips and boiled lobsters and steamers. Fish tacos, Cajun calamari, lobster burgers and other contemporary fare also will be available. There will be plenty of choices for non-seafood lovers, those with a sweet tooth and for the kids as well.

"This really is an ideal location for a seafood festival," said Jude David, CEO of FestEvents, which is hosting Salem Willows Seafood Festival. 

David also is chairperson of the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, which is entering its 25th year and is currently the largest annual event in New Hampshire. 

The inaugural Salem Willows Seafood Festival features a Lobster Roll Eating Competition, a Lobster Plunge, culinary chef demonstrations by the Pat Whitley Restaurant Show, craft vendors and a spectacular fireworks display. Kiddie Land features train rides, face painting, spin-art, games, street performers and other activities. 

There will be nonstop live music throughout the event from the Salem Willows Shell. Some of the region's best-loved bands will perform, including Don't Call Me Shirley, the Lisa Love Band and Hooda Thunk. 

"We are happy to add the Salem Willows Seafood Festival to the year-round schedule of festivals and events in Salem. The festival will provide a great opportunity for families to come to Salem Willows for fresh seafood, fun, and fireworks," Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said. 

Admission is $5 for adults, and there is no charge for children under 10. A portion of the entry fee benefits the City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Satellite parking with shuttle service provided by Salem Trolleys is available at six convenient Salem locations to avoid the hassle and stress of searching for a spot. Trolleys will carry passengers to and from the event for $5 per person, with children 10 and under free. 

For more details, including a full schedule of events, visit FestEventsNE.com.
Chris June 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Yes, but I wonder how it'll work, will they fence off a large section of the Willows for 3 days?
john June 20, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Sounds great but I would love to know what the Park and Rec do with the $5 fee? Taxpayers pay to go to Winter Island, Forest River, meters at the willows and I never hear what happens to that revenue. Park and Rec is in the budget like all departments. Years ago we had park instructors with no fees.

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