SEBRING –– The inaugural Sebring Seafood and Music Festival is coming soon. Event times are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at Sebring International Raceway, 113 Midway Drive.
The festival will be on the grass acreage in front of the start/finish line of the famed race track.
General parking will be at Gate 4 with big grass lots and signs for parking. Handicap and motorcycle parking will be at the front of the event.
“This event is as much of a music festival as it is a food themed event with a large performance stage and contracted sound and lighting company,” said Mike Strickland, executive producer with Patriot Productions, LLC.
There will be eight bands on stage; three of them local. Music choices will range from country to rock and blues. A Kenny Chesney tribute band will be headline Saturday evening; the Sunday headliner will be a Johnny Cash tribute band.
There will be a plethora of food vendors from a variety of seafood and non-seafood choices. Some of the seafood on the menu includes fried and grilled shrimp, clam chowder, grouper basket, fish sandwiches, scallops, lobster rolls, blue crab, conch, fish tacos, clam strips and more. Non-seafood choices will include barbecue, cheese steaks, Gyros, burgers, chicken, kettle corn, homemade ice cream and more.
There will be a large tents with tables and chairs available for people to enjoy their food or just relax.
“The public purchases a gate entry for $10 for age 18+, $5 for age 12-17 and under 12 is free. All the food, beer and wine is purchased from the vendor’s menu,” said Strickland. “The price includes all the live music including the headliners. The public can come and go all day and night without a reentry fee. A wrist band will be issued if they want to come back in.”
In addition to all the food and music, there will also be arts and crafts vendors in the “vendor tent city” area.
There will also be a large kid’s zone with a number of huge inflatables, a dry slide, obstacle course, bounce house, face painters and giveaways. There will be a $5 entry fee for kids to enter the zone, but they can come and go all day long.
Watch for a mechanical bull, “Bad Attitude,” in the center of the field in front of the main stage. There will be 12 lines of ticket sales at the event, so no long waits.
“Our associated charity is the Ridge Area ARC which serves and advocates for individuals with developmental and other disabilities across Highlands County,” Strickland added. “The event will be donating the net alcohol profits back to them, helping bring awareness to their organization.”
For more information, visit the event website at www.sebringfest.com, where it’s described as “The celebration of music, food, friends and family!”