HUDSON – Beach sunsets, carnival rides, live music not usually heard at your favorite bar and the smell of fresh seafood await you at the 7th Annual Crab Festival and Sun West shrimp this weekend.
The excitement at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson, will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, February 25; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, February 26; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 27.
“I think people will enjoy the whole vibe of the event,” said Drew Cecere, owner of Florida Penguin Productions. “At 6:30 you have a beautiful sunset and people come out with their lawn chairs to listen to the bands.”
This will be the first year that the Crab and Shrimp Festival will add attractions such as carnival rides and shows like world wolves and animal encounters. Tribute bands come and perform music from Guns & Roses, Van Halen and Tom Petty throughout the weekend, in addition to some local bands.
Don’t forget to come hungry! The festival will feature 14 food vendors preparing a variety of dishes, from crab cakes and stone crab claws to mahi mahi and salmon, and more. A few will offer non-seafood selections. Cecere said he often notices people heading to the first line of food they see and encourages customers to check out what other vendors have. to offer before settling on the first.
“It’s going to be a fun weekend, and I hope we see you there!” said Cecere.
Tickets are available for $25 or use promo code 5clams online for a $5 discount. Weekend passes are available for $35 per person. To purchase tickets, search for “Sun West Crab and Shrimp Festival” on Eventbrite.com.