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Hampton Beach Seafood Festival Celebrates Some of the Freshest (and Delicious) Seafood Around

By Marina Jokic

In addition to the rich food choices, there are eighty arts and crafts vendors promoting locally made products and hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-the-season sale items. Not only that, but there is non-stop entertainment variety on two stages featuring fifteen of the top rated regional bands.

Music genres range from country and reggae to rock'n roll and pop. "These bands will keep you dancing all weekend long," says David. Some of the performers include Journey Tribute Band "The Great Escape" and "The 39th Army Band," both performing on the Seashell Stage.

For those bringing the kids, there is the aptly named Kiddie Land, which offers various games and activities including face painting and train rides among others. Your kids will definitely be kept entertained. To top off the evening, there is the renowned fireworks display, with some impressive light variations. It's an extraordinary spectacle.

The Lobster Roll Eating Competition takes place on Saturday, a particularly popular part of the program. Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm provide consistently delicious nourishment for guests. After ingesting all the delectables, you can watch a thrilling Skydiving demonstration by Sky Dive New England on Sunday at 5pm.

There is never this much food without an equal abundance of alcohol. You are welcome to imbibe your way through a 200-foot beverage tent serving beer and wine and a Beach Cabana Bar featuring great bands in the sand! What type of food will you get to taste? More than fifty of the top New England restaurants will be serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood, adds David.

Some favorites include the fried calamari,  shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, scallops in bacon, grilled swordfish, fish tacos, dozens of different seafood chowders and stews, steamers, seafood Newburg, and of course lobster prepared in many different ways. The Lobster ravioli, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Lobster Grilled Cheese have been the highlights. Non-seafood items include barbecue pork sandwich, steak and cheese, sausage and peppers, and burgers.

Free parking and shuttle service is available at over thirteen in-town satellite parking lots, eliminating the hassle of finding parking at the site. The actual price of entry is $5 on Fridays, $10 on Saturdays and $8 on Sundays. Put on comfortable shoes and bring the entire family!

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