Sandy Point State Park will again be the host site for the 45th annual Maryland Seafood Festival, a tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, exhibits, arts and crafts, and featuring The Capital's 22nd Crab Soup Cook-off and the Department of Natural Resources' Maryland Fishing Challenge Featuring Diamond Jim Award Ceremony. This family fun and feasting event is expected to draw 20,000+ visitors from the all across the mid-Atlantic region. There are chef demonstrations on Saturday, from 1-5 p.m. and a craft beer tasting on Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Shrimp, flounder, clams, oysters and -- of course -- crabs galore await you at this seafood fest, which also features live music, contests, arts and crafts and more. Highlights include the crab soup cook-off and a fishing challenge.
What ever you do do not go to MD seafood festival at sandy point, $5 dollars to get in park, $14 to get in festival and if you want to sample food its a 15 dollar card, if you want to try the soups in the soup competition ts $15, and if you want to buy food you need to but food and drink tickets and the seafood was HORRIBLE was not fresh most of it was deep fried frozen Sysco seafood I would be embarrassed if i took someone from out of town and said this is maryland seafood DISGUSTING.
As Paul mentioned, not much real seafood here. The system of having to buy tickets for food, and specific tickets for different events (IE soup tasting contest) is tedious, time consuming and frustrating. This was my first and last trip to the MD Seafood Festival. The event is much too expensive for what is offered. The organizers should lower the price of admission, or waive the parking fee of $5.00 per person, and bring in some real local seafood. I hope I never again attend an event where the vendors don't take cash, but require you to buy tickets in order to purchase food, etc. If you enjoy waiting in long lines, over paying and eating crummy food, this is the event for you. I did enjoy the oysters, but I would have enjoyed them more and saved a pocket full of cash just about anywhere else.
We have been to this festival the past 6-7 years. There is always lots to do - craft vendors, music, kids activities - in addition to the food. I like how they are always changing what they have at the festival to make it different, not the same experience every year. It does cost money to park at the actual event, but it is free to park in satellite parking. While some of the seafood is pretty pedestrian, some is really good and I believe all the booths benefit a charity. And again, they change it every year. For example, in 2011 they had a few gluten-free food items for the first time, and some new vendors.
|Cuisine||American Regional, Seafood, and American|
|Atmosphere and Personality||Theme, Tourist Spot, High Energy, and Family Friendly|