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Tarpon Seafood Festival returns from hiatus

TARPON SPRINGS — After a years-long absence, the seafood party’s back.

The Tarpon Springs Seafood Festival returns to the Sponge Docks this weekend for two days of food, music and drinks, sponsored by the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association.

“It kind of went on hiatus for a while,” said Rea Sieber, the president of the merchants group. “It had gone on for about 25 years but hasn’t been around for five or six. It was always a good event now so we decided to bring it back.”

The merchants association hired Suzie King of SIK Promotions, organizer of the last month’s John’s Pass Seafood Festival and Art and Craft Show, to help put together this year’s reincarnation of in Tarpon Springs.

The event is scheduled to take place along a stretch of Dodecanese Boulevard from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Highlighting the festival, of course, will be the array of booths cooking up the best of what the sea has to offer.

“We have some local restaurants participating as well as vendors that [King’s] bringing,” Sieber said of the mix. “We’re hoping for around 80 total and then all our local seafood restaurants.”

Musicians will be stationed around the docks to provided the weekend’s soundtrack and guests will be able to check out other non-food merchandise vendors in attendance.

“There’ll be live music playing all day, a beer truck, the vendors; it should be exciting,” Sieber said.

A full listing of upcoming Tarpon Springs Merchants Association events is available online at

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