A highly anticipated event has been moved forward two weeks as Palm Beach County braces for another weekend of wet weather.
The Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival now will be June 2-3, postponed from this weekend, organizers said in a news release. “The forecast for heavy rains necessitated a change of dates,” organizers said. Hours for the event remain the same: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 2 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3. The festival also will stay at Royal Palm Beach’s Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd.
The event previously was held in downtown West Palm Beach in concert with the popular Downtown Showdown fishing tournament, but moved to Royal Palm Beach this year seeking more space for a growing crowd.
Rain chances increase heading into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. There is a possibility for some flooding and periods of heavy rain, forecasters said.
Event organizers expect the festival to draw thousands of people to try a range of seafood dishes including fish, conch, lobster, shrimp, oysters and crabs. There will be non-seafood dishes as well, with big-top tents for dining.
Admission and parking are free. Guests can check out an entertainment lineup that includes live music from rock, reggae and ska group Making Faces, island and Caribbean tunes from Bamboo, reggae from Sweet Justice, and solo acts Davee Bryan, George E. Manosis and Karen House. Headliners are Bad Company tribute group Bad Inc. and Foreigner tribute band 4NR2 on Saturday; and Jimmy Buffett tribute band The Caribbean Chillers on Sunday.
More than 100 vendors will sell a range of goods, including nautical-themed items. On Sunday there will be a classic and custom car show. Children can check out the Little Fins Kids Zone with bounce houses, games and slides. Wristbands for activities will be on sale. Children also can pose for photos with one of the mermaids and pirates walking through the festival.
The festival will be a drop-off point for donations to The Children’s Healing Institute. Items on the group’s wish list include board games, card games, lawn games, books, coloring books, puzzles, Play Doh, educational and developmental toys, dolls, sporting goods, Legos, and baby items including onesies and bottles.
For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeachseafoodfestival.com or call 561-792-9260.