Freshwater festival this weekend


Serving up seafood, live music, kids’ activities and more

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Visitors check out the offerings of food vendors at a previous Fish & Shrimp Festival.


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Grilled shrimp, as seen here, jerk shrimp, coconut crusted shrimp, shrimp with crab, shrimp scampi, shrimp po’boys and still more shrimp will make mouths water at this year’s Fish & Shrimp Festival. And, there will be plenty of other seafood - and even non-seafood - to enjoy.


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For seafood lovers, there will be plenty to savor at the 16th annual Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival, Sept. 15-17, at Freshwater Farms of Ohio, a mile north of Urbana on U.S. Route 68. The same goes for those who favor land-based cuisine.

Fourteen food vendors, including host Freshwater Farms of Ohio, will satisfy the appetites of festival guests with everything from trout that’s raised on the farm, to lobster tail, shrimp and crab, to corndogs, chicken strips and po’boys, to sugar waffles and cupcakes.

And while enjoying the food, guests will feast their ears on a wide range of music – country, rock, blues, reggae, Irish and jazz/R&B – performed by 11 bands on the festival’s outdoor stage.

The three-day festival also includes a play zone and free bounce houses for kids, a sturgeon petting zoo, fish and critter displays and other activities for the whole family.

Festival food vendors

Freshwater Farms’ main food booth will serve dinners that feature grilled trout, grilled whitefish, shrimp scampi, coconut crusted shrimp, crispy whitefish fillets, jambalaya and more. And the farm’s Seafood Express will offer fish and chips, jambalaya, fish sandwiches and more. Charlie’s Bar by Freshwater Farms will serve craft beers, wine and margaritas.

Big Bamboo Concessions – gator bites, crab cakes, oyster and shrimp po’boys, seafood platters, catfish, bucket-o-shrimp, fries, hush puppies and cole slaw

Shrimp Lips, LLC – jerk shrimp, crab legs, lobster tails, fried cheese shrimp, crawfish, buffalo or jerk chicken or shrimp, chicken strips, fries, desserts and drinks

Hot Diggity Doggers & More – fish po’boy sandwich, fish dinner, specialty hot dogs and brats, fresh cut fries, deep fried pierogies, and deep fried mac and cheese bites

Southern Sisters – funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos, fries, nachos, fresh fruit smashers and corn dogs

Bite Me! Gourmet Corndogs — By the Sea Dog (cod), chili cheese corndog, bacon corndog, reuben corndog and more

The Ultimate Bistro — New Mexico hatch chili cheese burger, Pappa’s Hungarian Italian Sausage Dog, crawfish boudin, boudin balls, haystack, fried pickles, fried cheese curds, poutine and chicken sandwich

Kona Ice – flavored shaved ice

Crumpler Concessions – sugar waffles and elephant ears

A Taste of Nawln’s – bayou nachos, gator bites, red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, gumbolaya, cajun tacos, seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, colossal crab cake, Swamp Doggy, po’boys. Add-ons: crawfish, oysters, red fish, andouille sausage, jumbo gulf shrimp.

N&H Kettle Corn – kettle corn and flavored kettle corn

3DX Food Truck – Puerto Rican and soul food: fish and chips, shrimp, pastelillos, Angus dogs, mac and cheese, dirty rice, sausage and peppers and southern green beans

My Little Cupcakes – cupcakes, muffins, cake pops and brownies

Chicky Chicky Waffle – waffle-battered chicken tenders, waffle-battered shrimp, seasoned corn on the cob, watermelon, sweet tea and lemonade

Fresh shrimp for sale

Three vendors will sell freshly harvested shrimp on ice beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. They include Don’s Prawns of Lancaster, Ohio, and Dan Moreland Farms Prawns of Butler, Ky., which will sell freshwater shrimp, and Ocean’s Friend Aquaculture of Gratiot, Ohio, which will sell saltwater shrimp.

Other vendors

A wide range of commercial vendors and nonprofit organizations will set up at the festival. Nonprofit organizations include:

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve – activities for children/families

Champaign County Habitat for Humanity – fund-raising drawing for Ohio State table and chair set

NAMI – mental health awareness

Project Teddy Bear & Friends

SAFY of Sidney – foster care and adoption opportunities

Walk Now for Autism Speaks/Austin’s Team

Dayton VA Medical Center – information on VA health care benefits and services

Visitors check out the offerings of food vendors at a previous Fish & Shrimp Festival.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/09/web1_Fish-and-Shrimp-Festival-food-vendors.jpgVisitors check out the offerings of food vendors at a previous Fish & Shrimp Festival. Submitted photos

Grilled shrimp, as seen here, jerk shrimp, coconut crusted shrimp, shrimp with crab, shrimp scampi, shrimp po’boys and still more shrimp will make mouths water at this year’s Fish & Shrimp Festival. And, there will be plenty of other seafood – and even non-seafood – to enjoy.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/09/web1_Grilled-Shrimp.jpgGrilled shrimp, as seen here, jerk shrimp, coconut crusted shrimp, shrimp with crab, shrimp scampi, shrimp po’boys and still more shrimp will make mouths water at this year’s Fish & Shrimp Festival. And, there will be plenty of other seafood – and even non-seafood – to enjoy. Submitted photos

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Serving up seafood, live music, kids’ activities and more

Submitted story

Submitted on behalf of the Fish & Shrimp Festival.

Submitted on behalf of the Fish & Shrimp Festival.