Music and seafood combine tonight and tomorrow in Gloucester at the 7th annual Wild Caught Local Seafood and Music Festival. Organized by Accidental Productions, the festival celebrates local seafood and produce, homegrown music and the maritime heritage of Down East Carteret County.
Music runs from 7 to 10pm on Friday, Aug. 17 and from noon to 10pm on Saturday, Aug. 18. Performing artists include Unknown Tongues, Lost Girls, Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones, Beaufort Blues Project and more. Historian Connie Mason will serve as emcee and play her classics throughout the day.
On Saturday afternoon local seafood will be cooked and served, including charcoal mullet, shrimp and all the fixings. Covered dishes are welcomed. It is free to attend.
The mission is to show folks, through their taste buds, that local seafood and garden-raised products are simply the best. Last year the United States imported more seafood than ever. Over 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the country is from overseas. Wild Caught organizers are eager to push back against this trend. Not only is local seafood better tasting, it supports the local commercial fishing industry, local communities and the local economy.
Wild Caught will take place at the Gloucester Community Center, 476 Pigott Road, Gloucester. Organizers request that pets be left at home, and recommend that guests bring a chair, their own shade, bug spray and something to drink.