Annual seafood festival returns to Long Beach with lobster mac n’ cheese, gumbo and more

A festival celebrating the region’s seafood and the many creative chefs with a penchant for aquatic cuisine in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County is returning to Downtown Saturday, May 28.

The third annual Long Beach Seafood Festival will be held at Shoreline Aquatic Park on the grassy slopes by Lions Lighthouse. Over 20 seafood vendors (and counting) are expected to take over the waterfront grounds, offering a diverse range of seafood dishes from sushi to crab cakes to lobster mac n’ cheese and fried oysters to seafood gumbo, shrimp skewers, grilled squid and more.

In addition to offering full-sized meals, each of the vendors will be selling smaller, sample-sized dishes priced at $5. So if you’re looking to try as many dishes as your stomach can handle, this approach is the way to go.

The festival is designed to be a family-friendly event with live music and entertainment all day long. There will be communal games such as giant Jenga and Connect Four for attendees to enjoy, plus a giant mechanical bull.

Some vendors will be hosting eating competitions for both kids and adults. And returning again this year for a live cooking demonstration is celebrity chef Shaun O’Neale who won season seven of Fox’s “MasterChef.”

Adults (21+) can also check out the beer garden, which will be offering craft beers, hard kombucha and wine. Dessert vendors will also be on-site with sweets including funnel cake, cupcakes, Italian ice and more.

Participating vendors so far include:

Dessert vendors:

Entry costs $21 for adults; $8 for children ages 5-12. Kids under 5 years old get in for free. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

The Long Beach Seafood Festival is from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Shoreline Aquatic Park at 200 Aquarium Way. The festival is currently offering free admission to guests whose birthday is celebrated in May.

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