The Members of the Hernando De Soto Historical Society reinvented one of their more popular events that they host annually. Discussion and weighing of options of the future of the Hernando De Soto Historical Society events took more than a year to find a solid answer.
For more than 30 years the “De Soto Seafood Festival” was an event that was a household staple for many in the Manatee and Sarasota County Area, as time went on and more events started popping up on everyone’s calendar the Hernando De Soto Historical Society felt there was a much needed change to events. The “De Soto Food & Music Festival” has been launched as the newest Hernando De Soto Historical Society Premiere event. The three-day event will take place from Friday, February 28th thru Sunday, March 1st at Nathan Benderson Park.
On Friday, the first day of the De Soto Food & Music Festival an electrified atmosphere will be created with Platinum recording artists, Maiden Cane taking the stage at 6:30pm and followed by Slaughter at 8:30pm.
On Saturday, a full day of music can be enjoyed with multiple genres of music being performed by various artists including The Headwrecks, The Lost Boys, Reverend Barry & The Funk, Rebel Heart and Pirate Flag (A Kenny Chesney Tribute Band). The second day of the De Soto Food & Music Festival will be completed with national recording artist, John Michael Montgomery.
On Sunday, the festival is wrapped up with good vibes with music from popular reggae bands Jah Movement, Artikal Sound System and Passafire.
FOOD, FAMILY AND FUN
In addition to great music, the De Soto Food & Music Festival will also feature delicious food. Along with delicious food there will be local artisans selling handmade items, and commercial vendors. There will be a Kids Zone full of bounce houses, inflatable slides, inflatable obstacle course and more!
The hours for the De Soto Food & Music Festival are Friday, February 28th from 5pm until 10pm, Saturday, February 29th from 11am until 10pm and Sunday, March 1st from 11am until 6pm. The cost to attend is $10 per person, per day, the Hernando De Soto Historical Society will be selling 3-day General Admission tickets on Eventbrite. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed except for licensed service dogs and no outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed inside the festival.
Nathan Benderson Park is located at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle in Sarasota, just south of The Mall at University Town Center. For additional questions regarding the festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (941) 747-1998
Photos from Hernando DeSoto Historical Society. Passafire photo from Kelly Marie Photography