The Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar hosts their 7th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival, which will benefit the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom. This outdoor event is being held at 4628 119th Street West in Cortez Village on Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Music will continue into the evening on stages at Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar and The Cortez Kitchen. This festival gets larger each year. It originally began as a block party for the locals and the fishermen & crabbers. John Banyas, 4th generation fisherman and the owner of Cortez Bait & Seafood, Inc. wanted to give the fishermen a party to kick off stone crab season, which is immediately followed by Mullet season. Last year’s attendance was close to 20,000.
There will be plenty of fresh, local seafood including Florida Blue Crab, ice cold beverages, and many talented local music acts appearing on three different stages: TC & Randy – TH & C – Terry Helm – The Kat Crosby Band – Damon Fowler – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – Memphis Rub – IPA – Alowicious – Dr. Dave Band – Berry Oakley’s Jive Ass Review – Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio
Of course, the real star of the festival is STONE CRAB, STONE CRAB, and more STONE CRAB! Our Stone Crab NEVER Travel By Land! There will also be a Kid’s Zone and plenty of local artisans displaying their wares. Once again, a large tent will provide protection from the sun or rain.
Cortez, a National Register of Historic Places community, is the oldest active fishing village in Florida. Come watch the local fishermen unloading their catch daily. In addition to the fish house, there are 2 restaurants on the property (Swordfish Grill & Tiki and Cortez Kitchen), and a boat yard (N.E. Taylor Boatworks).
For those of you who aren’t aware, Fishing for Freedom is a growing organization of volunteer citizens dedicated to preserving our constitutions, the environment, economy and citizen’s rights through responsible scientific, ecological and biological management. Our local chapter spends much of their time fighting against net bans and other legislation that make it extremely difficult for commercial fishermen to do their jobs and make a living. They also organize and participate in rallies and Coastal Cleanup events right here in Manatee County.
Free parking will be available at the FISH Preserve. Guests are advised to enter at 116th Street. Various volunteers will be running shuttles all day long.
Want to be a sponsor? Contact Katrina Cox at the Swordfish Grill & Tiki, 941 798-2035
Photo courtesy of The Sarasota Post.