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Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival Delivers Fresh Catches, Good Times

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The inaugural Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival was so nice that organizers have decided to do it twice — not only with a second annual installment of the downtown seafood-palooza, but also turning the one-day party into a two-day shindig. Guests at The Caribbean Resort & Villas can follow their noses down Ocean Boulevard to find great seafood and good times.

Set for Friday and Saturday, October 6-7, the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival promises to be even bigger and better in 2017. Held at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place in the heart of the downtown district, this free seaside celebration offers more than the fresh seafood that is caught in local waters in the fall. It's also an awesome party — even if you don't love seafood.

Live music, dancing, a car show, a cornhole tournament and a kids' zone play area are among the many activities scheduled for this year's Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, but the main attractions comes with sides of cocktail and tartar sauce. More than a dozen restaurants, food vendors and civic groups serve up fresh-caught treats by the boatload.

Among last year's participants that are planning to come back again this year are award-winning seafood restaurants like the Sea Captain's House, Drunken Jack's, The Noizy Oyster, Big Mike's Soul Food, Jimmyz Hibachi, ART Burger Sushi Bar, Hurricanes Daiquiri Bar & Grill, the Omar Chefs (a unit of the Omar Shriners), Unique Southern Eats and more, with several newcomers also expected to join the party. Chick-fil-A and Livin' the Dream Ice Cream will be on hand for the kids and picky eaters.

The tasty dishes on the menu range from traditional seafood platters and Calabash-style seafood baskets to Southern classics like shrimp and grits and she-crab soup — and even sushi. The festival grounds will feature plenty of places for families and groups to gather and sample seafood dishes, share bites, and sip some beer, wine and cocktails while enjoying the live music, souvenir vendors and other entertainment.

This year's musical lineup features a beach music theme that will have patrons shagging in the plaza and taking a stroll down memory lane on the former site of the historic Myrtle Beach Pavilion. Jim Quick & Coastline headlines Friday night's kickoff from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Catalinas take the stage from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and The Fantastic Shakers close the curtains on the show from 5 to 7 p.m. The cornhole tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, while the car show and kids’ zone will be available all day.

Guests at The Caribbean Resort & Villas can take in all the sights, sounds and seafood the festival has to offer while also soaking up the fun atmosphere of the downtown district. Take the kids for a wild day of action at Family Kingdom Amusement Park, take the family for a ride high atop the 190-foot Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, or take a stroll down the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk — all within walking range of the festival grounds.

The Caribbean Resort & Villas also offers lots of on-site activities to make the weekend perfect for a fall family getaway. Our heated indoor and outdoor pools, tanning deck and easy beach access provide the ideal setting for enjoying the mild autumn weather and sparsely populated beaches of the Grand Strand in the fall. Book your plans to attend the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation at The Caribbean Resort & Villas.