Yes, I attended the Shrimpfest in Seadrift for the first time this year. I had imagined all kinds of amazing fresh shrimp! Boiled, fried, in a gumbo, or some really original shrimp dish.....I was really disappointed when the only 2 shrimp dishes appeared to be the same ol' "carney" food. Needless to say, I didn't eat. The people where very friendly, the location was ideal on the bayfront & the band (of teenagers) where pretty good. However, real, fresh, local shrimp at the Shrimpfest is "kind of expected." Will probably go again. But I'll be sure to eat first next time.
I guess it was just the notion of "shrimp", had me salivating in anticipation but oh well. Maybe I'll see about a booth next year and adopt the Blue Bell Ice Cream campaign..."Eat what ya can and sell the rest". I mean, Chunky Monkey's always has a seemingly eternal abundance of big ol' gulf shrimp so it's not like they weren't available.
It was a nice event all in all. Sorry for the hyper-criticism. It was sort of like going to Wurstfest and the only sausage being Jimmy Dean breakfast patties here and there. Someone with a full-blown shrimp booth would've really cleaned house.
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wait a minute here, shrimpfest in freaking seadrift, tx didn't feature shrimp caught locally ???
wow, just wow
Well, to have all those shrimpers in Seadrift and not a single gulf shrimp available was a little disappointing in my opinion. Frozen boxed farm shrimp was all anyone had available plus the typical carnival stuff.
I hope next year there's a booth that does SHRIMP! Fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp tacos...a shrimp smorgasbord.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Dept. gumbo was very good, but then they're from around here. Most of the vendors came from inland. There was no comparison to the Oyster Fest in Rockport, at all. Better luck next year.