Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival a Hot Ticket at Viking Village June 23

Jun 13, 2018
The Bansai Bills

The 10th annual Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival will show off seafood samples professionally cooked at the Viking Village dock, where the premium catch came in. The date is Saturday, June 23, in Barnegat Light.

The big tent by the docks will be lined with chefs cooking their original recipes with Viking Fresh products – it’s a seafood lover’s dream afternoon for ticketholders.

The event starts at 2:30 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at 19th Street and Bayview Avenue.

Beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can be purchased. A raw bar keeps ReClam the Bay volunteers shucking on the spot.

This year’s featured chefs and restaurants include: The Arlington & Daymark; Black Eyed Susans; Calabria Ristorante; Kubel’s; Kubel’s Too; Mercer County Community College Culinary Programs; Mustache Bill’s Diner (last year’s winner of “People’s Choice Favorite Sample”); Viking Fresh Off the Hook; Spice Catering; and Wally’s.

For the “jazzy” aspect, The Bansai Bills will be cookin’ jazz blues and funk. The original rock band, based in Lawrenceville, formed their creative bonds and their friendships back in grade school and haven’t stopped progressing since.

The Bansai Bills have been delivering complex, eclectic and mesmerizing rock ’n’ roll performances with influences ranging from the classics such as Frank Sinatra, BB King and James Brown to the modern masters such as The Grateful Dead, Sublime and Phish.

“The Bansai Bills have a wide variety of covers and over 30 originals, but any combination of their selections end up growing into an exploratory, organic and free flowing set of music,” they describe.

Ticket are $25 in advance, through June 22; or $30 the day of the event.

Advance tickets may be purchased using check or cash at the following locations: Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Ship Bottom; How You Brewin’?, Barnegat Light or Surf City; Off the Hook, Barnegat Light (phone orders using Visa); and Wink, Barnegat Light or Surf City.

Proceeds go to The Larson-Puskas Fisheries Education Partnership, which gives scholarships to both Southern Regional High School and The MATES Academy to help students pursue their education. Another festival goal is to sponsor and support other LBI nonprofit alliances.

Because the festival is on the grounds of Historic Viking Village, extended hours for shopping at the Viking Village Shoppes will be another attraction for festival-goers.

Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival has a Facebook page.  —M.S.

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