The 40th annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival kicks off this weekend

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MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Hundreds of vendors will line the streets this weekend serving up all kinds of mouthwatering dishes for the John’s Pass Seafood Festival.

The four-day festival is hosted by the City of Madeira Beach and celebrates its 40th year. Several vendors said they would like to see the community come out to enjoy live music, fresh seafood and crafts.

Got Lobstah is one of the food trucks set up on the streets of John’s Pass Village and will serve a variety of lobster rolls. This is the first time the veteran-owned food truck has returned to the festival since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Festivals are so important, especially for food trucks,” said Renee Haetrle, co-owner of Got Lobstah. “We had a great time visiting the different communities in the Tampa Bay area. We travel to about six counties and had a great time, but bringing the festivals back, it’s great to see everyone.

Renee and Sean Haertle are the owners of the local business that serves authentic Maine lobster and homemade dishes. They said they were happy to see that several festivals, like the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, have returned to Tampa Bay.

“I think they build camaraderie within the communities. They allow people to get out and enjoy the great weather we have here in the Tampa area and certainly important for small businesses because it allows us to get exposure,” said Renee Haertle.

The John’s Pass Seafood Festival begins Thursday, January 20 at 3 p.m. It will run all day Friday and Saturday until it wraps up Sunday, January 23 at 6 p.m. Parking and cart information is available on the event website.

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