Santa Barbara Annual Harbor & Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers from around the world descended on the Santa Barbara Harbor for the Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood festival on October 11, 2014. Coinciding with the opening of lobster season, the festival showcased fresh seafood from local fishermen and seafood vendors as well as local arts and crafts.

On par with the past couple of years, the festival saw approximately 13,000 visitors this year, some coming from as far as China and Japan. With the main attraction being seafood, festival goers feasted on anything from uni (sea urchin), to pick your own lobster, to paella.

“It’s a block party in my backyard,” stated Jonathon Griffin, a local fisherman. “Every year [the fishermen] get to have the best music and food and sit back and enjoy our hard work,” Jonathon continued.

Other activities at this year’s festival included the Maritime Museum films & exhibits, touch tanks, tall ship tours, free boat rides at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and live music. Non-profit and government groups lined the Navy Pier, and were on hand to answer any questions and promote their causes.

This year the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchant’s Association sponsored the music and entertainment. The headlining act, Fish & The Seaweeds, closed the festival with the crowd dancing and begging for more. At one point, Angus Cook, a Seaweed, brought the entire festival to a screeching halt when he played his solo rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on his electric cello. “It was just amazing seeing every single person stop what they were doing and turn to watch Angus play the national anthem,” stated Nichole Sanders. “It was just beautiful!”