Rubens Mendoza has a passion for preparing seafood. He was one of many cooks and restaurant operators at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival which ran from April 28 – 30 on Pompano Beach.

“We offered a lot of different seafood dishes. We sold a lot of shrimp and especially shrimp over rice,” said Mendoza.

Jay Perez also loves to cook seafood. He is a manger for Florida Fine Foods and spend the weekend cooking and preparing seafood items. He was offering clam strips, shrimp dishes, lobster on a stick, a wide variety shrimp dishes and fish. Many of the dishes included rice and different items of seafood mixed together.

“I love cooking and I enjoy being a part of the Seafood Festival. I have been a part of it for 20 years and I look forward to it every year,” said Perez.

Quintina Kenon was preparing dishes using conch fritters. “This is a nice event. We are selling conch salad, cracked conch and other items. This is a nice festival,” she said.

Many people attended the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival and had a good time. There were many bands from the local music community some with national reputation that performed. Civic organizations sold beverages to raise money for charities.

“We are raising money for the charities we support,” said Debbie Cline of Soroptimist International of Pompano Beach. “We are have a wonderful time here.”

Lanada Means enjoyed spending time at the event. “I like the food and the music here,” she said.

Jenny Meier came with her friends Tom Bornaman and Jacki Bornaman. “This is a good event,” said Meier.

Stephanie Eisenring enjoyed the festival with her friends. “This is my favorite event in Pompano Beach. It is a lot of fun,” she said.

The main featured band was America, which plays classic rock. There were many other bands including the Motowners, Retro Radio, Chain Reaction and the Fabulous Fleetwoods.

The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival has been a major event in the City of more than 30 years. It was a place for families and friends to come together and have some fun.