SAFETY HARBOR — Where can you meet a mermaid, fly a kite, listen to reggae and feast on fish all at the same time?
At the annual Safety Harbor Seafood Festival, of course.
The fish fest is scheduled from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor Marina Park.
Have your picture taken with Marina Anderson, also known as MeduSirena, a mermaid from Fort Lauderdale.
"I'm primarily an underwater performer, so being landlocked is unusual for me," she said.
But at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, look out. She'll shed her tail and take to eating fire.
Those who prefer eating fish will have plenty of options: bacon-wrapped scallops, ahi tuna Asian salad, lobster rolls, crab legs, grouper, mahi-mahi, salmon, seafood pasta and "shrimp just about any way you like it," said Kim Armitage, event specialist for the city.
She said the festival has been going on for more than 20 years and is one of the city's biggest.
Beer and wine will be available, along with lemonade and smoothies.
A variety of bands are scheduled both days and include blues, rock and reggae.
More than 30 arts and crafts vendors will sell everything from natural skin care products to clothing and art. Artist Stacy Roth, who created this year's festival poster, will have a booth.
Children's crafts, inflatables, face painters and more will be available in the Parent Guide Family area.
The Treasure Island Sport Kite Klub and the Sunset Flyers will teach the art of making and flying kites. Their colorful and unusual kites will be on display on the back lawn of the adjacent Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.
Parking is free.
"The weather is supposed to be nice, so we hope people will listen to bands and sample great seafood all weekend long," Armitage said.