“You won’t see these new items at Eat‘n Park.”
Seven Caribbean restaurants will bring a variety of island specialties to the Pittsburgh Caribbean Seafood Fess from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Rhododendron Shelter in Highland Park.
Organizer Steve Miller, who has hosted past Jamaican events for family and friends, decided to expand both his focus and his audience. This event will feature food from all Caribbean islands rather than only Jamaica, and the public is invited.
Participating restaurants include Linton’s Caribbean Grille of McKeesport, Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant of Allentown, Fireside Caribbean Restaurant and Royal Caribbean both of Wilkinsburg. Mr. Miller said the menu will feature a variety of seafood dishes including crab legs, shrimp, red snapper, conch, oysters, soups and bisques, shrimp tacos and seafood salad.
Other attractions will include a live reggae band and children’s activities including clowns, a bounce house, face-painting, balloons and magic tricks.
Mr. Miller is expecting about 350 people to attend.
“Pittsburgh has been going through a transformation in the last 15 years,” he said. “Different nationalities are coming into town, so I decided the timing was right to bring more attention to the area’s Caribbean population.”
Mr. Miller had heard of Caribbean festivals in other United States cities. He added that while rib fests are held in the Pittsburgh area, he has “never heard about a seafood fest.”
He decided seafood would be a good way to showcase the island nations because each island prepares its seafood differently, using varying seasonings.
Festival admission is free. For information, go to facebook.com and search for “Pittsburgh Caribbean Seafood Fess.”
Rebecca Sodergren: firstname.lastname@example.org; @pgfoodevents.