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The Fifth Annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival has been expanded to a two-day event and will be on Manatee Island in downtown Daytona Beach from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
Under the management of Al Smith Productions, the festival has been renamed to include one of Daytona's favorite pastimes: music. The Halifax Oyster & Music Festival is devoted to supporting oyster reef restoration.
"We're excited to be expanding this popular event to bring more music, more oysters and more fun to Daytona Beach," Mr. Smith said. "We are looking forward to attendees enjoying some of our local seafood treasures while contributing to the Marine Discovery Center's on going oyster reef restoration project."
There will be an educational and interactive Kids Zone, and two entertainment stages. Nationally known music artists The Outlaws and BlackHawk will perform Saturday and Victor Wainwright and The Royal Southern Brotherhood will perform Sunday.
The two-day event will feature a wide variety of oyster dishes prepared by local restaurants as well as shucked raw and steamed oysters, and a number of other food options, live music, liquid refreshments, and hands-on oyster mat construction lessons. Proceeds will fund the Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA and the Marine center's mission to restore healthy oyster beds to Volusia County's Intracoastal Waterway.
Participating restaurants include Café Heavenly, JB's Fish Camp, Gene's Steak House, Sunshine Café, Backyard BBQ Boys, Stone Concessions, Riptides, Life's A Beach Surf-N-Turf Café and Chef Papa's Café.
Tickets are available at halifax-oyster-music-festival.eventbrite.com and at the gate. Adult tickets are $10 per day, children 7 to 12 are $5 per day and children younger than 7 are free.
For information, visit halifaxoysterfestival.com.