‘America Runs on Clams’ Clambake Festival seeks volunteers

SEBASTIAN – The Sebastian Clambake Lagoon Festival is coming Nov. 3-5, and this year’s slogan is “America Runs on Clams,” submitted by Gina Belli, of Roseland.

Fresh seafood booths, historic re-enactments, the Kid’s Zone, entertainment, the Clammer Jam, featuring some of our area’s best bands; demonstrations, vendor booths and more, will again be the focus in Sebastian’s Riverview Park from 2-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Admission is free – tickets will be sold for food and T-shirts.

The Clammer Jam runs throughout the weekend, with live music by The Mixers, Danny Morris Band, Lost in Da Mail, Ladies of Soul, Wiley Nash Band, Soul Jam, and Beatle Guys.

Also performing are the Sebastian River High School Drumline, Brevard Equestrian Center, and the Sebastian Police K-9 Unit. The DJs will keep the music flowing! As a special treat, Sebastian Muscle Cars will present a car show along the river on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

The Sebastian Clambake, billed as a “Lagoon Festival,” celebrates our special way of life along the Indian River, which has been the life-blood of our community since the 1700s. The lagoon provides our people with recreation, tranquil beauty and has fed our people for generations.

The Festival is widely known for the quality of its food: linguine with red or white clam sauce, succulent shrimp, hearty clam chowder, fried fish and clam strips, steamed clams, crab cakes, pizza, hot dogs, and sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches are our featured culinary delights.

We will serve cold draft beer, draft craft beer from Sebastian’s own Pareidolia Brewery, Smirnoff Ice, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale, O’Doul’s non-alcoholic brew, and sodas. As an added touch, Pareidolia will provide two special craft beers, “ClamaJama IPA” and “Digger’s Golden Ale,” specially brewed for the Clambake.

The Sebastian Clambake Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, organizes the festival, and the proceeds are dedicated to local non-profit capital projects. Volunteers from our local community comprise the entire labor force. The Sebastian Clambake Foundation is comprised of these member organizations: Sebastian Soccer Association, GFWC Sebastian River Junior Woman’s Club, Sebastian Elk’s Club, Kashi Ashram, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 189, Sebastian River High School Athletic Boosters, Sebastian Property Owners’ Assn., Treasure Coast Rugby Foundation, and the Sebastian River High School Rowing Club. Each member organization has one vote in choosing the beneficiaries.

This year there are several organizations that will benefit from the event. Capital grants will go to the Economic Opportunities Council, Sebastian Soccer, Roseland Ecumenical Food Pantry, SRHS Rowing Club, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Kashi, and Treasure Coast Rugby Foundation.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry, The River Fund, SRHS Chum Bucket, the Prasad Program, SUMC Music Camp, SOS Cookies, and GFWC Sebastian Jr. Woman’s Club’s Science Camp will share the allocation for Program Grants.

The Foundation has granted more than $675,000 to local charities thus far.

Major sponsors for the 2017 Sebastian Clambake include J.J. Taylor Distributing, the City of Sebastian, Indian River Press-Journal, Home Depot, Coldwell Banker Paradise, Dale Sorensen Realty and RE/MAX Crown Realty.

Anjani Cirillo serves as the President of the Sebastian Clambake Foundation. She can be reached at sebastianclambake@hotmail.com Marc Gingras is in charge of vendors; email him at sebastianclambake@hotmail.com Please send an email to us if you would like to volunteer at the Festival. Like us on Facebook and visit our web site at www.sebastianclambake.com for more information.

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