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Formerly called Taste of the Coast, the 3rd Annual Long Beach Sea Feast-ival returned to the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier this past Sunday. A complete overhaul of the former food fest greeted attendees on the pier.

Recapping last year, the fest featured numerous restaurants and food vendors from Long Beach and Seal Beach showcasing their specialty creations. Only lasting from 3pm to 6pm, admission was $50 for all-you-can-eat, drinks sold separately. Many old and new restaurants adorned the entire pier, from the entrance all the way to the end of the pier. The organizers largely set up the fest themselves with little external help.

This year saw a complete change from last year’s fest. Admission dropped way down to $20 per adult, but this time you had to pay for the food in addition to admission. The fest started at 11am this year, and ended at 6pm like last year. The area only covered the end of the pier instead of taking up the entire pier. Instead of using only local restaurant owners, the food vendors and suppliers consisted of a few Long Beach restaurant owners, home cooks, and catering companies from outside of Long Beach. The organizers partnered with Alfredo’s Beach Club, who puts on the Pirate Fests, Movies On The Beach, and Tiki Fest, which is coming up this weekend. Knowing Alfredo’s style, letting him handle most of the work would mean another standard Alfredo event that I have seen dozens of times by now. In short, I was vastly underwhelmed at this Sea Feast-ival – so much potential was wasted on what could have been Long Beach’s prime food fest highlighting the best of Long Beach. For now, we will have to settle with Stroll & Savor (also going on this week) and Taste of Downtown.

I lucked out and got in for free last year because one of the organizers had recognized me for my work in Long Beach, and I managed to get a handful of pictures out of it. This year, I had met one of the organizers a week prior, and she gave me the OK to come in and take pictures. On Sunday morning, I had arrived before the fest opened, but still managed to snap a few good shots:

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Formerly called Taste of the Coast, the 3rd Annual Long Beach Sea Feast-ival at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier will feature numerous restaurants and food vendors from Long Beach and Seal Beach showcasing their seafood creations. Live music, dance shows, and a fire boat show will be present to entertain guests. Aside from Stroll & Savor, Taste of Downtown, and the Long Beach Street Food Fest, Long Beach does not have a formal food fest. This Sea Feast-ival hopes to change that by having many local food business owners set up seafood samples for all to come taste. Admission is significantly different this year – entry is down from $50 to $20 per adult, but instead of all food included in the admission, you now have to pay for the food in addition to admission. The time of the event has extended to 4 hours earlier than last year.

This year, the organizers are partnering with Alfredo’s Beach Club, who puts on the Pirate Fests, Movies On The Beach, and Tiki Fest, which is coming up next week. Hopefully this partnership works out for the best, because $50 for less than 3 hours to eat food was a bad deal. I lucked out and got in for free last year because one of the organizers had recognized me for my work in Long Beach, and I managed to get a handful of pictures out of it. Here are highlights from Taste of the Coast last year: