Mashpee has a lot of great stuff to offer! – From the finest resorts to historic museums to the rich culture of its people. But did you know that the town is also the best place for food and musical events? There are over 20 events held in the town every year, but these two stood out for me.

 

Annual Mashpee Fish Pier Seafood Festival

MashpeeHeld every October, this much-awaited food festival celebrates Massachusetts’s maritime history and highlights its steadily growing seafood industry. Fish Pier Seafood is the first food festival in Massachusetts. Organized by the Boston Fisheries Foundation (BFF), the festival aims to bring together all the fishing communities in the state. According to BFF, this is their way of promoting the preservation of marine resources.

 

What you’ll expect in Fish Pier Seafood Fest

Fish Pier Seafood is spearheaded by Jeff Mushin, Food Consultant and Executive Chef of Epicurean Club in Boston. Along with Mushin are the following chefs who will participate in the 2012 edition: Bassil Fredurra, Jay Murray, Bill Bradley, Mark Allen, Michael Aprea, Nicholas Calias, Rich Garcia and Jose Duarte.

The festival is also an educational event. Fishing organizations from all over Massachusetts showcases the best they have to offer. Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives, Blue Water Fishermen Association and Ocean Trust are among these participating organizations every year.

 

Mashpee Bourne Scallop Music Festival

MashpeeFor music lovers like me, this annual music event is something you have to witness. Held every 2nd – 4th week of September, Bourne Scallop showcases the who’s who in the folk, western and independent music. Here are some of the artists who have been performing in the event.

 

Scott Damgaard

A proud native of the town, Scott’s music is often compared to Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Beatles. He has released three critically-acclaimed albums, making Scott one of the most sought-after folk rock musicians in America. He is currently working on his fourth album.

 

Jake Hill

A singer/songwriter from Plymouth, Jake has been playing for the band Deep Creek for almost five years. Although born in Massachusetts, he spent most of his childhood years at the Southwest. Jake’s musical style has been compared to Jeff Buckley, plus his heartfelt compositions made him a Bourne Scallop favorite.

 

Toe Jam Puppet Band

The band, which they proclaim themselves as “Big Kids”, is known for their idiosyncratic combination of original songs and interactive storytelling. Toe Jam’s musicality is something you cannot compare to other comedy bands. Among some of their famous songs-slash-stories are “Flying Laundry”, “Car Wash”, “Barn Dance”, “Bubbles Machine” and “Conga Line”.

 

The Reminisants

Formed in 1973, this Grammy-winning band has performed with some of the biggest names in Rock N’Roll: Paul Revere & The Raiders, Johnny Rivers, BJ Thomas, Danny & The Juniors, The Crystals, Chubby Checker, The Contours and The Beach Boys, to name a few. The Reminisants is known for their repertoire of rock music combined with dance elements appealing to a generation.

 

Conclusion

These two events are just among the few reasons to visit the town. Whether you’re into music or love eating seafood, you’ll definitely appreciate what Mashpee offers that others don’t.