“I was scouting out locations and driving all over New England,” she said. “I had never been to Salem Willows. I drove down and fell in love. It started from that.”
David discussed her festival plans with Mayor Kim Driscoll in early winter, in a meeting with Kate Fox, director of Destination Salem, the city’s tourism office.
“From that, the seafood festival was born,” Fox said. “She did a great job reaching out to local businesses and bringing a new festival to Salem.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring people down to Salem Willows for seafood and music and fireworks.”
SALEM SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
When: Friday, July 10, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Salem Willows Park
Admission: $5 for adults, children under 10 free. Senior discount offered on Friday from noon to 4 p.m., with a $2 admission for anyone over the age of 60.
Extra parking: Satellite parking, with shuttle service provided by Salem Trolley, is available at the Salem Visitor Center on Essex Street; at Shetland Properties, 29 Congress St. (Saturday and Sunday only); at the train station, 252 Bridge St.; and Salem Ferry Landing, 10 Blaney St. Round-trip trolley fare is $5, or $3 one-way. Children under 10 free. The shuttle also picks up guests at the Hawthorne and Salem Waterfront Hotels.