Re:The hardly any seafood festival
For the past 6-8 years, we've attended the Charlestown (RI) seafood festival each August. While the quality is perhaps not up to what one might get in a restaurant and the prices are not all that much different, we find the smaller portions for sampling, outdoor festival surrounding and excellent music (although one should time the bands of interest) to be the reasons we return each year.
Not only are the steamed lobsters, mussels and clams abundant, they they also offer three types of clam chowder (NE, Manhattan and RI) plus freshly shucked oysters & little necks, an outstanding corn/shrimp chowder, fish & chips, calamari, plus shrimp, scallops and even catfish. Although burgers, roast beef, pizza and BBQ are available, those stands tend not to do all that well for obvious reasons, although a strawberry shortcake does make for a nice dessert.