Seafood Cook off Competition

Mermaid Parade and Festival

Seafood Cook off Competition

The Downtown Marshall Association (DMA) invites you to the 17th Annual Mermaids Parade and Street Festival. The event takes place in the quirky mountain town of Marshall on Saturday, June 1st. Last year’s event drew in large crowds and the organizing committee is capitalizing and expanding on that success.

Cook off amenities include easy load-in/load-out, parking close to booths, Beer and Wine Garden, a super easy application process and some really fun people to work with! Additionally, there will be awards given to Best Pro, Best Amateur, and Best Overall!!

Five dollars of each ticket will benefit the Beacon of Hope Food Pantry. It is also the only ticketed event for the festival. 

What the ticket buys the public is not only tasty food provided by our contestants, they become the Judges! They will receive 3 pirate tokens to vote as they wish for their favorite dish!

115 Blannahassett Island Rd. The Marshall High Studio gravel parking lot. There will be a 40×40 White event tent.

We are proud to offer food sponsorships for all competitors from Inland Seafood and Mountain Foods produce! When you sign up to be a competitor you’ll receive a product list from both companies and can contact Hollie to place your order. Orders will be picked up Thursday May 30th from 3-7pm at Sweet Monkey Cafe at 133 South Main St, Marshall. Access to a commercial/Professional kitchen at no cost is also available for competitors.

Rules & Regulations
1. Competition is Seafood, any kind of Seafood! Be creative! We are looking for 250 tasting portions of your dish.
2. Each vendor will be assigned a specific space.
3. Set-up can begin as early as 11:00 am. Each vendor will be provided with 1 – 6” table and plastic table covering. If additional space is needed, please provide it.
4. All vendors must be ready to serve by 12:45 pm. The Doors open at 1:00pm. Vendor booths must be staffed at all times.
5. We are under a tent so we can cook! Please provide any and all needed equipment to create your dish and keep it at its appropriate temperature for safety.
6. The event will provide plates, forks, spoons, napkins and 4 oz ramekins. If there are additional service items you would like please provide yourself.
7. Vendor booth spaces will not be provided with electricity. This festival will occur during daylight hours. Generators may not be utilized however propane equipment is ok.
8. The Downtown Marshall Association, nor any of its affiliates or participants is responsible for loss or damage of any items.

9. AMATEURS!! If you need access to larger quantities of seafood please contact Hollie West at The Sweet Monkey Café 828-301-0238 by Monday May 29th so we can get your order in and delivered!
10. Vendors can begin tear-down at 3:15 pm (so if you plan on being in the parade, you have time to clean up and join in!).
11. Dress up!! This is a FUN Event with Mermaids, Pirates and Sea Creatures!! Decorate your table, Spice up your attire!! Have Fun!

Schedule for Saturday, June 1
11:00 am-12:45 pm: Set up
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Competition service, public welcome! Beer Garden open
3:15 pm: Begin Break down, Announcement of Winners
6:00 pm: Parade launch

Check out these incredible Prizes

Overall Grand Prize for the most votes
Hot Springs Experience! Includes hot tub for 2, trip with Hot Springs Rafting, $50 gift certificate to Big Pillow Brewing and an overnight stay upstairs at the Sprint Creek Tavern.

Best Professional
Overnight stay at the Old Marshall Jail and a 45 minute Himalayan salt room as well as a private 45 minute boiler house sauna experience at the Spa at Capitola.

Best Amateur
Dinner for 2 at Star Diner and a Mad Co tubing experience on the French Broad River for 2.

Please complete the application below by May 18th, 2024.


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