Annual Terra Ceia Island Mullet Smoke-off

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  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1888PressRelease) October 08, 2015 - The Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association (VIA) is hosting the 16th annual "Original" Mullet Smoke-Off on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 10am-6pm at Seabreeze Park on Terra Ceia Island. The public is invited to join in the festivities, enjoy live music, participate in the infamous Mullet Toss and other games, including competing to win the honor of making the "Best Smoked Mullet."

    WHAT: Terra Ceia Island Mullet Smoke-Off
    WHERE: Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island, FL 34250
    WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10am - 6pm

    The beautiful Terra Ceia Island has long been known for its rich history, natural beauty, and of course, its annual mullet smoke-off. This long-running festival offers the opportunity to compete in making the best smoked mullet. This year's event will also include the popular Terra Ceia Arts and Crafts Festival with 15-20 local artists and craft purveyors. In addition to the abundance of smoked mullet available for tasting, the Terra Ceia VIA will be offering smoked mullet dinners, mullet cakes, mullet spread, cold beer and wine, homemade BBQ pork, hot dogs, freshly baked desserts and so much more.

    Located in Seabreeze Park, which has an amazing waterfront view, the Terra Ceia Mullet Smoke-Off not only features the best smoked mullet in Florida, but guests can also participate in the infamous Mullet Toss, a game in which participants take turns tossing mullet 20 yards towards different targets - including a toilet bowl. The greatest part of this event is the fact that half of the proceeds from the mullet toss go to the Terra Ceia VIA, with the winner of the competition receiving the other half.

    "We are so excited to have blended two wonderful events into one," said Randy Shelton, Smoke Off Chairman. "The arts community is ever-growing, and this festival is a great way to gain inspiration from the beauty of Terra Ceia Island and transmit that into art, all while raising awareness of the community and its needs. We look forward to seeing everyone rejoicing with their friends and families."

    Attendees of all ages are welcome to participate in the festivities, and can test their skills in a cast net throwing contest while listening to live music performances by Georgia and Mike, a band originating from Sarasota, FL that has traveled to over 70 countries throughout their musical career. Admission to the event is free, with event proceeds going to benefit the efforts to maintain the historic meeting hall that is on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. For more information, visit or call 941.729.2328.

    The Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association (VIA) is the longest running ongoing civic association in the state of Florida, and looks forward to continuing to serve the Terra Ceia Island community with events such as the Mullet Smoke-Off, the Annual Arts & Crafts & Vintage Show, and the Halloween Hayride. Located at the foot of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on the Gulf Coast of Florida between Bradenton and St. Petersburg, Terra Ceia has a history that covers more than 500 years and includes tales of Indians, Spanish Explorers, soldiers, immigrants, and pioneers. Terra Ceia Island remains an area full of history, and a quiet reminder of the past with its feeling of community pride and spirit, maintained by residents since the days of early settlers.

    Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association (VIA): The Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association, is the longest ongoing civic association in the State of Florida, and is dedicated to maintaining the history and beauty of Terra Ceia Island, and beautifying and protecting the environs of this small community in Manatee County. The Terra Ceia VIA hosts monthly and annual events to bring awareness to the needs of the community, and to celebrate the natural surroundings of the area. For more information, visit

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