The Seafood Throwdown, the centerpiece of the Local Food Fare, begins at 2:30. The seafood is kept a surprise until the last minute, but local fisherman Paul Theriault, of the fishing vessel The Terminator in Pigeon Cove, will be cooking against Addison Gilbert chef Dave Gauvin — each sauteeing, grilling, searing or poaching their hearts away, hoping to create the prettiest, most delicious, best use of the entire fish dish for the judges, our hardworking Rockport selectwomen and men!
While the chefs work, Steve Parks, facilities and waterfront manager at Maritime Gloucester, will demonstrate what we all need to know living here on Cape Ann: how to fillet a fish.
It’s not called HarvestFest for nothing; two local farms, First Light Farm of Hamilton and Moraine Farm of Beverly, will be there with the best of their harvest, so bring your farmers market shopping bag, too.
There are also a number of events for children.
They can put on their favorite costume — or not — and chase the scarecrow down Bearskin Neck. For pet owners who need an excuse to dress their dog up in a silly sweater, The Doggy Parade, sponsored by Cape Ann Animal Aid, begins at 11:30 in Harvey Park. Prizes will be awarded!
There is music around town all day as well.
Old Cold Tater will be under the tent at noon, then The Sturdy Oaks, a Rockport Festivals’ favorite, will start picking. Sasquatch’s Bluegrass Band — no, he doesn’t just smoke fish; he’s a musician, too — will be in Dock Square at 11 a.m., and there’s much more, including polka music on Bearskin Neck!
Bearskin Neck Leathers, the legendary shop on Old Harbor Road, is sponsoring the special appearance of equally the legendary Buddy Walker Band, a classic Polish polka band founded nearly 65 years ago.