Event Information

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival 2018

Siesta Key
Sarasota, Florida (South)

Phone: (941) 487-8061
Event Dates: 12/1/18 - 12/2/18
Application Deadline: 11/5/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $15.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Join us at Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, FL on December 1-2, 2018 for the 3rd Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival, a masterful and artistic blending of live music and fresh-cooked foods. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm.  Admission is FREE. Foods are prepared onsite using local and sustainable ocean resources. Meat entrees, vegetarian and rice dishes available.  Enjoy live musical performances by some of the finest musicians and groups from across Florida.  Musical performances in 2016 included the Sarasota Jazz Project, Jah Movement, Kettle of Fish, Ari & The Alibis, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio and the Sarasota Steel Pan Band.

Explore new horizons as we continue to grow and enrich a new tradition in Sarasota.  If you are a food vendor, fine artisan or craft vendor consider becoming part of this new event and broadening your market.  

General Information

Join us on December 1-2, 2018 for the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival at Siesta Beach in Sarasota, FL.  As with all of our seafood & music festivals, the event is a blending of foods prepared onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors, local and regional musical entertainers and both artisans and crafters. 

Explore new horizons as we begin a new tradition in Sarasota: the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival.  If you are a food vendor, fine artisan or craft vendor consider becoming part of this event and broadening your market.  The event seeks the following:


FINE ARTISTS & CRAFT VENDORS:  Please read the Rules/Regulations section below.  We are seeking arts and crafts with a nautical theme.  This does not preclude other arts and crafts from applying.  Other types of vendors such as culinary items (e.g., sauces and dips) or products (e.g., soaps, lotions) are welcome to apply as these items do not need to be handmade.


JURY PROCESS:  Applications are now being accepted.  The jury meets weekly and acceptance letters are sent out to accepted fine artists and craft vendors each week until all available spots are filled at which time artists will be placed on a wait list.



Jurying is conducted in-house by Paragon staff.   This is a “blind” jury process which means artist scoring is based solely on the images presented without consideration of the artist name, artist location, or reference to additional information such as websites. Juror decisions are based 70% upon the quality of work portrayed in the images submitted for the jury process, and 30% based on your booth presentation. If you do not submit a booth image you will automatically lose 3 points off your final score. Your booth image should not have the artist or any signage with the artist name or business name visible and should represent the setup we will actually see at the event. Images are viewed simultaneously in a horizontal format, grouped by media.


Online applications are now available on www.zapplication.org

September 29, 2018: APPLICATION DEADLINE

September 30, 2018: Jury starts

October 1, 2018: Jury ends

October 2, 2018: NOTIFICATION of jury results sent

November 1, 2018: CONTRACTS AND BOOTH FEE PAYMENTS DUE ... NOTE: ALL BOOTH PAYMENTS ARE MADE DIRECTLY TO PARAGON - NO PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGH THE ZAPPLICATION WEBSITE.  If you foresee difficulty paying the full booth fee by the deadline, please contact our office prior to that deadline date and we will discuss payment options.

December 1, 2018:  5 - 8 am check-in. EVENT HOURS: 11 am to 6 pm

December 2, 2018:  EVENT HOURS: 11 am to 6 pm

  • Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
  • Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image or the manipulation of a source material is executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Photographs taken with a digital camera should apply in the PHOTOGRAPHY category.
  • Drawing: Works created using such dry media as chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils and wax crayon or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and paper making. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns, or other forms of mass productions are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modifications or enhancements by the artist may be exhibited.
  • Glass: Original work created in glass by the artist. Pressed glass and massed production are not permitted.
  • Graphic & Printmaking: Print for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens, which have been signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Offset reproductions are not allowed. Print-makers are required to disclose both their creative and print making process.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work allowed.
  • Metalwork: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metal. No production studio work is allowed.
  • Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2D and 3D, that incorporates more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Jewelry is not considered mixed-media; jewelry must apply in the JEWELRY category. Photography is not considered mixed-media; photography must apply in the PHOTOGRAPHY category. If you have questions or need clarification, call and talk with us.
  • Painting: Works created using such materials as oils, acrylics and watercolors are in this category. Reproductions are allowed; however, they must be signed and limited editions.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image (e.g., film or digital) which have been processed by the artist or under their direct supervision, are included in this category. Images printed through software such as Photoshop are to be entered in this category, not in mixed-media or digital. Images must be editioned with edition sizes not to exceed 250.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work created in any medium (e.g., bronze, stone, acrylic).
  • Wood: Original works that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
  • Night security
  • Easy load-in and load-out

  • Check-in and Setup: check-in and setup begins at 7:00 am on Friday December 1, 2017;  setup can continue into the night as needed once you have check-in with staff or security. 
  • Dates: December 1 December 2, 2018
  • Hours: Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 11-6
  • Location: Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, FL


Bill Kinney

1625 Keely Ln
Sarasota, FL  34232

Office:  (941) 487-8061

FAX: (941) 346-0302

e-mail:  admin@paragonartfest.com

website:  www.paragonartevents.com


Accepted artists agree that Spada Graphix LLC (DBA: Paragon Art Festivals) may use images of their for promotional, website or publicity purposes.

Call us if you need clarification on any rules before applying. Our Standards & Rules Committee reserves the right to exclude work that does not conform to show standards.  No multi-level marketing businesses permitted.

1) Artisans, crafters and vendors must be present with the work for the entire duration of the arts festival. 


2) Artisans, crafters and vendors are required to show photo identification (in English) at check-in to ensure identity and compliance.


3) Artisans, crafters and vendors may only show work in categories and bodies of work shown to and selected by by the jury.


4) All work exhibited must be in the category applied to, and exhibit the quality and body of work that was shown in the images used in the jury process.

5) No Multi-Level Marketing products. 

Call us if you need clarification on any rules before applying. 



  • CANCELLATION:  must be in writing, submitted to our office by fax, e-mail or you must mail us the cancellation document.  You may apprise us by e-mail (preferred) or phone of your inability to attend an event; however, you must still submit your cancellation in writing to receive a refund



  • If cancellations are received from 8 to 30 days prior to the event, you will receive a refund as follows:
    • 50% refund by check, OR
    • 100% credit towards another Paragon event of your choosing; however, you must apply to and be juried into that event.
    • There is no time limit on the 100% credit
  • Cancellations made within 7 days of the event will not receive either a refund or credit.

SALES TAX: The sales tax rate in Sarasota is 7.00%. 

Booth Information


SINGLE BOOTH FEE: Single: $300.00

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP



NOTE:  booth fees is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP


CORNER BOOTH FEE: Single: $100.00

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP


DISPLAY SPACE:  Upon acceptance, artists desiring corner or double spaces or that require electrical connection must specify and pay any applicable fees at the time payment is submitted. Specific space requests will be assigned based on the date payment is received. We will attempt to accommodate all reasonable requests.


DISPLAY SURFACE:  The SHOW ESSENTIALS document you receive prior to the event will explain whether or not staking is allowed at the show site.

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