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Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

I refuse to even give this "event" one star. I'll just call it was it was: robbery. Four people in our party purchased tickets in advance for the all-you-can-eat blue crabs. When we arrived, we found a red tent with a bold sign that read "All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crabs". My husband and brother-in-law waited in that line for over an hour, until they learned from someone in line ahead of them that they needed to go to another tent for the all-you-can-eat crabs; that particular line was for purchasing crabs by the plate. We.were.livid! When we reached the new tent, we spent another 10 minutes trying to gain further directions of where to go. Finally, we were led to an area in the rear of the park next to a parking lot. There were NO signs [at all] directing us there. We eventually found the area, with only 45 minutes to spare. To "accommodate" the delay, the organizer announced an extension of 15 minutes. 15 minutes! How despicable.

Now, let's talk about the food truck lines. Absolutely atrocious! Some said there were 5 food trucks; I only saw 4. The one that provided the most "variety" (by that, I mean fish, shrimp and chicken strips) had THE longest line I'd ever seen. Someone said 50 people; what a joke. It was at least 150 waiting in that line. And as the day went on, the line got even longer. Other members of my party waited in that line for 2 hours just to order and another 45 minutes just to receive the food. We brought our kids along b/c it's supposed to be a family event. Ha! My kids were extremely hungry, thus irritable and lethargic. I, as an adult, fought against the beaming sun and humidity (w/ a few shower sprinkles to cool us off), but my children? It was torture, and my anger amplified immensely! When we finally tasted the food, the seasoning was lacking a bit and the prices were OUTRAGEOUS! Which leads me to talk about that joke of an entrance fee...

When I learned there would be a charge for entering (the all-you-can-eat blue crabs fee included the entrance fee and children 12 and under did enter free), I was under the impression that the fee offered the privilege of having access to food trucks w/ unbeatable pricing. Hell, if I knew I was going to pay $15 for a plate of 5 shrimp, 2 bland pieces of fried fish, rubbery fries, and boxed red beans & rice, I would've spent my money instead at our local seafood market and eatery, which is delicious! And because of the openness of the park, patrons were entering without checking in or paying, and we observed them ordering food without wearing wristbands. What was the point of the entrance fee again? This is what happens when there's lack of security and patrol.

As for parking, it was expected that parking at Pullen Park would be problematic, as it is while visiting the Park on any weekend during the summer. So, when holding an event at such a busy location, it would've been wise to plan better for parking and provide DIRECTIONS to additional parking. We ended up parking on the street a quarter of a mile down the road, which fortunately is permitted in Raleigh.

My family was robbed. Plain and simple. The organizers anticipated this event being a disaster, which is why they emphasized "all ticket sales are final". I wish I would've been more attentive and less naive. We had family and friends come in from out of town to attend this travesty. And because of this sour experience and the organizers refusal to refund even a portion of our wasted dollars, we will NOT be returning next year or attending any events hosted by these organizers. Customer service means everything to me, and when you show me how much you don't appreciate me as a customer/patron, I will show you just how much you and your business are worth: nil.

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Posted by VonAngel on 09/09/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

Completely disgraceful! Whoever gave this totally inept SouthEast Events organization the green light, clearly did not do any homework or research at all. They should be permanently banned and forced to fully refund to anyone who demands it. They could not have done a worse job. I personally spoke to Jamell who was supposedly leading. He could see it was a disaster with almost no vendors, just a few food trucks, no music, absurd lines and how can a food truck run out of food? He and this organization should be immediately sacked and banned from any future Raleigh Parks and Recreation contracts. No excuse at all for such a wanton display of incompetence. Let a local high school organize next time if you do not want professionals.

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Posted by papasmurf on 09/08/2015 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

Parking fiasco, long line to enter, NO napkins or sinks to clean up, Lines to get food (what little was available) took almost an hour. What a waste! You would be better off going to Crab Fest at Red Lobster.

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Posted by MelanieMac on 09/06/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

Parking fiasco, long line to enter, NO napkins or sinks to clean up, Lines to get food (what little was available) took almost an hour. What a waste! You would be better off going to Crab Fest at Red Lobster.

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Posted by MelanieMac on 09/06/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

This event is false advertisement and a waste of money!

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Posted by L on 09/06/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

If possible, I would give zero stars! A waste of our time and money. Three of us and we all agree. First of all, a LONG line to enter the parking lot only to find NO parking places and NO ONE giving instruction. One admission line was extremely long while another across the park was basically empty and NO ONE was giving instruction. Basically, it was a $7 admission for the privilege of ordering from a few food trucks with huge lines. The organizers appeared totally unprepared. We left without ordering, tried to get a refund for a total rip off - of course, to no avail.

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Posted by JoCo on 09/06/2015 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

This is a waste of money. There were hundreds of people, but only 5 food vendors (only 4 serving seafood). The long lines made customers inpatient and even angry especially after being told the vendor was out of seafood when finally getting to the font of the line. Most of the attendees left emptied-handed and went to a local restaurant. The organizers made a profit from unsatisfied locals!!!

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Posted by Melonie Walker on 09/06/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

This is a waste of money. There were hundreds of people, but only 5 food vendors (only 4 serving seafood). The long lines made customers inpatient and even angry especially after being told the vendor was out of seafood when finally getting to the font of the line. Most of the attendees left emptied-handed and went to a local restaurant. The organizers made a profit from unsatisfied locals!!!

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Posted by Melonie Walker on 09/06/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Raleigh Seafood Festival

What a joke. Whoever planned this should be ashamed of themselves. Waste $7/person on admission to meet only 5 food trucks with lines 50 people long each. Everyone seemed to congregate at the NC Seafood Restaurant once they were disappointed with the festival. I highly recommend just going there for seafood this weekend.

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Posted by segriffin123 on 09/05/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Elizardi Castro

That guy is halarious!

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Posted by Julio Boone Marrero on 08/26/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Assignment: The Witches Talisman

My name is Kelly Helen Thompson,I would like to thank the person who set this event up. Thank you.

Posted by Kelly Helen Thompson on 08/21/2015 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Bull City Rumble 11

Great event.

Posted by mikedeans1 on 08/20/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Helgamite, Fin'Amor, Plow

This was Helgamite's second time at Slim's, and I have to say, their best performance to date (I have seen them more than anyone else). The crowd was on fire, the staff was more than awesome. Great venue, great staff, great bands. Period. Thanks for the kind words, the band is very appreciative.

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Posted by Deanne FirkinGood on 08/17/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Sheila Fleming & Emanual Nfingani

Singer-songwriter Sheila Fleming joins with Congolese guitarist-bassist-vocalist Emmanuel Nsingani to bring an exquisite new vibe to her indie-folk stylings. Their musical chemistry is extremely enchanting, creating a broader, more culturally and musically-enriched expression to Sheila's originals and obscure covers. Emmanuel is a virtuoso on bass and guitar, a luscious singer, an inspiring writer and arranger, and has been energizing triangle audiences performing with the Congolese jazz fusion quartet, MUNINGU." The duo will bring Muningu guitarist, the exceptional Elie Mabanza, as a most honored guest.

Posted by Sheila Fleming on 08/12/2015 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Tobacco Road Blues Exchange

So awesome to see blues dancing gain more media attention! A lot of healing takes place on that floor, that is being documented in a book, for those who are interested in learning more! http://findingecstasy.com/blues/

Posted by Rebecca Pillsbury on 08/05/2015 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Tobacco Road Blues Exchange

While Tobacco Road Blues Exchange kicks off at Fullsteam on Friday, the first dance itself will be at the 21C Hotel in downtown Durham, and the Seth Walker Band show on Saturday night will be at the Talley Ballroom at NC State. Here's the complete schedule:

http://www.rdublues.com/wshp-exg/2015-trbx…

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Posted by Dave Warner on 08/05/2015 at 6:22 PM

Re: “The Last Barn Dance

To reserve your free tickets for the screening: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-last-barn…

Posted by Fred Olds on 08/03/2015 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Banda Magda

EPIC! They were awesome at Motorco in May

Posted by juliavanderput on 07/27/2015 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Jaws

The NCMA's website says that Saturday's movie is Birdman.

Posted by RaleighEMC90 on 07/23/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “My Morning Jacket, Lucius

Your link is wrong: carolinatheatre.org

Posted by Vitamin B on 07/22/2015 at 8:38 PM

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