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March is Packed with Seafood Festivals

March 5, 2010

Spring is in the air! And no matter where you live in Florida you are not far from some fun, family-style seafood festivals. With the weather warming up it is a great excuse to get outdoors and sample some of Florida’s finest delicacies- from the gulf and ocean. So get out there and show support for your local fisherman and the Florida seafood industry.

Photo Courtesy of The Suncoast News and the City of Tarpon Springs

Gulf Maritime Festival

March 6, 2010
Sponge Docks, Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Roosevelt streets
Tarpon Springs, Florida

Focus: As one of Florida’s few remaining working waterfronts, Tarpon Springs is the perfect venue to showcase Gulf Coast maritime folk life from Cortez to the Panhandle. Demonstrations will include sponge diving and processing; making diving helmets, cast nets, mullet nets, sponging equipment, stone crab traps; mullet smoking, oyster shucking, clam farming, boat building; and regional foodways. There will be music and dance performances associated with maritime cultures, as well as interviews with tradition bearers. Free admission. This event is funded in part with a grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Safety Harbor Seafood Festival

March 6-7, 2010
110 Veterans Memorial Lane
Safety Harbor, Florida
Web site: http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/index.aspx?nid=72

Focus: All varieties of seafood; over 35 arts and crafts vendors; live entertainment on stage all weekend. Family area with arts and crafts and inflatables.

St. Augustine Lions Seafood and Music Festival

March 12-14, 2010
Francis Field on Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, Florida
Web site: http://lionsfestival.com/

Focus: The 29th annual Lions Seafood Festival will feature delicious Florida seafood, live bluegrass, folk and country music, and arts and crafts exhibitors.

Photo Courtesy of St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival and Parade

March 13-14, 2010
Lynn Hall Memorial Park
Fort Myers, Florida
Web: www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

Focus: Two days of festivities celebrate Fort Myers Beach’s shrimp harvest. Activities for the 52nd annual event will include a 5K Treasure Run, kids run the weekend prior, 10 a.m. parade, and crowning of the Shrimp Queen on Saturday. Craft vendors, the boiled shrimp concession, and other seafood booths set up at Lynn Hall Memorial Park both days.

Courtesy of Fort Myers Shrimp Festival

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival

March 13-14, 2010
Marathon Community Park
Marathon, Florida
Web: www.floridakeysmarathon.com/seafood/

Focus: Celebrate the fishing heritage of the Middle Keys while enjoying the best in local seafood, fantastic music and arts and crafts. For three decades the festival has been the Middle Keys’ biggest party.

Courtesy of Marathon Seafood Festival

Marco Island Seafood Festival

March 20-21, 2010
Veterans Park
403 Elkcam Circle
Marco Island, Florida
Web: www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com

Focus: Food vendors will offer fresh Florida fish, stone crab, shrimp, blue crab, fish chowder, and much more.  Entertainment includes a variety of musical entertainers and arts and crafts. Proceeds will help benefit the humanitarian programs of the Sunrise Rotary, Noon Time Rotary, and Kiwanis Foundation of Marco Island.

Seafood Festival at Springtime Tallahassee

March 27, 2010
Kleman Plaza, Downtown
Tallahassee, Florida
Web: www.springtimetallahassee.com

Focus: Fresh-caught Florida seafood, national entertainment and a beer garden.

Deering Seafood Festival

March 28, 2010
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue
Miami, Florida

Focus: Enjoy South Florida’s freshest fish and seafood while taking in the sight and sounds of the Caribbean.  

Photo Courtesy of Deering Seafood Festival

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