Five Essential Florida Seafood Festivals

The Sunshine State is known for its warm weather, coastal cities, and relaxing atmosphere. With water surrounding much of the state, Florida is also an acclaimed seafood hub, with major festivals taking place throughout the year. Peak festival season falls from January to March, giving snowbirds a great opportunity to sample the best seafood the state has to offer. Read on to find a festival near you!


Port Salerno Seafood Festival: January 27, 2018

Port Salerno is a part of Florida’s Treasure Coast, which is also home to Port St. Lucie, dubbed the “Sailfish Capital of the World.” The locals take seafood seriously and their passions can be showcased at the Port Salerno Seafood Festival, a diverse gathering of food vendors, artists, musicians, and more. The cuisine is prepared with love, ranging from classics like fish and chips to simpler dishes such as seared tuna and shark bites.

Parking is free and patrons can also enjoy free trolley or water taxi rides to the event. There is a small admission charge and many vendors use cash, so prepare accordingly!

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Everglades Seafood Festival: February 9-11, 2018

Head into deep Florida territory at the Everglades Seafood Festival, situated just minutes away from one of the most unique national parks in the U.S. This annual festival takes place for three days over the weekend, with different bands performing country music each and every day.

While arts, crafts, and kid-friendly activities abound, the highlight of the event is the food. Regional influences play a big part in the offerings, with Cajun and Jamaican cuisines being the most prominent. Dive into traditional jambalaya with mahi-mahi, shrimp, and gator, or take a handheld approach with a Jamaican wrap featuring chicken, shrimp, and seasoned rice. There’s no entry charge, so you only need to bring what you plan to spend on food and items from local vendors.

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Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: February 24-25, 2018

Searching for a seafood festival near white-sand beaches? At the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, you’ll find it! This annual event is approaching its twelfth year and promises two days of delectable dishes and live music at Coachman Park.

Vendors and exhibitors from western and central Florida will be in full array, offering not only freshly-caught seafood and local produce, but a variety of art pieces, clothing, home decorations, and more. The musical artists are just as big of a deal, with well-known artists like ZZ Ward and Kenny Wayne Shepherd in attendance. General admission to the festival is free, but you can also purchase reserved seats for the concerts if you choose. Don’t miss out on this classic Clearwater event!

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Marathon Seafood Festival: March 10-11, 2018

Prime fishing can be found in the Florida Keys, where over 20,000 visitors head to the islands to attend the Marathon Seafood Festival. Fresh offerings are in abundance, ranging from buttery lobster tail to fresh saltwater shrimp to sweet stone crab and more. A variety of beverages will be available, and over 200 vendors will sell wares like clothing, jewelry, and fishing equipment. Take a day, relax, and enjoy fresh seafood, local creations, and great live music from artists like Tito Puente Jr.!

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Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival: March 24-26, 2018

Situated southwest of Naples, Marco Island is home to its own Seafood and Music Festival that has become the largest annual event in the community. Over three days at Veterans Community Park, visitors can indulge in delicious shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, alligator, and much more at this seafood extravaganza. Alongside the food establishments, dozens of vendors set up booths boasting wares such as hand-made knives, colorful clothing, and jewelry made from unique elements.

Live entertainment takes place every day at the festival, and the event is kid-friendly. Bring along the youngsters to enjoy inflatable slides, face painting, and rock climbing. There’s plenty of parking and admission is free for kids, so don’t miss this exceptional Florida event!

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Now that you know where the action is, it’s time to start planning your trip! If you’re already settled in Florida, then this may involve nothing more than finding directions and snagging a ticket. But if you’re not in the area, be sure to book a site at a Sun RV resort near your favorite Florida destination!


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