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Why You Need to Go to the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival

03 Aug 2017 11:52 AM

St. George Island is a paradise unlike any other. Its pristine white sands compliment is rich beach culture highlighted by seafood, fun, and festivals. On the mainland, the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival takes place every November. Dubbed Florida’s oldest maritime event, the state’s Seafood Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. Held from Friday to Saturday, the festival includes highly competitive oyster eating and oyster shucking competitions, a carnival, a 5K run, fireworks, the blessing of the fleet, a parade, musical entertainment, and plenty of delicious food. There’s something every member of the family will enjoy, no matter what age!

If you’re planning on renting a St. George Island property for a vacation you will never forget, you should take a look at our Things to Do page. It gives all the best recommendations for things to do on and around the island! You should also check out our Area Events page so you never miss an awesome festival like the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival.

Eat Your Heart Out at the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival

What would the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival be without seafood? This festival is a seafood lover’s paradise. The bay of Apalachicola produces more than 90% of the state’s oysters, so the thousands of festival-goers make sure to celebrate this fact with watching or participating in oyster eating and oyster shucking contests. If you visit this festival, you won’t go hungry. Attendees can enjoy all sorts of seafood from fresh oysters to smoked mullet. If it is local to Apalachicola, you will find it at the festival! If you aren’t a seafood fan, don’t worry. There are more than enough choices of non-seafood items to satisfy any hungry visitor.

Entertainment for All Ages

At the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival, there is enough entertainment to keep visitors of all ages occupied for hours. Sit back and relax as you listen to the different musical acts throughout the weekend. The biggest star, usually a country artist, always performs Saturday night. Then, tap into your thrill-seeking side and take the kids on some carnival rides! There are so many different types of rides and games that the kids will never want to leave. You also have to make sure to walk through the Maritime Exhibit Area where you will experience hands on and educational exhibits as well as meet wildlife and watch demonstrations! Here, you can learn what the fair is really about.

Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival Events

The weekend of the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival is sprinkled with events. One of the most popular is the Festival Parade on Saturday morning. The parade is always a favorite of the kids and a great way to start off the day! The Blessing of the Fleet is also popular. It’s fun to see the parade of passing fishing, shrimping, oystering, and recreational vessels being blessed as they pass by. There are also some competitive events. If you are interested in challenging yourself, then the Redfish Run is for you! Race through the streets of the city before you attend the fair. Or, you can participate in the Blue Crab Races and see if your chosen crab will reach the finish line first!

Bring Home Some Memorabilia

When you take a trip, you want to remember it. One of the best ways to do so is to bring something home to remember it by! The Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival hosts as many as 90 arts and crafts booths every year. Local artisans and crafters feature their handmade goods for purchase. There are so many booths that they take up a majority of the fair space! Imagine going back to the charming Florida coast every time you look at your uniquely crafted piece on display.

After Your Day at the Festival, Retreat to Your Collins Vacation Rental

Enjoy your seafood and fun-filled day at the Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival, then go back and relax at your beautiful Collins Vacation Rental. Choose a beachfront rental to continue your sea-inspired vacation. From beachfront homes, quaint cottages, and luxurious villas, you are sure to find your ideal St. George Island rental property. Plan your getaway to paradise today!

Ann Marie