Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp Creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... That's, that's about it. ~ Forrest Gump
Never have such small crustaceans caused such a big sensation.
The town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is where the modern, motorized shrimping industry was born. The village celebrates its tasty history annually with a Shrimp Festival. Originally, it was a simple affair, featuring a spring shrimp boat race, during which the shrimpers' wives served shrimp dishes.
But times have changed.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival still includes shrimp boats and fabulous food, but today it also includes a parade, a pirate invasion, music, entertainment, fine art, and more. And you can bet your cocktail sauce that this year, the 50th anniversary of the Festival– dubbed the ‘Year of the Golden Shrimp’ – is going to be even more spectacularly scrumptious than usual.
The Festival sizzles into town May 3 –5, 2013.
Bring on the butter!
Insider’s Tip: While on Amelia Island, sip up a little history and enjoy a mug of suds at the Palace Saloon, Florida's oldest continuously operating bar.