Do you love shrimp? If your mouth starts watering when you hear Forrest Gump's friend Bubba list the gazillion or so ways there are to prepare this succulent crustacean, then have I got a festival for you!
The 50th Annual Isle Of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival takes place this May on Amelia Island with over 25 food booths offering delectable shrimp prepared in countless ways. From broiled with butter to classic shrimp and grits, you can indulge in tasting shrimp all weekend long.
How can one small crustacean cause such a sensation?
Amelia Island is home to the historic fishing village of Fernandina Beach, birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. What started as a friendly shrimp boat race between local captains in 1964 has evolved into a three-day celebration of all things shrimp.
Pair that with the area's pirate history, and you have one fun party. Amelia Island is the only city in the United States to have flown the flags of eight different nations, so in addition to food, there will also be a pirate parade and competition for "best pirate" and "best beard." For dessert, try your chances in the ice cream-eating contest and finish the day witnessing a fantastic fireworks display over the water.
The festival is three days long, so you're sure to get your fill of tasty shrimp and fun.
Here's the scoop to add to your calendar:
WHAT: 50th Annual Isle Of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
WHEN: May 3-5, 2013
WHERE: Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island
MORE INFO: ShrimpFestival.com