Insider: Shrimp Festival

    Isle of Eight Flags Festival Celebrates Wild-Caught FL Shrimp

    By Rachelle Lucas

    Remember that scene in Forrest Gump when Forrest's friend Bubba starts reciting dozens of ways to prepare shrimp? "Like I was sayin'," he says, "shrimp is the fruit of the sea." Get people talking about the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, and you'll think you stepped right into the movie. And they're not talking about the flavorless, frozen, farm-raised variety you probably know best. If you think you love shrimp, just wait until you taste them pulled fresh from the sea and cooked up the same day at the place where Florida's shrimping industry was born.