During the first weekend in March, make your way down to St. Augustine for the 35th Annual Seafood Festival taking place at Francis Field on Castillo Drive! There will be a delicious assortment of fresh food that is sure to satisfy your hunger. More than 17 vendors from Florida (and 1 from Georgia) will be whipping up a delicious assortment of crab, shrimp, gyros, pizza and Asian cuisines and much more.
While attendees take a break from divulging in a lobster roll or some shrimp and chicken gumbo, world famous chowder and fried oysters, they can sit back and enjoy live music. The festival will include three different stages- The Main Stage, Pirate Village and Spanish Landing. Some artists you will see at the festival include Rolling Stone Best Newcomer, The Christian Lopez Band, Katherine Archer, The Florida State Bluegrass Band and The House Cats. There will also be other acts taking the stage including the Mayhem Magic Show and the Blue Lotus Dancers who are known for their belly dancing.
While listening to live music and other entertainment, attendees will also be able to stroll through the Arts and Crafts Village where more than 100 artists showcase their latest work. Handcrafted items that will be available include home décor, Bath and Beauty Products, Artisan Foods, Pottery, Jewelry, Photos and Paintings.
The great news about this festival is there are activities suitable for all ages! Parents/ Grandparents can bring the kids, where they can enjoy meeting characters like the Minions, The Little Mermaid , The Princess and the Frog, Iron Man and Spiderman. There will also be face painting throughout the day, as well as rides (Try the Human Hamster Waterball ride). There is an entire area dedicated solely to kids so make sure you let them play in the Kidz Zone, with many free activities, as well as some that do charge an additional fee.
While the festival is sponsored by Winn Dixie, it is very important to note that all proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the St. Augustine Lions Club Charities. The Lions have served local and global communities with integrity and energy. Their hands on service have helped strengthen communities around us. You can make a difference by just attending the festival and helping the Lions Club continue to make a change.
The Lions Seafood Festival is a great event especially for philanthropic seafood lovers and with the weather in the mid 60’s it’s the perfect time to venture down to St. Augustine, Florida. If you can’t make it this year, plan trip for next year’s festival and stay at The Fountains Motorcoach Resort of St. Augustine!