50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Amelia Island
The 50th Annual Shrimp Festival is May 3-5, 2013.
Celebrate “The Year of the Golden Shrimp” in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island as more than 25 food vendors prepare shrimp every way imaginable and over 300 fine artists and craftsmen showcase their talents in one of the nation’s largest juried art shows. And watch out for the Pirates who once ruled this northeast coastal destination. The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Amelia Island Shrimp Festival as a Top 20 event in the South. The three-day festival attracts more than 100,000 people to historic downtown Fernandina Beach.
Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in the United States. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was first held in 1964 to celebrate the traditional blessing of the shrimp fleet.
Folks are attracted to Fernandina’s Shrimp Festival for various reasons. Known as one of the top fine art shows in the southeast, artists and art lovers come to browse the works. Others come for the food – naturally shrimp cooked a variety of ways and other festival favorites. There’s also the Kid’s Fun Zone, a magnet for families, along with the festival ambiance of roaming pirates and other child-oriented activities. Plus, there’s the free live music concerts at the riverfront stage.
How to Experience Amelia Island Shrimp Festival
There are three phases of visiting the Shrimp Festival each year to experience everything. Here’s how seasoned Shrimp Fest celebrants approach this fun, festive weekend on Amelia Island:
Phases One — Experience the Shrimp Festival Parade
Phases Two — Prepare for Friday night fireworks
Phases Three – Make travel arrangement for the weekend festivities—browsing the wonderful art booths, the Kids Fun Zone, enjoying the live entertainment at the riverfront stage, and getting a bite to eat.
Fine Art & Crafts
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival offers a diverse array of fine arts and crafts artisans. You’ll find water color and oil paintings, photography, custom jewelry, pottery, wood, glass and copper sculptures, handcrafted vases and lots more. The local Island Art Association handles the fine arts and crafts, and screens potential participants. Realize this is a great show, featuring over 300 juried artists and craftsmen.
Ritual Street Parade
Shrimp Festival street parade is a ritual for locals, attending the Shrimp Fest parade in Fernandina Beach. The parade is a real glimpse of small-town Americana. Taken as a whole, one might compare the parade to a Norman Rockwell painting come to life (although a more contemporary one, with cell phones and more tattoos on the public). The parade is, indeed, a symbol of small-town community pride, with just about every organization in town participating with a float or group marching.
Savor Amelia Island Shrimp Festival
The food vendor booths offer a wide selection — fried seafood plates, low country boil, shrimp pie, Italian sausage, and lots of fair-type food, including sugar-powdered funnel cakes, and more. Remember you’re eating for a good cause, since all food booths are run by a local, Nassau County, Florida non-profit organization, so they are fundraising. There are no commercial food vendors. You can find shrimp cooked many ways — grilled shrimp, cajun shrimp, garlic shrimp, popcorn shrimp, shrimp salad, shrimp twisters, boiled shrimp, shrimp quesadillas, and more.
Organizers for the 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are pleased to announce that the artist of the official T-shirt Design is renowned ocean conservationist Guy Harvey. Dr. Harvey combines his love of the sea with a little whimsy through his depiction of a redfish approaching rare “golden shrimp” in front of a backdrop of the historic eight flags flown over Fernandina Beach, Florida.
To learn more about Isle of Eight Flags Amelia Island Shrimp Festival, visit: Shrimp Festival
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At the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, an Amelia Island resort and Amelia Island Boutique Hotel, you will experience a luxurious and relaxing beach vacation. Our wide, comfortable porches surround the Main House and offer an ideal spot to curl up with a favorite book and enjoy the ocean views, the Florida sun and a delicious glass of lemonade.
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