The Florida Seafood Festival is a two day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola’s Battery Park. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, Musical Entertainment. Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Photo Contest, Parade, 5k Redfish Run, The Blessing of the Fleet, History of the Festival Exhibit and Tonging For Treasure.
Maritime Exhibit Area
The Florida Seafood Festival has completely reworked the existing Maritime Events. To the new Maritime Exhibits Area and moved it to near the small stage and Large chair. This year the Festival has invited Marine labs and Exhibits that are hands on and educational for all ages. Learn about the ecosystem that makes Apalachicola bay so special. Also Meet local wildlife up close. Learn about how the Hardworking Fisherman of this community earn their living by demonstrations and educational exhibits. Certainly fun for the entire Family.
Arts and Crafts Exhibits
The Festival has up as many as 90 arts and crafts booth that attend each year with everything having to be hand made in someway. The booths take up the largest portion of the park as the booths are lined up in the beautiful Battery Park.
Fresh Florida Seafood
The Food Row area of the Festival is something of a seafood lovers paradise from Fresh Oysters on the Half shell to Smoked Mullet and Everything in between if it is caught in our local waters you can find it here. All the seafood is sold by local Not for Profit groups to benefit their organization they include churches, schools and civic organizations. Caught Fresh, Served Fresh. The Festival has also other non seafood items on food row to satisfy any Festival goers appetite.
The south end of the Festival grounds is the location of the Large Carnival with many different types of rides and games to keep you busy for hours. Each year the carnival provider has brought more and more rides and games for the community to enjoy.
The Festival has many musical acts throughout the two day event.