This weekend will mark the 32nd annual St. Augustine Lion’s Seafood Festival! Most who visit our quaint little village don’t realize that when the Spanish first founded the town, they tried to grow things like sugar cane and tobacco to help the town flourish. Neither did very well, but they realized that right along the coast of the city was a “goldmine” of food for the town. It is only fitting that we celebrate with three days of seafood, arts, crafts, music and fun for the whole family at the St. Francis Events field!
Be sure and get your tokens for food and drinks! Different vendors, different menus and a HUGE selection. Everything and anything to delight the seafood lover in you! Crab cakes, gatortail, fish tacos, too many different types of shrimp to list.
“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. There's, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... That's, that's about it.”
Gator skewers, Louisiana crab cakes, bayou pockets, blackened shrimp, calamari, conch fritters, lobster nachos, crab won tons, grilled shrimp marinara, oysters, seafood boil, BBQ chicken, Minorcan chowder. For those of you who do not include seafood on your list of tasty treats, fear not, as there will be quite the selection of non-fish oriented bites as well! I apologize for not posting this sooner so as to facilitate a pre-event fasting phase for you!
Shop till you drop or your credit card sparks fire! Artisans and craft vendors with be in full swing until the sun goes down!
Entertainment lineup to include Rotageezer, Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards, Stone Family Band, Kickin’ Grass, The Saltwater Cowgirls, and more!
Take your kiddos to the kid zone for rides, games, face painting and a lot of fun filled surprises along the way. Euroe Bungee, a rock wall, mechanical bull, slides, an obstacle course, a bumper boat ride, face painting, balloon art, kids drafts, and Sparky the Clown!
Part of admission and the tokens you purchase for food, drinks, and rides goes to St. Augustine Lions charity, this organization in conjunction with this event has raised anywhere from $60 - $80K to help with different charitable programs around town such as food banks and vision testing in grade schools. So, while you are out having fun, it is also for an amazing cause that helps benefit our little fishing village in many worthy ways!
Friday/Saturday/Sunday. $2 adult admission, children 12 and under free. Food prices vary. Francis Field at 25 Castillo Drive, next to the Parking Garage, LionsFestival.com