St. Augustine Lions Club Seafood Festival
When: Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5, 2017
Where: Francis Field, 29 West Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, Florida
Admission: $5 for adults, children under 15 are free.
Hours: Friday, 3 – 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
An all-American musical line-up once again lights up the stage the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival this weekend. From jazz to bluegrass, non-stop entertainment from Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m. features an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, acoustic, country and bluegrass.
This festival is a cooperative effort of nearly a dozen Lions Clubs, some as far away Jacksonville, who supply volunteers to participate and raise money for their club’s respective charities.
In addition to seafood, you’ll find 100 artisan booths in the Arts and Crafts show, a Kids Zone and Pirate Village.
And there’s a bonus for visitors to the nation’s oldest city, a re-enactment of Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine on Saturday. (This event is not related to the seafood festival.)
On the menu at St. Augustine’s Lions Club Seafood Festival
Much of the seafood is local, although that’s not necessarily a requirement. Food is purchased with tokens, which are refundable if you don’t use them all.
Here’s our seafood sampler:
David’s Seafood Shack — Calamari – Fried Fish – Fried Shrimp – Clam strips – Gator bites – Blackened Fish – Conch Fritters – Japanese Style Seafood – Bourbon Chicken – Fish Dip – Captains platter – Coconut Shrimp – Chick Tenders – Crab Cakes
Greek Flame — Grilled Octopus Pilaf – Lobster Nachos – Seafood Sampler – Blue Crab Burrito – Grilled Fish – Greek Food & Salad – Gyros
Marco’s Seafood Express– Chilled Old Bay Shrimp – Maine Lobster Roll – Seafood Quesadilla – Snow Crab – Low Country Boil – Cajun Po’Boys – Lobster Bisque – Minorcan Clam Chowder – Crab Soup – St. Augustine Style Fried Shrimp – Fried Oysters
Seafood Unlimited — Lobster Supreme – Seafood Medley – Captain’s Platter – Alligator Skewer
Crab Cakes – Colossal Shrimp Skewer – Soft Shell Crab – Grouper Platter – Snow Crab – Seafood Paella – Lobster Roll – Peel & Eat Shrimp – Crab Claws
Tony’s World Champion Chowder — White Chowder – Winner of multiple world championships
Nomi’s Island Grill — Grilled or Blackened Fish Tacos – Grilled or Blackened Fish Sandwiches – Grilled or Blackened Shrimp – Coconut shrimp – Coconut Fish – Soft Shell Crab – Fried Shrimp – Chick Tenders – Mango Salsa
Curbing Your Appetite Food Truck — Wild Alaskan Salmon – Crab Bisque – Fish & Chips – Clams Buerre Blanc – Crab Cakes – Salmon Poke – Smoked Fish Dip – Brie Bombs
Walker’s Seafood — Fried Lobster Tail – Conch – Fried Snapper – Jumbo Shrimp – Conch Balls – Fried Blue Crabs – Garlic Crabs – Soft Shell Crab – Conch Salad in Pineapple Bowl
Sea Daddy’s — Savannah Fried Shrimp – Crab Balls – Crab Cake Sliders – Fried Oysters – Fried Fish
Gina’s Taste and Tell — Conch Fritters – Conch Salad – Garlic Lobster Sticks – Garlic Shrimp – Fried Fish – Fried Shrimp – Garlic Crabs – Seafood Platter – Jerk Chicken
Real Cajun Cookin’ — Crawfish Jambalaya – Shrimp & Chicken Gumbo – Crawfish Cakes
Boudin Sausage – Red Beans & Rice – Alligator Picante
Prince Catering — Steamed Lobster – Stuffed Lobster Tail – Crab Cake – Fried Jumbo Shrimp – Creole Shrimp – Mahi Mahi -Cajun Grouper – Jambalaya – Fried Fish – Steamed Fish – Panned Seared Scallops – Shrimp Ceviche
Gypsy Island Fish Company — Lobster Bisque – Crab Mac N Cheese – Lobster Mac N Cheese – Fish Tacos — Crab Cake Sliders – Lobster Tacos – Shrimp Tacos – Shrimp N Grits
Desserts — Rita’s Italian Ice – Famous Hyppo Fruit Pops – Funnel Cake – Elephant Ears – Brownies – Apples with Caramel Sauce – Ice Cream – Floats – Shakes-Sundaes – Fried Candy Bars
Fried Oreos – Fried Twinkies – Shaved Ice – Malts – Chocolate Covered Bananas – Strawberry Short Cake – Awesome Fudge – Candied Nuts – Smoothies – Slushies – Cotton Candy – Key Lime Pie on a Stick
Drinks: Soda – Water – Beer – Wine – Tea – Floats – Grog – Fresh Lemonade
In addition to seafood, booths will serve pizza, BBQ pork, chicken and ribs, Italian sausage and peppers, hot dogs, corn dogs and similar festival fare.
For more information, visit www.lionsfestival.com
Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine
Searle and his privateers sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots held in the Spanish royal coffers at St. Augustine. Their vicious attack killed 60 and led to the construction of the Castillo de San Marcos.
Visitors to the park will witness a historic encampment of volunteers in period costumes, drills, demonstrations and a living history interpretation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The reenactment of the sacking of the town will commence at 4:30 p.m. beginning at the Plaza and ending in the redoubt near the City Gate.
The re-enactment is free, but admission to the park is $15 adults, $14 seniors, $9 children 6 – 12.
For more information, visit hfm.club/searles-buccaneers
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Find a campsite:
- Anastasia State Park (3 miles)
- St. Augustine Beach KOA (3 miles)
- Favor-Dykes State Park (16 miles)
- Bulow RV Resort (30 miles)
- Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area (34 miles)