Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cedar Key Florida~ Seafood Festival October 2014

Cedar Key has always been one of my favorite places to visit. I can remember going with my Grandmother and Grandfather Knight when I was three years old; and the feeling of jubilation as I held her hand and jumped over the boards of the old dock. I loved looking through the cracks at the water below---hoping to get my feet wet just one time on a visit.

The old dock was really something and I am sorry a hurricane forced it demise too early eliminating more young children from meeting the fishermen and their boats; off the big round dock that seemed to reach to Cuba. I remember seeing a crab almost as big as I was---and I just wanted to touch it, but that did not happen as my Grandmother scooped me away in her arms.

The ambiance then and now when I visit are still great, but totally difference from years ago. The salt sticks to my hair and skin just walking on the beach, but I loved every second. I remember a fish market where we bought fish, but I do not remember at that young age of seeing a restaurant.

Surprisingly the years passed quickly and now we were twelve; all grown up and knew it all. My cousin Marti and I would visit when my Aunt Dora and Uncle Curlie took us for a day of fun in the sun. We loved Mullet, Shrimp, Scallops and Crabs. My aunt could cook anything and it would melt in your mouth. As I write this, I want to visit again soon.

Our family always went to the park and cooked on a little Coleman stove the best fish. I felt such a kindred spirit with the people who live in Cedar Key. I remember finding my first Sand Dollar at the end of the park road which was not much of a road then.

I found my treasured Sand Dollar on the other side of a tin building and I cannot recall what it was used for, but no one was there. This was before any commercial buildings were built. The only houses were homes that belonged to the people of Cedar Key. This was when the park had a diving board which I loved. My cousin and I would pretend to jump together off the board, but I knew she would not do it. I was the only one crazy enough to dive into the salty waters.

My cousin Marti and I walked in the cool salty water on the side of the tin building---we were about 12 then, and I screamed when I saw my beautiful Sand Dollar. I had it for many years and it was lost during moving---it took a piece of my heart with it.

And, I recall an elderly woman gave my cousin and me a cutting of one of her plants we were admiring on her little porch. Her home was half on the ground and half was sticking out in the water---it fascinated us. We looked for her home after a hurricane when we were teenagers and it was gone. That was sad because it was gone and we did not know her name.

We did visit the cemetery which had shells over every grave and left some wildflowers on graves with female names, hoping if she was there she would know we cared. This might sound silly to some, but we were savvy teenagers; therefore we thought we knew all the answers of life.

This was about the same time we wonder how we were born into families with parents who were not cool with us going out into a little boat with a girl who lived in Cedar Key and told us stories about what happened to people after dark who did not live there---she really scared the daylights out of us. 

We realized our parents were smarter that their children and was happy to leave before dark.
It has been years since I visited a Seafood Festival in Cedar Key because I am always it seems busy with life. And, my best advice to anyone is live while you are young because being an adult sometimes put a damper on fun.

Marti and I had more adventures with this Cedar Key girl named Rosa Lee. I can still see her rowing the boat as she spit her chewing tobacco. Our eyes never left her face---we were hooked with an unbelievable character. We felt like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, on an adventure of a lifetime.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Seafood Festivals Around Florida

The Florida Keyes Commercial Fisherman Association 9th Annual---January 18th and 19th is an event you will not want to miss next year in 2015. The ambiance of Florida will take you to another place in time---when this enjoyable life was the norm of our ancestors who first lived here. When the beauty of the salty waters beaconed to the inhabitants to take a dip in the cool morning liquid paradise, then lie in the sun to warm body and soul before a day of working by or in the sea began. What a life---I am happy I live in Florida.

Another one is Marathon Seafood Festival March 8th & 9th in Florida. People come from all corners of our nation to enjoy the seafood provided by Commercial Fisherman. This group works hard with their families to have a great event to be enjoyed all everyone.

Marathon Florida Seafood Festival

Now we will visit the Seafood Festival in Everglades, Florida with Bobby Brown in February 7, 8, and 9th. Look at all the delicious seafood and fun activities with the music to sooth any wild beast---that may be lurking around in the woods or waters of the glades.

Everglade City

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Deering Seafood Festival


Deering Seafood Festival Celebrated their 9th annual Festival on the Bay at the Deering Estates in Palmetto Bay.

This was carefree and a fun place to be on Mach 24, 2013 on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The proceeds benefit the historic estate for the Deering Estate Foundation to use for the preservation.


Visitors to the festival will enjoy Florida’s best seafood and fish will be prepared by the chefs of the local restaurants. There will be cooking demos by Palmetto Bay Chefs for the adults and live entertainment during the day by the bands Red Code and Caribbean Crew on the main stage. The colorful Junkanoo musical parade is very popular with all visitors as they playfully dance through the visitors.


Pontoon boat rides were available aboard the Pelican Skipper. It was a great fun for all who cruised on Biscayne Bay to Chicken Key. And always one of my favorites is the Artists Village features paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry by local artists---their crafts were breathtaking.

Another great event was the tours of the historic homes. What a wonderful time was had by all. And I want to mark my calendar for next year to call and get the details for a family fun day.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Port Salerno Seafood Festival is an annual event on January 29th in Martin County Florida.  Where it boasts about the 82 degrees this time of year in the beautiful Florida Sunshine. They expect 40,000 + people to attend the Seafood Festival.

This town was created in 1920 it was a small village in the southern part of St. Lucie River Inland, and was named Salerno which has been renamed Port Salerno. This is known for the Worlds Fishing Tournaments.

It is where people come to enjoy the beauty of the water and eat all the seafood they desire at the different restaurants on the waterfronts.

As you walk through the many booths of the festivals you will also find many booths that are concerned with maintaining their beauty of the land and water. Not only can one enjoy all the events but one can contribute to the community to keep the area in the best shape possible.

When we enjoy something it is our personal concern to keep it for the generations to come so they may enjoy it also.

However, please enjoy this video of the Port Salerno Seafood Festival last year and consider attending this year.

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