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Florida Seafood Festival 2023

Immerse yourself in a total seafood paradise

Dates: November 3–4, 2023

Florida Seafood Festival
Florida Seafood Festival

Each year in early November, Battery Park in the historic city of Apalachicola hosts an unforgettable Florida Seafood Festival. This old seafood event has all you've ever dreamt of: a thunderous parade, a vibrant carnival, an oyster eating contest, a country music concert, arts and crafts booths, and, of course, a world of fresh, locally harvested seafood.

The Florida Seafood Festival Parade usually takes place at 10 am on Saturday. The route lies along U.S. Highway 98 to the Apalachicola River. The popular family-friendly event with music bands, colorful floats, and groups from throughout the region is a great way to get to know historic Apalachicola.

Other festival highlights include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contests, a 5 K Run, Blue Crab Races, a photo contest, The Blessing of the Fleet, and more. During the oyster eating contest, for instance, you can observe how many oysters can be consumed during a 15-minute span and how Redfish runners make their way through the streets of the charming 165-year-old city.

Thousands of visitors swarm into the Florida Seafood Festival not only to experience the best seafood ever but to learn something about the unique ecosystem, to observe local wildlife a bit closer and, of course, to have fun.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin