57th Annual Florida Seafood Festival
November 5 & 6, 2021
The Volunteer Board of Directors of the Florida Seafood Festival would like to thank everyone who has inquired about the 2020 Festival. Sadly, we are writing this letter to let everyone know that the 57th Florida Seafood Festival has been postponed until November 5th & 6th 2021.
This decision was an equally hard and easy decision to make. We are ten volunteers. No one can say they love the Florida Seafood Festival more than we do. Most of us have been on the board for many years donating our time to make the Florida Seafood Festival the best it can be. We do it for the love we have of this community and the Festival. After we, and the community, fought so hard to hold the 2018 Florida Seafood Festival just 3 short weeks after Hurricane Michael we felt nothing could be harder, this decision was.
With the state of affairs of COVID-19, the safety of our Community and Patrons is, and always has been, priority number one. Currently, the state and CDC are recommending no large gatherings of over 10 people. There is a big gap between 10 people and 24,000 people. Also, we do not have the funds to put into place the safety measures some of the major theme parks have done to allow them to be open safely. Please understand if there was any way possible that we could have safely held this year’s festival we would be pushing forward with the determination we have always had.
We will start planning for next years Festival in the coming months to make it bigger and better. We know that this is not just a Festival to most of our patrons, it is a homecoming for Franklin County as well. The men and women who have served on this board over the past 57 years are some of the most dedicated volunteers in our community. Please, everyone understand the situation that we were faced with and are continuing to face. We say again this was a hard decision because of the love we have for the Festival and the community and an easy decision because of the love we have for the community.
We thank all of you who have visited our community every year for the past 56 years on the first weekend of November and we invite you to still visit our community in 2020 as the businesses and restaurants are open for your enjoyment.
We also would like to thank our sponsors for supporting us all these years. To all of our Non-profit groups, volunteers and vendors we thank you. This truly is a community event and it truly takes a village. We are so blessed to have such an amazing village like Franklin County. This isn’t goodbye, this is “See ya next year”, so we want to invite everyone to the 57th Florida Seafood Festival on November 5th and 6th 2021.
The All-Volunteer Board of Directors
Florida Seafood Festival
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.