This weekend is one of the biggest events in Marathon's yearly schedule - the Original Marathon Seafood Festival. The two day event was started 34 years ago to showcase the local fishermen and their catch. It has grown to an enormous celebration of all things nautical.
There is a boat show and nautical flea market, as well as arts & crafts from various vendors, many of them local. The Seafood Festival is a very family-friendly event. There are activities for the kids, including a rock-climbing wall, and well-behaved pets are welcome also. The almost constant entertainment features many favorite local bands.
And the food!! The list is long and very enticing. Choose from Florida lobster, stone crab, grouper, snapper, pink shrimp, dolphin (no, not Flipper), fresh oysters, clams and special smoked fish. If you are really lucky, maybe even golden crab, a sweet, mild-flavored crustacean which, when dipped in a lemon juice & better mixture, is manna from heaven. What would any festival in the Keys be without the infamous conch? Conch fritters, conch salad and creamy conch chowder are also available. Choosing between all of these is always difficult. What the heck! Have some of each! Beer & soda are available to wash it all down with. To finish it off, decadent Key Lime Pie, cakes and ice treats. For those who like events but don’t care for seafood, hamburgers and hot dogs will also be made available.
The Marathon Seafood Festival takes place Saturday & Sunday, March 13 & 14, 2010 at the Marathon Community Park, Mile Marker 49. Take US1 north from Key West or south from Miami. Either way, you can’t miss it. The hours are from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday and 11am to 5 pm on Sunday. Entrance to the Festival is reduced this year to $5.00 for adults, with children under 12 years old free with a paying adult. Parking and shuttles are available.