LETS RIDE AND ENJOY THE FESTIVAL THEN TO HAVANA CAFE FOR LUNCH..
Seafood lovers mark their calendars for the annual
Everglades Seafood Festival, scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 7, 8 and 9,
2014, in Everglades City, gateway to the
Ten Thousand Islands.
This free event packs ‘em in for fresh seafood, country
music, carnival rides, crafts booths — with an estimated 50,000 people expected
to attend to pack this small town (population 500) the three-day event.
Everglades City, Florida’s “stone crab capital,” is an
off-the-beaten-track pocket of Old Florida with many original buildings and a
rich history steeped in the lore of pirates and smugglers, murder and mayhem,
and some of the best fishing and freshest seafood anywhere in the state of
The old-fashioned neo-classical City Hall once served as
Collier County’s main courthouse until the county’s population shifted north to
nouveau Naples, 40 miles away. Everglades City, settled in the 1880s, has
retained its small-town charm, if not it’s legendary character and characters.
The town’s first Seafood Festival was held in 1970 to raise
money for playground equipment, and that charitable tradition is still alive
and well with proceeds from the festival going to local causes and college
scholarships for local students.