Feb 6, 2009

Everglades Seafood Festival

Don’t forget – if you don’t have plans already – that this week is the Everglades Seafood Festival.

It's located on the eastern end of Collier County in what before 1960 was its county seat: Everglades City, Florida.

And if you are keeping track, it’s the 36th annual event.

By my count that makes the festival one year older than Big Cypress National Preserve, which just turned 35 in 2009.

How do you get there you may ask?

Head east from Naples on the Tamiami Trail.

There are lots of sites to see along the way:

Flow structures,

South Florida’s biggest trees,

Lots of open scenery.

At Carnestown you take a right on State Road 29 (at the giant Washingtonian palm trees) and head south to Everglades City.

If all you do is find a patch of shade to eat some stone crabs, you won’t be disappointed.

And remember: Be safe on the road.

Tamiami Trail on winter weekends is an assembly line of vehicles every size, shape, and speed you can imagine – out there chasing down their slice of American Pie.

Who could blame them?

There is so much to see … and eat!


George said...

Okay, you've made me hungry and given directions. I just wish I could get there before the festival ends!

Unknown said...

George, you can make it if you buy your plane tickets now. But don't wait!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh Bob----I wish George would buy those tickets RIGHT now... I'd love to attend that festival. I'm sure it's the best seafood in the world. Are you all going??? If you do, eat some good seafood for us..

Indrani said...

Ah! How I wish I could fly and be there now! The last shot is inspirational!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Sounds like it's going to be wonderful. Wish I could go.

Reader Wil said...

Good morning Robert! From the wet, rainy, cold, miserable Netherlands I see your warm and inviting photos. You miss snow, so do I. this rain is horrible for some one who has to cycle, if only 10 minutes.

SandyCarlson said...

I feel the warmth in these pictures. So lovely. I haven't been in Fla. since I was a child. Your images make me want to go back!

cedrorum said...

I wish principalities up here would have more of their festivals at this time of year. They typically have them in the oppressive heat of the late spring and summer.

Carver said...

That sounds like fun.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments.

If you can believe it, up in north Florida where continental clouds and cold mix into the winter sky, they have their seafood festivals in the late fall when blue sky and mild temperatures still prevail.

Down here in south Florida, we miss most of those winter clouds and cold, therefore February is a good time to hold the festival. After the cloudy days leading up to Groundhog Day, this weekend is brilliant blue sky, and warming up into the 70s during the day.

And I know just what you mean Cedrorum, our 4th of July and Swamp Buggy Parade are in the high heat and humidity of summer: it's a battle to stay hydrated let alone enjoy the festivities.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rob: Sounds like a great place to visit.

Unknown said...

Since I'm originally from Louisiana, hearing the words "seafood festival" only makes me want some crawish and jumbo!

Wish I could be there!

Deborah Godin said...

Gee, thanks a lot - get us all worked up and hungry and then leave us with a shot of those impossibly skinny trees! Not fair!!! ;-)

swampbuggy said...

Bob, I hope you don't mind if I add a little local perspective of the events you discussed. The seafood festival is in early Feb. because it is the height of the stone crab and mullet season.
The cold fronts, referred to as N'westers increase the stone crab harvest as well as get the mullet moving down the beaches.
The swamp buggy parade is in late Oct. It was the begining of hunting season. The men of Collier county would drive down the main street of Naples displaying their buggys before going out to hunt.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your insights, Swampbuggy. That makes a ton of sense what you say, and really fills in the picture nicely.

It's funny about the Swamp Buggy Parade: I just remember it being so hot when I was there, but you're right -- that was October. That just goes to show how "late" our summer heat runs into fall.

And great explanation on the interaction between the cold fronts and the local fisheries. That's very interesting and something I did not know.

Sometimes in south Florida our seasons don't match the holiday (Thanksgiving for example it's often downright warm). But as you point out, the seafood festival and swamp buggy parade are two examples of "local" holidays that are timed with "our" seasons perfectly.

Great points and thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

And about the trees Deborah, they are the Washingtonian palms I mention in the post. They are not native to south Florida, but they are a visual landmark of sorts for the Carnestown stretch of the Tamiami Trail. And yes, they are very tall and comically skinny. To me they look like something right out of a Dr. Seuss book.

Bradley Hsi said...

Hi, Robert, you are right, the kite is in the foreground. I used a 300 mm lens, it compressed the prospective for the sky, tower and kite. We went to Florida many years ago. Had a red snaper lunch at Key West, could not believe the size of the fish. We also loved the clams that we ate on the roadside stand. We shall visit Florida sometime again.

Antigonum Cajan said...

Would you have an opinion regarding
the sugar cane company and the plan to restore the Everglades in terms
of the cost and real, objective
benefits for the environment?

I do not know what to think from the
New York Times/Wall St Journal articles I have read.

Unknown said...

Thanks for you comments. And good question about the new land acquisition south of Lake Okeechobee.

Historically waters flowed south from the Lake into the Everglades, but in recent times it's been controlled by levees, canals, and water control structures. That means that theres not enough water flowing in the Glades, and too much water flowing out the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie estuaries.

The new lands offers a chance to lessen discharges to the estuaries on the east and west coasts, provide an release valve for Lake Okeechobee when water levels run too high, and also provide more surface water storage for releasing water into the Everglades.

But it's complicated for engineering, socio-political, and water quality reasons, that are still being explored and discussed.

angela said...

I'm sorry to have missed the seafood festival..sounds great. I do love that last photo. There's just something about palms against a blue sky that makes me want to go on holiday..

Leora said...

I scrolled down to this post, and I see you are doing horizontals! Of street signs! And ending with those tall, vertical pompom looking trees. I like the 60 speed limit photo the best, because of how the sign sets up the photo, and the rest pulls you in.