Ask A Seafood Specialist About “Reel Variety” at Florida’s Largest Supermarket Chain (Recipe Included!)

“Florida Food” is all about seafood.  And  sources of fresh, healthy seafood can be found throughout our Natural North Florida region.  In small coastal towns like Steinhatchee (Kathi’s Krabs), Cedar Key (Robinson‘s), Cross City (Rick’s)  there are some great seafood stores.  And in Gainesville, you can’t do much better than Northwest Seafood‘s two locations–one in …

2019 Florida Big Bend Bay Scallop Harvest Season Announced and Scallopers Are Optimistic!

Florida has one of the few recreational scallop harvests in the US, and it’s all centered around Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While the scallop region extends from Gulf County (in the panhandle) to the Anclote Key lighthouse (off Tarpon Springs), the epicenter of the harvest is in Dixie and Taylor counties, west of Gainesville. …

Cedar Key, Workout On Waterfront Run/Paddle, Saturday March 16, 2019

Come visit Cedar Key for the day and participate in the 3rd Annual Workout on Waterfront festivities.  Sponsored by the City of Cedar Key, the event aims to inform visitors about Cedar Key’s goal to become one of the cleanest and most-visitor friendly waterfronts in Florida. Events include the BowWoW run/walk with your leashed pooch, …

50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Drag Races, Gainesville, March 14-17, 2019

One of the highlights of the year for the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) is Gatornationals.  This year, the event will be held March 14-17 at the Gainesville Raceway, on N. County Road 225, just north of Gainesville.  Race enthusiasts from all over the US gather in Gainesville, located in North Central Florida.  Gainesville is …

Your Florida State Parks Annual Pass–Cheaper Than a Gym Membership!

Florida’s State Parks are some of the best in the country, and our Natural North Florida region boasts some of the finest.  This year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the State Parks have begun a new initiative “Get Florida Park Fit”.  While there are several ways to take advantage of the Park …

Float The Santa Fe River, Then Enjoy Music at Rum 138 Outfitters, March 2, 2019, In Fort White, FL

  Doug Jipson and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson’s Rum138 Outfitters has become a gathering spot for paddlers and music lovers in southern Columbia County.  Located on CR138 (off US27, west of High Springs) at the corner of Rum Island Road, the building houses a thriving canoe and kayak rental/livery as well as some spectacular art. Out back, …

Third Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion–American Music Festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, March 21-24, 2019

Our Natural North Florida region is well known for some great music festivals and events.  After all, Gainesville “raised” Stephen Stills, Tom Petty, Bo Diddley and others.  But at the northern end of the region, at one of the largest venues, some great “American music” can be heard at several events held at Spirit of …

17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival in Perry, FL April 4-6, 2019 Don’t Miss It!

Join music lovers from all ’round the southeast April 4-6 in Perry, Fl for the 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off.  The event will be held at the Forest Capital State Park, just south of town.  Sponsored by the Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Board, the event has something …

Discover UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station—Discovery Days at Cedar Key, FL–2019 Schedule of Events

If you’re headed to Florida’s Big Bend, don’t miss an opportunity to head down SR24 from Gainesville, through Otter Creek, and visit Cedar Key, in Levy County.  At the end of the road, you’ll see the new, 3-story, headquarters of the Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS).   As a research arm of the University of …

Winter Fishing’s Best Bet–Spotted Seatrout on Florida’s Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

I’m no expert on spotted seatrout biology or mortality, but for some reason the Big Bend saw a decided decline in that fishery this past year. At first, trout were scarce from Tampa Bay to Apalachicola, and then they started to bite. However, anglers catching a hundred a day only caught three or four keepers. …