Sheepshead–A Favorite Cool Weather Nearshore Fish Species on Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

Inshore and nearshore fishing along Florida’s Gulf Coast has as much to do with economics as it does with species. Of course, many inshore anglers long to be aboard a big sport fishing boat trolling the depths of the Gulf for fish of mammoth proportions. The reality, however, of a round trip that has fuel …

Mark Your Calendars for the 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off, 4/5-6, in Perry

The 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival is coming to Perry, in Taylor County, April 4-6, 2019. This is a “don’t miss” event, with three days of professional and amateur music, food, music workshops, arts and crafts–AND a CHILI Cook-Off!   Tickets are available for each day as separate purchases, and there’s a three-day pass, …

Downtown Christmas Open House and Parade–Perry, Florida–December 7, 2018

Leave it up to our friends in Taylor County to come up with a new “twist” on Christmas.  This year, in addition to a “Santa’s Little Helpers” parade, there will be a tribute to “Sheriff Taylor” at the “MayPerry Christmas” festivities.   Perry, the vibrant County Seat of Taylor County, is the perfect place to …

Great Southern Biscuit Company Opens New Location in High Springs, Florida

It’s often said that it takes a brave (and sometimes foolish) individual to open a new restaurant.  As a food writer for Florida Sportsman magazine, I sometimes receive invitations to try new restaurants, and on many occasions they’ve closed before I get there.  I’m happy to say that what follows may be a success story! …

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival, October 27, 2018–Great Things To Eat in Wakulla County

The annual St. Marks Stone Crab Festival is planned for October 27, 2018.  St. Marks is the southernmost town in Wakulla County, just a few miles south of Florida’s capital, Tallahassee.  St. Marks, and neighboring Panacea, have long been vibrant commercial fishing hubs, specializing in both crabs and fin fish. Here are a few words …

It’s Getting Cool–Expect FOOD and FUN at 2018/2019 Festivals in Natural North Florida

Fall and winter in Natural North Florida can be warm, but generally not as hot as in the summer months.  And cool days and nights mean that it’s “food festival time”, with several great events on the region’s calendars. Some events revolve around drink, like  the Big Bend Brewfest.  Others center on food, especially the …

Don’t Miss The Annual “Smokin’ in the Pines” BBQ and Music Festival, Perry, Florida, September 21 and 22, 2018

Smokin’ In The Pines BBQ Festival Sep 21 – Sep 22 · Smokin’ In The Pines BBQ Festival Forest Capital Park, Perry, Florida     Southern Rock & Country Music, featuring Andy Pursell, the Micheal Miller Band, Band of Brothers, Frayed Knot and much more. Craft vendors, BBQ tasting, sampling and People’s Choice. Competitions with …

Satchel’s Pizza–Gainesville’s Best Pizza, Salad, Music and Entertainment

As is the case with many college towns, Gainesville has many pizza joints.  Some are national and regional chains, but there are a few “independent operators” with a single location.  And, Satchel’s Pizza, at 1800 NW 23rd Avenue, on Gainesville’s East Side, is one of the best!  Not only does Satchel’s serve excellent pizza (don’t …

Cyclists! Ride Through Scenic Levy County, Florida On The 2018 Tour de Melon, June 2

Cyclists!  Amateur and “professional” riders will enjoy the 64th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival and get to ride on a variety of routes through Levy County (20, 40, 60 miles on Rails-to-Trails paved Trail and 50, 100 mile road routes).  This is a ride for the entire family! Here’s the “scoop”: Choose from either a Century Route or …