It’s All About Seafood….Florida’s Big Bend Shellfish Trail

Experience fresh, local seafood along Florida’s Big Bend Life on Florida’s Big Bend, especially in the coastal communities of Taylor, Dixie and Levy counties revolves around seafood, especially shellfish. Not only are oysters, clams, shrimp and crabs available at local eateries, they’re available at seafood retailers, often “fresh off the boat”. Certain species. like bay …

Trunk Or Treat–Halloween in Perry, Florida

“Trunk or Treating” is an excellent way to meet you neighbors and to get ready for All-Hallows Eve, on October 31. This year (2019), the city of Perry is planning an all-out festival in the downtown, featuring lots of vehicles, a costume contest and a carved pumpkin contest. Expect to see plenty of ghouls, movie …

Cedar Key 2019 Seafood Festival, October 19 & 20

Fall is here and in Natural North Florida, that means several things! One, it’s cooler and second, the annual Cedar Key Seafood Arts and Crafts Festival is getting ready to happen, October 19 and 20, 2019. In the early ’90s, there was doubt that the city of Cedar Key would survive the official banning of …

64th Annual Florida Forest Festival (and Free Fish Fry!), at Perry, FL October 26, 2019

Yes, that’s a helicopter in the background of this photo of the two-man lumberjack competition at the 2018 Florida Forest Festival in Perry. And there’s more! You can expect to see lots of really spectacular logging gear, military vehicles this year as well as eat some gret food. You’ll also be able to climb aboard …

Poker Anyone? Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, Monticello, Saturday, August 24th To Benefit Chamber Building Fund

What a great way to help the Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Building Fund than to spend an evening with players of all skill levels in a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament.  The Chamber’s building is an old wooden church and is always in need of work.  Recently, the wood floors were refinished and it’s a …

Don’t Miss Gainesville On Your Next Visit to Natural North Florida–It’s Where Nature and Culture Meet!

While Gainesville is our region’s largest city, it’s still relatively small compared to Florida’s “mega-cities” like Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater.  Gainesville’s size is largely due to its central location, its access to US Interstate 75 and to the fact that it’s home to the University of Florida, our “flagship” university.  Gainesville is the …

Don’t Miss Perry’s 2019 4th of July Celebration, Downtown–Music, Fun and Fireworks!

Don’t miss the 2019 July 4 celebration in downtown Perry.  Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Perry, there will be events for everyone.  Scheduled to begin at 6PM at Rosehead Park, in downtown Perry, there will be entertainment from Andy Pursell and Sarah Brittany, as well as a Kids’ Fun Zone …

Suwannee River Catfish Festival, Branford, FL, April 13, 2019

  Come one, come all!  To Branford’s annual Suwannee River Catfish Festival.  This year’s event will be held in Greenway Park, alongside the mighty Suwannee River, in downtown Branford on April 13th.  Branford is located on US27, at the river. The fun begins at 9AM and lasts throughout the day.  Expect to hear live music, …

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 …

“It’s All About Da Crab” at the 11th Annual Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, February 15-17, 2019

        I remember the very first Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival.  The community stuck it’s neck out, en masse, with a fishing tournament, a few food trucks, a chili cook-off, music and of course, fiddler crab races.  And it poured rain!  But in spite of the bad weather, the crowds magically appeared.  I …