2014 Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Posted by Scott Meadows on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 12:25pm.

 

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The annual Lions' Club Shrimp Festival 2014 kicked off in Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, March 8th, and was one of the best Shrimp Festivals Florida has ever seen. The 2014 Shrimp Festival started at 10:00 am with a two-mile long parade that marched down the center of Fort Myers Beach's own Estero Boulevard. The parade went from from Fort Myers Beach elementary school to Lynn Hall Park.

Shrimp Festival Parade 2014 Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Beach Florida Shrimp Festival, Beached Whale Fort Myers BeachAnd then, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., patrons of the festival enjoyed the famous Lion's Club shrimp dinners, each made from shrimp caught locally by Fort Myers Beach shrimp fisherman. Patrons were able to enjoy many other local artisan booths featuring arts, crafts and other fine local cuisine. This year, there was over 100 different vendors selling their wares along the beach at the Shrimp Festival.

The festivities continued on Sunday, March 9th, with more food and fun than ever before. Vendors were open, selling their wares from 10:00am to 5:00 with the Lion's Club continuing to sell shrimp dinners until 5:00 pm that evening.

The first time my family and I attended the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, we had no idea what to expect, but I can say that we've never had more fun. People from all over the world attended this event. There were street performers in performing in Time Square located in the heart of Fort Myers Beach, local merchants showing off their merchandise and every type of shrimp you could imagine.

Shrimp Festival Parade Fort Myers Beach 2014, Estero BLvd Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival 2014The famous Lion's Club shrimp dinners consisted of a half pound of steaming pink shrimp prepared with the Lion's Club proprietary sauce and cole slaw. This year, they expected to serve more than a thousand pounds of shrimp, locally caught by experienced shrimp boat crews all based in Fort Myers Beach, Fl. Each dinner was $10 and all of the proceeds went to the Lions Club, where they will distribute the money to various local causes.

Fort Myers Beach, FL is home to one of the largest shrimp fishing fleets along the Gulf Coast. Each year, members of the shrimp fishing industry in the Estero Island community along with other local businesses get together to celebrate this time honored tradition with plenty of food and fun. The Lion's Club Shrimp Festival has been a success for the last 55 years. The tradition honors an important industry on both San Carlos Island and Fort Myers Beach: the shrimping industry. "It is our way of paying tribute to the men and woman that shrimp and to the industry that has held fast here through thick and thin," said President of the Lion's Club, Darby Doerzbacher.

Time Square street performer shrimp Festival 2014Whether you are a Fort Myers Beach local or are simply looking for a fun and unique family vacation idea, consider enjoying this year's Lion's Club Shrimp Festival. There are plenty of quality accommodations available and the rates are still low. If you aren't able to make it out this year, consider booking your stay in advance for next year's Shrimp Festival. Either way, there is no better way to spend a beautiful spring weekend than enjoying fresh shrimp in Fort Myers Beach.
See you at the Shrimp Festival!

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