With all the festivities going on over on Sanibel Island this weekend, we thought we’d take a different direction this month. So, the March Installment of the Quadruple F Tour brought us to Fort Myers Beach for the 56th Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. At seventy-two degrees and sunny with a nice breeze, I don’t believe you could have picked a more perfect day to attend.
Just a few short years ago, the Queen and I attended and noticed a smattering of booths and a small number of food vendors. However, this time around it was jam packed with all sorts of arts and crafts, trinkets, beachy-themed collectibles and what else?
You know, we have nine more months of this festival thing and by December, it’ll only be by the grace of God that the Queen isn’t pushing me in a wheelbarrow due to the sheer mass of all the meat on a stick I’ll have consumed throughout the year.
But as of today, I’m a dashing and svelte buck eighty-five, so let the face feeding continue.
So it IS a Shrimp Festival, and therefore it’s all about the shrimp.
See, the thing about shrimp is, You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There are shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burgers, shrimp sandwiches.
Well, you get the picture.
The shrimp was over flowing. The hot spot was the line to the Lion’s Club of Fort Myers dinner….
HOT SHRIMP COMIN’ TROO! HOT SHRIMP!
which as you can see below, stretched a LOOOOONG way.
So what did we get?
Well, we got the Grouper, of course.
Now honestly before you bust out laughing, we tried to get shrimp. They were just out at the booth we chose. So rather than jumping back in at the end of some massive line, we opted for the Grouper Sandwich, which was amazing and as big as your head.
Yes, there was meat on a stick there, but I passed on it this time. (I know, what’s wrong with me?)
Now let me make a recommendation to the Town of Fort Myers Beach at this point. They put on an awesome event.
But I think this year is the year they have finally outgrown the area they’re using.
So many people and so few places to sit and eat that people were finding whatever flat surface was nearby.
Recommendation? Extend this thing to the beach itself. Put a big ol’ tent out there in the sand and let folks enjoy eating near the water. It would make a huge difference!
Speaking of water….we made our way near it and captured a great drum line team called Marcato, performing on the beach. Click on the pic below to see the video (and subscribe to our page) of this great team of drummers.
Special thanks to James Royce over at the Island Sand Paper for putting the video on their front page.
As we moved into the pier, we got an even bigger treat – a small pod of dolphins (with two babies) chasing fish, eerily close to shore. Tourists were waist deep and the dolphins were within an arm’s reach (click on the picture to see the video). We originally thought there were three, when in fact it was more like six.
Another beautiful South Florida day and a wonderful festival experience. If you get the chance to stop by Fort Myers Beach in the early evening, do it. It really is a fantastic spot to eat dinner, walk and explore the shops.
Queenie saw a Pirate Ship.
HOT WIFE COMIN’ TROO!
I saw a bunch of muscle cars.
And it appears the Google Car took our picture.
Come on. What would YOU do if YOU saw the Google Car?