Everglades Seafood Festival

Everglades Seafood Festival, Florida

Stone Crab and Seafood

Everglades City was a boomtown during construction of the Tamiami Trail highway at the turn of the century. In later years, residents turned to hunting and fishing to support their families. Hunting restrictions came with the establishment of Everglades National Park in 1947, and with the passage of a ban on gill net fishing in 1994 in Florida, many mullet fishermen turned their attention to stone crabbing or tourism related endeavors.

Today Everglades City is known as the Stone Crab Capital of the World. Close to half a million pounds of stone crab claws are processed each season between October and May in Everglades City for shipment to other areas, for use in local seafood restaurants and for the annual Everglades City Seafood Festival, held every year during the first weekend in February.

Lunch and dinner are great reasons to visit Everglades City, with a number of popular seafood restaurants in town. Private pilots even fly in to Everglades Airpark, the town’s general aviation airport, to buy stone crab claws “to go” or to enjoy lunch at an area waterfront restaurant.

Everglades Seafood Festival, Florida