Original Marathon Seafood Fest to Blend Food and Family Fun

Original Marathon Seafood Fest to Blend Food and Family Fun

The springtime Original Marathon Seafood
Festival, scheduled Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, is a taste
bud–tempting way to spend a weekend with the family in the Middle
Keys. Be sure to bring a bib.

In its 40th year, the affordable foodie fair is staged at the outdoor
Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Festival hours are
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is
$5 per adult with children age 12 and under admitted free when
accompanied by a paying adult.

Seafood lovers line up for generous plates during the “fisherman to
fork” feast as local chefs showcase their talents using Keys-based
recipes. Choose from favorite indigenous offerings like mahi-mahi, Key
West pink shrimp, spiny lobster, stone crab claws, crackers piled high
with smoked fish dip and much more.

Conch Fritter is served up as ceviche, chowder, crammed into golden-fried
fritters or as bun-hugging “konkwurst” sausage.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages with sides of baked beans, coleslaw,
hush puppies and French fries also are on the menu in addition to Key
lime pies, baked goods and cakes, cool smoothies and icy treats.

Original Marathon Seafood Fest to Blend Food and Family Fun
Florida Keys News Bureau

Local commercial fishermen and markets catch, clean and cook the
seafood served, and prepare bushels of oysters and bags of clams from
the west coast of Florida. Fishermen and their wives participate
alongside scores of community volunteers.

Live music performances are slated all weekend in genres ranging from
reggae and calypso to trop rock, country, folk and groove. Popular
Keys entertainers include The Regs, I-Land Vibe, and the anticipated
return of South Florida’s country music favorite Amber Leigh.

Other attractions at the family-friendly event include a Keys artists’
village and art show, children’s games, prizes and a raffle that
features a fully stocked cooler of fresh Keys seafood awarded to the
lucky winner.

More than 200 booths are to dot the park with a variety of nautical
items, tropical apparel and accessories, plants, flowers, boats,
watersports opportunities and information from Keys organizations.

To date festival proceeds have contributed to nearly $80,000 in
scholarships for Marathon High School students through the Marathon
chapter of the Organized Fishermen of Florida, a statewide group that
represents the interests and well being of the commercial fishing

Co-sponsored by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, the event
also helps fund chamber members’ continuing education opportunities.

Event information: www.marathonseafoodfestival.com