Give Your Sweetheart Crabs for Valentine’s Day

Shopping for Valentine’s day at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be easy on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Both markets are in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and offer a plethora of booths containing home-made and hand-crafted, artisan foods, locally grown seasonal produce, and arts and crafts. Several vendors will be running amazing specials on gift and dinner ideas for you to share with your sweetheart.

Sugar Flour Pastries has rebranded their delicious ice cream sandwiches as Epic Creamery. For Valentine’s Day they will be offering some of their epic flavors in a decorative sampler box. Their Local Expresso ice cream recently won Best Tasting at Desserts of Amelia. Be sure to tune in to WJXT February 12th for their cooking demonstration with Nikki Kimbleton on WJXT at 9:00 a.m. where they will show you how to glam up a brownie for your sweetie with Chantilly Lait, a mousse-like, chocolate whipped cream. Other holiday delights include Valentine sugar cookies decorated in red and white frosting by Great Harvest Bread Company, and JD Beef will be offering a sale on their ribeye steaks from cows who have never received antibiotics, never received growth promotants, and never received animal by-products.

More special Valentine’s ideas are serving your loved ones king crab legs, king salmon, or scallops for dinner from Upstream Seafood. Topsy Toffee is making a seasonal dried strawberry and white chocolate flavor, and Scents Amelia has adorable, unique soy candles. Consider buying your heartthrob a lovely orchid from Jaxma, honey for your Honey, or perhaps African Love Kitchen’s cheesecake or apple sambusa. Chesser’s Seafood always sell out of their delicious wild caught shrimp and now they are bringing fresh fish. This week they will have flounder, sheepshead, whiting, and b-line snapper. For special orders or to reserve your shrimp or fish, please call Debbie or Eddie at (905) 509-3337.

Also open on February 10th is the Arts Market; this is home to nearly 20 vendors who hand make their fine jewelry, apparel, paintings, stained glass, wind chimes, wood working, furniture and more. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you’ll find the markets located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Street. This week’s music will be performed by Lyle Rickards. Lyle has been playing the fiddle and the dulcimer for over 25 years and has traveled across the country. Making music his life, he is on the road and Amelia Island is where he has chosen to soak up some sun, music and campfires. To answer your sensitive questions, our Booth with a Cause will be Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

Both markets are open rain or shine, and your well behaved, leashed pets are always welcomed.

Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant 2018

If you know a high school junior or senior residing in Nassau County, Florida, who is interested in participating in the 55th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, now is the time to enter. Sponsored by The Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, pageant contestants will be judged on poise, personality, appearance, and interview responses. Miss Shrimp Festival 2018 will win a $1,000.00 scholarship, and participants are expected to attend several events before and after the pageant.

Prior to the Shrimp Festival, mandatory rehearsals will be held at Bean School of Dance, 25 N. Third Street, in Fernandina Beach. The first rehearsal and organizational meeting will be held on Sunday, March 25th, at 3:00 p.m., and remaining rehearsals will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., every Sunday in March and April. Contestants will be coached on stage presence, learn a choreographed dance routine, and practice answering interview questions.

A dinner and judge’s interviews will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, at The Hampton Inn & Suites. Those entering the pageant must participate in the Shrimp Festival’s Pirate Parade on May 3rd, and the pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4th, after the festival’s opening ceremonies. Miss Shrimp Festival 2018 is required to be available during the remainder of the Shrimp Festival weekend to participate in other activities such as judging a variety of contests including the Best Beard Contest, The Best Dressed Adult Pirate Costume Contest, the Little Pirate contests, and the Blessing of the Fleet. Other requirements include participating in the 2019 Pirate Parade and the 2019 Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant to help crown next year’s winner. Additionally, there will be opportunities all year for Miss Shrimp Festival to participate in other parades and events during her reign.

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Haney, pageant director, at (912)674-3316, or Pageant Choreographer Kristen Conner at (904)753-2488. For contestant applications and additional information, please visit ShrimpFestival.com. The Deadline to enter the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant is March 25, 2018.

Fernandina Beach, Florida, is known as the Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is four festivals in one: a music festival, a kid’s festival, a fine arts festival, and a seafood festival featuring shrimp, of course. The Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the Top 25 of North America’s best events and over 130,000 visitors attend the three-day event. The festival kicks-off with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, and continues through Sunday, May 6th. For more information visit ShrimpFestival.com.

Deadline Approaching to Exhibit in the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s fine arts show will stop accepting applications on January 31, 2018. Sponsored in part by the Island Art Association, Inc., the Shrimp Festival hosts an annually juried show that is consistently rated by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the best events in North America. The street festival, always held the first weekend in May, features fine art and crafts, antiques, a kid’s zone, a variety of food booths, live entertainment, contests, and other scheduled special events. This show, held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, provides an excellent atmosphere to exhibit and sell your work with an estimated 135,000 visitors expected to attend this free event over the weekend.

The Shrimp Festival will have over 400 booths of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, sponsors, food booths, and other vendors on display. Artistic disciplines include ceramics, jewelry, photography, metal works, woodworking, paintings and more. While the festival’s waterfront activities and Kid’s Fun Zone open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, the arts and craft booths will be open on Saturday, May 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Island Art Association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is exclusively philanthropic and educational. Its purpose is to develop and sustain an interest, appreciation, and enjoyment in and of the arts of Nassau County, Florida. Their gallery, located at 18 N. Second Street on Amelia Island, houses the works of more than 50 local artists, and their Education Center is utilized for classes, workshops, and scheduled events.

To apply as an artist for this amazing show, applications will only be accepted through Zapplication.org, a free, easy to use site for artists and crafters to apply to shows and festivals. For application and event information go to islandart.org/shrimp-festival.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, and continues through Sunday, May 6th. For more information visit ShrimpFestival.com.

Relay For Life Pub Crawl for a Cure in Historic Fernandina Beach

Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee teams are thrilled to wrap-up their 2017 season by announcing their 3rd Annual Pub Crawl For a Cure in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Pub Crawl For a Cure invites you to crimp your hair and find those leg warmers as we bring back the 1980s and crawl our way through seven of Amelia Island’s iconic restaurants, pubs, and saloons.

Fighting back against a disease that has taken too much, Relay For Life is an opportunity for communities to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost. Fund raising continues year ’round and culminates in the Annual Relay For Life Event where teams set up camp and take turns walking or running around a track or path to continue the fight against cancer. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Here is the 411 – The Pub Crawl For a Cure will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Crab Trap on North Second Street, with an after-party starting at 9:00 p.m. at the Palace Saloon. Other sponsors include the Green Turtle Tavern, Pablo’s, Pajama Dave’s, Amelia Tavern, and the Salty Pelican. Participating venues and team members will be selling coupon books for $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Souvenier T-shirts and prize drawing tickets will also be available.

Team members, sponsors, and attendees can take pride in knowing they are working to create a world where cancer no longer threatens our loved ones. So Come on Eileen, Mickey, Billie Jean and Jessie’s Girl, and join us as we raise money to Beat It, and take a Sledgehammer to cancer.

For more information please find our facebook event page at facebook.com/events/142075753086679/ or call Erica Watts (706) 380-1362.

All proceeds benefit Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Pasta Sale at the Farmers Market

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. This open air market is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and features nearly 40 tents of seasonal produce, fresh baked breads and pastries, and a wide variety of specialty foods and natural bath products.

Amelia Pasta, a long standing staple at the farmers market is holding a Pasta Blowout Sale – all in-stock flavors of penne, linguini, fettuccini, and orzo are on sale for only $5.00 per bag, no rainchecks.

Boatright Farm’s crops have rotated to fall harvests and they still have plenty of squash in addition to their turnip and mustard greens, as well as some nice heads of cabbage.

Camp Craft Cocktails is turning out to be one of our most popular booths. They sell jars of quality ingredients that are perfect for sharing with friends or sipping alone. Simply add 12 ounces of your favorite spirit, chill for three days and enjoy eight servings. Flavors include Aromatic Citrus, Bloody Mary, or Hibiscus Ginger Lemon.

Our Booth with a Cause this week is the Salvation Army’s Hope House. They are dedicated to restoring those in need to a place of productivity and self-sufficiency, values that are necessary for a community to grow and prosper. Stop by their booth to learn more about what they are doing in our community.

We hope you will come downtown with your family and friends and sample a taste of what the Market Place offers. Live entertainment will be provided by Melrose, and well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

Farmers Market, Arts Market, and Fall Festival, Too

Saturday, October 28th, brings tons of family fun to historic Fernandina Beach including the Arts Market at the corner of Eighth and Centre Streets, the Market Place farmers market on North Seventh Street, and the Fall Festival on North Sixth Street.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market returns every Saturday with over 40 tents of edible delights, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade lotions, soaps, balms, and candles. In addition to our weekly vendors of jams, honey, dips, sauces, seafood, and beef, returning this week is Rose’s An Unbelievable Eggrolls; Me, Myself, and Pies; new vendor Oizeo and their Asian tapas, and Denise and her mom are back with Jay’s Marketplace’s chopped olive salad and olive juice. Golden Olive Press is also back in the farmers market with hand selected olive oils from Paul’s family’s native Spain, the largest producer of olive trees in the world.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is home to over 25 booths of artists and crafters who bring their hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, apparel, quilts, woodworking and much more. Joel Vendetti is a local musician and artist and he makes tie dye T-shirts, wall hangings, and onesies for the youngest (and cutest) of mankind. Unique and comfortable for all ages, these are home crafted with Joel’s own secret process. Bowls w ith Holes is another vendor who sells unique pottery. Cindy shapes these handmade bowls – with holes – and they are perfect for baking breads or giving as gifts. Individually painted in a variety of colors and themes, the bowls are displayed at unbelievable low prices. CC Jordan Jewelry is custom jewelry made by Candy Jordan. Candy sets up shop with the style of a designer showroom all in a 10 X 10 tent. Big chunky pieces are delicately designed for fashion. You don’t want to miss her display at the Arts Market.

This is also Georgia/Florida Weekend and farmers market booths will be decorated to win your votes for the Best Decorated Booth. Look for Bulldog, Gator, or Halloween themes and then vote for your favorite at the Market Place Management Tent, where you can also pick up a complimentary edition of Edible magazine.

Music will be provided by Spanish Guitarist Dennis Fermin from St. Augustine, Florida, and Community Hospice will be our Booth with a Cause.

Please keep in mind North Sixth Street will be closed to traffic because of the Fall Festival, but it will be filled with giant slides, bounce houses, an entertainment stage, and tables and chairs for dining on free hot dogs. Kids will enjoy game booths, cookie decorating, face painting, and a petting zoo!

Downtown Fernandina Beach is the place to be on the morning of October 28, 2017. Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Challenge Butter Demos and Giveaways at Shrimp Fest

(Press release) – Award-winning Challenge Butter is buttering up Floridians by donating more than 100 pounds of its fresh sweet cream butter to all of the food vendors cooking up local shrimp for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival attendees. It’s also providing free samples from Chef Ryan Robinson of Brett’s Waterway Cafe, and free coupons.

Festivalgoers can enjoy watching Chef Ryan Robinson prepare and sample dishes made with Challenge Butter and Challenge Cream Cheese on-site at the Challenge Butter Kitchen, located on the lawn at the foot of Centre Street. Demos will be taking place on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Challenge Butter booth is also fun place to stop for a chance to spin and win coupons, squishy cows and more.
New to Florida, Challenge is the leading butter brand in the West and has won accolades from the World Dairy Awards, Saveur Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle. Its butter and cream cheese are made from 100% real cream from its 450 family owned dairies.

A stickler for quality, Challenge products are free of growth hormones, artificial preservatives, dyes and fillers. And, its products are so fresh, they are ready for the grocer within 48 hours of the cows being milked. Look for them in the dairy case at Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart. It’s the butter with the elk on the package.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is May 5 – 7, with a Pirate Parade kick-off on May 4th at 6:00 p.m. in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a Kids Fun Zone, live musical entertainment, contests, food booths and more. On Saturday and Sunday there will be over 450 arts, crafts, antiques, and collectible booths. For more information, please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

ABOUT CHALLENGE BUTTER
Award-winning Challenge Butter began more than one hundred years ago. Today, it is the largest butter brand in the West and is available nationwide. Its portfolio of products includes Salted and Unsalted Challenge Butter, Whipped Challenge Butter and Salted and Unsalted European Style Butter. Its line of spreadable butters includes Italian Herb & Garlic, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, Challenge Lite Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil, a Challenge Spreadable Butter Flavored with Olive Oil, Challenge Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil and Challenge Lactose-Free Spreadable Butter. It recently introduced six cream cheese products including regular Challenge Cream Cheese, Challenge Spreadable Cream Cheese, Challenge Whipped Cream Cheese, Challenge Neufchatel Cheese, Challenge Salsa Flavored Cream Cheese and Challenge Strawberry Flavored Cream Cheese. Challenge has not only been a pioneer in the quality in butter products, but is also responsible for many industry firsts including invention of the first aluminum butter churn, lab sampling of butter and shipping butter in paper rather than wooden crates. Visit Challenge on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChallengeButter or at www.ChallengeDairy.com.

2017 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade is May 4th

Historic Fernandina Beach is home to one of the region’s largest hometown parades. This year’s theme is the Ultimate Shrimp Experience. The parade will begin promptly at 6 :00 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017, and with spectators lined up three and four people deep for over 16 blocks, there is no better way – for the money – to get in front of a crowd this large and local businesses have signed up! There are almost 100 entries in this parade!!!

There will be decorative floats, walking groups, marching bands, exotic and antique vehicles, and much more. This year’s grand marshal is Jeff “Trapper” Parish.

Parade categories include Non-profit, Commercial, Walking Unit, Band or Performing  Unit, Civic Group, Judges Choice, and Special Effects. Awards will be presented on the River Front Stage on Friday, May 5ht. All entries are required to commemorate the shrimping industry  by adhering to the Pirate Parade Theme and the parade may not be used as a public forum to air personal opinions, grievances, or to protest any issue. 

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a delicious Northeast Florida tradition being held May 5 – 7, 2017, and is presented by Baptist Medical Center-Nassau. The event kicks-off Thursday, May 4th, with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina Beach. The festival officially opens Friday afternoon with the Geico Kids’ Fun Zone, food booths, a pageant, live music, fireworks, a pirate invasion, river front entertainment, and more. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with two stages, nearly 400 vendors displaying fine arts, crafts, and antiques. There will be contests, children’s activities, and food booths with lots of shrimp!

2017 Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship

The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is calling for entries to their scholarship essay contest open to all Nassau County high school seniors. The gnarly scallywags offer two separate awards. One winner will be given some extra booty for college, and the other winner is chosen from the pool of students who enter the competition that have chosen to serve in our United States Armed Forces.

All contestants must submit a 750 word essay to the Pirates Club, by Monday April 10, 2017. The subject is to be about pirates or pirating: past, present or future, complete with proper citations and references. Eligible students may attend high school at home, in a public or private school, or in another county, but they must be a full-time resident of Nassau County, Florida.

The award for the college bound student is a check for up to $1,500.00 made payable to the winner’s chosen school upon acceptance, and must be applied towards tuition and/or books. The winning entry for the student entering military service will receive a check for $500.00 upon completion of basic training. Proof of completion is required.

The winner(s) must be available to join the Pirates on Sunday, May 7, 2017 on the Waterfront Stage during the “Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival” for a formal announcement, public relations photos and of course to grab the booty!

Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 17243
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

All entries must be submitted to the above address and post marked by April 10, 2017. For more information please visit FernandinaPirates.com.

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