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Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp Festival

Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp FestivalExecutive Chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture Offer Cooking Demonstration at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Justin-timineri-Florida-chefInternational Culinary Ambassador Chef Justin Timineri, representing the State of Florida and the “Fresh From Florida” brand, is a certified executive chef, author, and television personality. In 2006 he won the Food Network Challenge, Great American Seafood Cook-off, in New Orleans where he held the title of having the country’s best domestic seafood dish.

Justin’s responsibilities include promoting Florida’s many outstanding commodities and he has participated in many high profile events around the world such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he showcased Florida’s cuisine to medal winners and Olympic legends at the USA house. He has been the event chef for NASCAR, PGA, and the Kentucky Derby.

Most recently Chef Justin can be seen nationally on the Cooking Channel where he is a guest on several episodes on Emeril Lagasse’s new TV show “Emeril’s Florida”. He is also the resident chef on the award winning television series “How to do Florida”.

Justin was raised in Florida and his straight forward approach to cooking relies on simple ingredients combined with fresh seasonal produce.

holly-chute-Georgia-ChefExecutive Chef Holly Chute represents the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the state’s largest economic sector. She serves as a liaison between Georgia’s farmers/producers and the food service industry. Chef Holly is one of the most visible faces of the popular “Georgia Grown” program and appears regularly at festivals and community events.

Executive Chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion under six administrations, one political observer remarked, “Georgia Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: Holly’s cooking.” She has welcomed foreign heads of state, former US presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and members of England’s Royal family with her southern style that showcases Georgia’s fresh, agricultural products. She has cooked alongside many celebrity chefs including Cat Cora, Todd English and Paula Deen. Of her many honors and accolades, she considers Jeff Foxworthy’s request for a doggy bag (to take home extra fried chicken) to be a most memorable achievement.

On May 2, 2015, Chefs Timineri and Chute will share their collective expertise in a cooking demonstration during the Shrimp Festival. You won’t want to miss this spectacular culinary event featuring selective dishes of fresh, wild-caught, local shrimp. The event takes place at the waterfront in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. There is no admission fee to attend.

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2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

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Steve Whitlock worked as a fishing guide and sportsman, leading him to a rewarding career as a wildlife artist and marine illustrator. This Florida native has over 40 years experience fishing, hunting and exploring the wild places most people never see and this is evident in his winning design for the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt.

Presented by Publix, this 52nd annual, three-day festival celebrates the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, on the first weekend of May each year, in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Born in Tampa and raised in Naples, Whitlock spent his childhood fishing and hunting around the Sunshine State, but Steve didn’t develop an interest in painting until the early 1990s. With encouragement and support from his wife, family & friends, he applied to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida to become a wildlife artist. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Steve’s artwork will be included on official Shrimp Festival T-shirts, tank tops, tote bags and more. Hats, aprons, ornaments and Tervis tumblers are just some of the official Shrimp Festival souvenirs available during the festival.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 1 – 3, 2015, with a community Pirate Parade kicking-off the celebrations on Thursday evening, April 30th, at 6:00 PM. Beginning Friday morning you can enjoy a sidewalk sale presented by the merchants in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Festival officially opens with live music by DRB beginning at 5:30 on the waterfront stage. The newly expanded Kids Fun Zone will premier in its Central Park location Friday evening, and all of the food, sponsors, and exhibitor’s booths located at the waterfront will be open until 10:00 pm. Entertainment Friday evening includes live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and a Pirate Invasion followed by a fantastic fireworks show at 9:45 pm.

Saturday the fun starts early, at 9:00 AM, when the art show opens with nearly 400 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. The Festival is open until 6:00 pm, so you will have plenty of time to see fine arts and crafts, antique dealers, participate in contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, see live musical entertainment, including The Edgar Winters Band at 4:30, interact with scores of playful pirates, and visit the Kids Fun Zone with activities, games and food. Best of all, admission is FREE!

Sunday, the festival’s Fun Zone, arts, crafts and antique booths remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the addition of the Best Decorated Boat Parade, a Wreath Ceremony, and the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the waterfront. Sunday’s entertainment includes Back From the Brink, Decades Band, and The Swingin’ Medallions. And remember, admission to the entire festival is free!

Always held the first weekend in May, learn more at www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2nd

The Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2ndThe Edgar Winter Band will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at 4:30 pm, on May 2, 2015, at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida. With hits like “Frankenstein” and the popular “Free Ride”, front man Edgar Winter was a child prodigy who achieved international success early on. Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium – music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop.

This special Saturday afternoon concert is being co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Northeast Florida Blues Society, and RockTenn.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom, and his live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. Edgar Winter_BW-600He continues to thrill audiences with his performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held May 1 -3, 2015, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. Enjoy nearly 400 arts and craft booths, antiques, food vendors, wild caught shrimp, a Kids Fun Zone, scores of pirates, contests and so much more.

Saturday’s performances will also include the Fernandina Beach Highs School Jazz Ensemble at 9:30 am. This will be their final Shrimp Festival performance under the direction of longtime FBHS Band Director Johnnie Robinson, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Bryan Mayer Trailer Wrap Picture 1-7-151:00 pm brings CMT Country Music Artist Bryan Mayer to the waterfront stage. He was nominated by his fans for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Country Artist and Music Video of the Year. Bryan is a 6’ 7” North Carolina native, and if you’re looking to add a new and promising Country voice and talent to your playlist, look no further than Country music’s future BIG MAN, Bryan Mayer.

Dominic Gaudious returns to the Shrimp Festival again this year performing a short set, at 4:00 pm, just before the Edgar Winters Band takes the stage. His passion in the contemplative world of Classical/World Beat music, Dominic works mainly with six and twelve-string acoustic guitars and exotic instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo.

For more information about the festival, or to see Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s complete line-up of entertainment, visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All

2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for AllApplications are now being accepted for the Pirate Parade to be held on April 30, 2015, as a kick-off to the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year’s Grand Marshall of the Parade is Rosa Adams, one of the original founders of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Your 2015 Parade Theme is: “Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All.”

Sponsored by the Marriott Residence Inn on Amelia Island, your business or organization can be a part of the Pirate Parade, too, simply fill out a Parade Application by April 23rd, a Participation Agreement and pay your entry fee. Parade entry fees range from $35.00 for a non-profit organization, to a fee of $85.00 for political candidates.

Parade entries will be judged in the following categories:
-Commercial or commercially sponsored non-profit
-Non-profit or civic organization
-Walking group
-Band or performing group

A bonus award will also be given to the entry with the Best Special Effects. Winners will be contacted following the parade so a representative can be at the Main Stage of the Shrimp Festival to receive their award during the presentation on Friday evening.

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival is Friday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m. Many waterfront booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with nearly 400 arts and crafts vendors joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! Best of all… admission to the festival is FREE!

The deadline to enter the Pirate Parade is April 23, 2015. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications

Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications Amelia Island, FL – Applications are now being accepted for the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Historic Harbor Front Hampton Inn & Suites. Entrants must be high school level juniors and seniors attending public, private, alternative and home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but may attend high school in another county to enter. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the title of Miss Shrimp Festival. Scholarships will also be awarded to the First Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and Miss Congeniality.

The first rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach. Contestants meet weekly to learn the choreography of the opening sequence of the pageant, and to prepare for this highly anticipated event. The competition starts with a judge’s interview and dinner catered by Chick-fil-A the Wednesday before the pageant. On Thursday night the contestants make their first appearance in the Pirate’s Parade, riding the route on boats furnished by Redmond Yachts. On Friday, May 1, 2015, Russell Colburn of Fox 30 News will emcee the pageant. The newly crowned 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival will make several appearances throughout the weekend, help with the Little Pirate Contest, the Beard Contest and participate as a judge in the Shrimp Boat Parade on Sunday.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp!

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival begins Friday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m., though many sponsorship booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with over 300 arts and crafts booths joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For more information please visit the official website at ShrimpFestival.com.

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Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits

Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits Applications are being accepted for additional food booths to set up during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival until February 28, 2015. More food booths are needed in both the Kids Fun Zone and the main area of the Shrimp Festival. To be considered, you must be a non-profit organization within Nassau County, Florida. Many of our food booths make the majority of their annual budgets by being a part of this popular festival, always held the first weekend in May.

Fresh, local shrimp is a staple at the festival and with over 100,000 attendees to be fed, this is an excellent opportunity. The Kids Fun Zone has expanded into a larger area for 2015 and that also means more games, more rides, more entertainment and we are in need of more kid-friendly foods.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp!

To be accepted into the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, all food booths must be organized, staffed and run by a Nassau County, Florida, non-profit organization. No commercial food vendors are permitted!

To apply for a food booth please forward your non-profit information/certificate/EIN number, contact names and phone numbers, and proposed menu and pricing to foodbooths@shrimpfestival.com.

The dates of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are Friday, May 1, 2015, from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Annual Pirates’ Parade will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 6:00 pm.

For more information visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp Festival

Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp FestivalThe application deadline to exhibit your art at the 52nd Annual Island of Eight Flags Arts and Crafts Show is January 31, 2015.

Applications to have your arts and crafts on display at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are now being accepted.

This show is an annual juried event and is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! This is an excellent atmosphere to exhibit and sell your work. Over 135, 000 visitors are expected for the 2-day art show.

All accepted artists are eligible for prize money. A panel of judges will review the entire show and select which artist’s work is eligible for the prizes. Categories include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and pastels, fiber art, drawing and print making, glass, pottery, photography, metal, jewelry, wood, and creative crafts (Baskets, floral, shell art etc.) Best in Show receives $2,500, First Place $1,200, Second Place $800, Third Place $500, and each individual category will have a Judge’s Choice Award of $300.00.

The dates of the art show are Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Download your official 2015 Shrimp Festival Application at islandart.org/shrimp-festival-application/. Remember, the submission deadline is January 31, 2015. For more information visit IslandArt.org or ShrimpFestival.com.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Expands Kids Fun Zone

pirate-jason-with-giant-shrimp-2The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, is expanding the Kids Fun Zone. Now located at Central Park, on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, the bigger and better location will permit the Festival Committee to bring you more vendors, more activities, more entertainment and more fun!

Kids Zone Festival Chair Catherine Eleazer said, “We’ve outgrown our location; it was too crowded.” The new location offers the extra space to add more kid friendly booths, games and other concessions. “Every year, I have to turn away vendors who would be a great addition to the Shrimp Festival,” Catherine added. “The Kids Zone really brings people together. I stay in touch with many of the exhibitors’ year ’round, it’s like one big, happy family!”

The upcoming 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off with a 6 o’clock Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th. Then on Friday, historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida is transformed into a festive weekend of art, pirates, music, and shrimp! There is a juried art show with over 300 artisans competing for more than $7,500 in cash awards. In addition there will be over 50 antique dealers, contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, live musical entertainment including local, regional and national acts, scores of playful pirates, and of course, the newly expanded Kids Fun Zone, in its more convenient location, with children’s rides and activities, family friendly entertainment and more of the foods kids love.

The Kids Fun Zone will be open:
Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and
Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor in the Kids Fun Zone, please send your contact information and pictures of your booth or products to Catherine Eleazer, 2108 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Admission is FREE for the entire festival!

For more information visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Official Shrimp Festival T-shirt Designs Now Being Accepted

Official Shrimp Festival T-shirt Designs Now Being AcceptedSubmissions are now being accepted for the official 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-shirt and merchandise design.

The winning T-shirt design will be used as the official design for the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on apparel, marketing and advertising pieces, plus other items as needed. Past designs have included shrimp, shrimp boats, the eight flags of Amelia Island, pirates, pirate boats, downtown Fernandina Beach architecture, shrimp nets, game fish and other ideas pertaining to the history of the Shrimp Festival. The T-shirt designs for the past thirteen years and a history of the eight flags are available at www.ShrimpFestival.com.

The selected design must be an original piece of art conceived and executed by the submitting artist. The design will become the exclusive property of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Inc. The artist may be asked to minimally alter the design for acceptance, if necessary (i.e. change in color, font or historical aspect). If chosen, in consideration of the promise to pay $1,000 (or otherwise negotiated), the entrant will assign all rights, ownership and title for its use to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Inc. for use in promoting the Shrimp Festival via marketing, advertising and selling T-shirts and other merchandise containing the design, or other production purposes, in perpetuity. Artist signature may inconspicuously appear on the design, subject to Selection Committee approval of placement.

Download your request for proposal and all of the details from the Shrimp Festival website: ShrimpFestival.com. The submission deadline is November 15, 2014.

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52nd Shrimp Festival Board of Directors

52nd Shrimp Festival Board of Directors

What began as a family picnic and boat race in 1964 has evolved into a weekend celebration honoring Fernandina Beach and her deep rooted history in the shrimping industry. Join us on May 1, 2 and 3, 2015 for the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

It takes a large group of volunteers to organize such a magnificent event and this year’s board of directors, and committee members, are off to a productive start of the 2015 season.

The festival’s executive board consists of members who have served as committee chairs for a number of years.

Pictured above, front row, left to right: Chairman Wanda Hair, Vice Chair Harry Harrison, and Treasurer Dawn Lunt. Second row: Past Chairman Mark Deaton, Vice Chair Mary Sikes, Vice Chair Pat Kaminski, and Secretary Roger Wasik.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival transforms nearly 30 blocks of historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida into a festive weekend of art, music, and shrimp! There is a juried art show with over 300 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. There will be fine arts and crafts, over 50 antique dealers, contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, live musical entertainment including local, regional and national acts, scores of playful pirates, and a Kids Fun zone with activities, entertainment and food, but best of all, admission is FREE for the entire festival!

Other events surrounding the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival include the local’s favorite event, the popular Pirate Parade held downtown on Thursday, April 30th, at 6:00 pm., and the McArthur Family YMCA 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning held at Main Beach by the Atlantic Ocean.

Always held the first weekend in May, the Southeast Tourism Society has named the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival a Top-20 event for the past twelve years! A targeted study of visitors to the festival commissioned by the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau estimated the total economic impact of the 2014 festival to be over nine million dollars. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Fernandina’s Shrimp Festival to Appear on Eating America

Fernandina's Shrimp Festival to Appear on Eating AmericaThe Food Network has made a few changes to the program they will be airing that was filmed during the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp festival. What was to be titled Food Fest Nation and premier on July 21st, then the 29th, is now titled Eating America and will begin airing July 28, 2014 – but you may want to check your local listing for the most recent information.

Here is the latest from the Food Network’s website:

On the new series Eating America, premiering Tuesday, July 28 at 9|8c, host Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover the most flavorful food festivals in the country. Food Network fans may recognize Anthony Anderson from Chopped, where he competed on a special holiday episode, and from Iron Chef America, where he’s been a frequent judge. This food lover is now taking on a new venture in Food Fest Nation, tasting everything from classic interpretations of regional fare to surprising twists on favorite dishes. Anthony will get to the belly of what is truly at the heart of America — one food festival at a time.

In this eight-episode series, Anthony visits some of the most unusual food fairs around the country. Not only does he try the local specialties, but he also meets the people who create them, including a few unforgettable characters.

Here’s a list of the festivals Anthony will be visiting:
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival — Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Texas Crab Festival — Crystal Beach, Texas
Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off — Magnolia, Ark.
New Orleans Food Experience
Ribfest Chicago
Blue Ridge BBQ Festival — Tryon, N.C.
Long Grove Strawberry Festival — Long Grove, Ill.
Rockwood Ice Cream Festival — Wilmington, Del.

Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2014/06/new-series-food-fest-nation/?oc=linkback

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Video of Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant 2014

Video of Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant 2014

One of the most popular Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival events is the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant.

In 2014, 17 young women from Nassau County, Florida, entered the annual pageant sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”.

After weekend rehearsals led by Pageant Chair Crystal Molchin and Choreographer Kristin Conner, the girls attended a dinner party where they were interviewed by the pageant judges.

Russell Colburn of Action News was the emcee for the pageant and judges include Bob Ramshaw of the Hampton Inn and Suites; Shannon Brown, vice president of the Fernandina Beach Vystar Credit Union; and Nancy Burnett, a former contestant in the Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant.

Want to know who won? Check out the video below:

The 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is behind us and volunteer committee members are already in the planning stages for Shrimp Festival 2015.

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2014 Shrimp Festival Video Recap

2014 Shrimp Festival RecapTeam SearchAmelia snapped well over 13,000 images, and shot hours upon hours of video during the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Eight weeks later we’ve sorted through enough of the footage to offer this four and 1/2 minute video recap of the weekend’s exciting activities:

Beginning with the parade, which returned to Thursday evening, the video takes you through the weekend including cameos of Actors Anthony Anderson and Edgar Hansen, scenes from the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, the Pirate Invasions, the Little Pirate contests, the Wreath Ceremony and the Blessing of the Fleet and more. Of course, wrapping up the weekend was the traditional performance by The Swingin’ Medallions.

Even with the rain showers on Friday and Saturday the festival was a huge success thanks to an incredible team of volunteers that make up the Shrimp Festival Committee.

This year included a treat from Fresh From Florida Seafood who brought Captain Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern, as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”, to the Festival. Another celebrity, Anthony Anderson (Law & Order, The Departed), appeared during the Shrimp Festival to shoot an episode of Food Fest Nation, which will air on Monday, July 21 at 9:00 PM ET. Trust us, it was difficult to keep quiet about this exciting exposure for Amelia Island. Up until the Food Network began advertising this new, eight episode series, we were sworn to secrecy, so you didn’t see any press about the program being filmed during the festival.

In the next few weeks look for event-specific videos and galleries of the Shrimp Festival as we put them together right here at SearchAmelia.com.

Special thanks to photographers Robin Childers and Kimberly Kappal who have never said, “no” to shooting our often odd requests.

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Fernandina Appears in Food Fest Nation on the Food Network

Fernandina Appears in Food Fest Nation on the Food NetworkSource: Food Network – A Food Network press release recently announced their new show, Food Fest Nation is set to premier on Monday, July 21st at 9pm ET/PT.

Editors note: The film is now titled Eating America and will premier on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover the most flavorful food festivals in the country tasting everything from classic interpretations of regional fare to surprising twists of favorite foods. Anthony uncovers what is truly at the heart of America, one delicious food festival at a time.

“Viewers got a taste of Anthony Anderson’s true passion for food during his appearances as a judge on Iron Chef America and Chopped,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Anthony’s love of food, quick humor, and engaging way with people make him the perfect guide through the quirky and wonderful world of food festivals.”

Over the course of eight half-hour episodes, Anthony visits the most unique food fairs in the nation, sampling local specialties and meeting the characters devoted to the regional cuisine. Along the way, Anthony visits the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida and highlights delicious classics such as shrimp tacos, shrimp boil and shrimp jambalaya, as well as innovative shrimp ice cream. In one episode, he attends the Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia, Ark., where over 4,000 different kinds of mouthwatering ribeye steaks compete to be the best of the best and for a $10,000 prize.

anthony-anderson-as-fernandina-pirateAnthony also visits the Long Grove Strawberry Festival, where over 20,000 attendees flock to Long Grove, Ill. for three “berry” special days of enjoying all things strawberry, including Strawberry Ricotta Ravioli and Strawberry Balsamic Chicken. In another episode, he stops by Ribfest Chicago for a world-class rib-eating showdown that draws top competitive eaters from around the globe. Throughout the season, Anthony also gets a taste of the South Carolina Poultry Festival in Batesberg, S.C., the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzalez, La., the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tyron, N.C., as well as the Rockwood Ice Cream Festival in Wilmington, Del.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/FoodFestNation all season long for additional video, blogs and photo galleries from Anthony’s travels, as well as connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FoodFestNation.

Anthony Anderson is no stranger to the Food Network audience, having competed on Chopped and appeared as both a judge and competitor on Iron Chef America, making his transition to host of Food Fest Nation a natural and delicious progression. He is an accomplished actor with roles on both the big and small screen, including over 20 films and the Emmy(R) Award-winning drama Law & Order, playing Detective Kevin Bernard. His performance on that series earned him four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Anthony also appeared in the DreamWorks’ blockbuster Transformers, directed by Michael Bay; as well as in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar(R) winning feature, The Departed. Anthony can also be seen in the upcoming ABC sitcom, Black-ish, this fall, in which he will both star and produce.

Food Fest Nation is produced by Magnetic Productions.

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Shrimp Festival 2014 Economic Impact

Shrimp Festival 2014 Economic ImpactEstimated economic impact of the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival:

Working with Research Data Services, the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau conducted 368 interviews over the three-day festival. Statistically, that number provides for a 95% confidence level in the results. For purposes of this study, they estimated total attendance at 90,000 people, which is significantly less than the official estimate of 120,000 provided by the Shrimp Festival Committee (that estimate was based on staff observation and interviews with public safety officials).

In 2014, 53.5% of the Shrimp Festival attendees classify themselves as “day trippers” from within the region, but outside of Nassau County. Nassau County residents comprise 32.8% of those who attended the festivities for the day. Of the remaining 13.7% who stayed overnight, 7% utilized commercial lodging, while the others stayed with friends and relatives.

The total direct expenditures of out-of-county visitors totaled $7,290,600. When the Amelia Island tourism multiplier is applied, total economic impact of the festival was $9,592,300. Average head of household attending the Shrimp Festival tends to be a bit older than our normal demographic at 52.8 years of age, and are more middle-class, with 60% having household incomes of less than $100,000.

When compared to the 2011 Festival (which was not weather impacted), this year’s event lured more out of county visitors by almost 11 percentage points, while Nassau County residents attending declined by 12 percentage points – a direct result of the weather. Length of stay in commercial lodging increased by a full night in 2014, while those staying with friends and relatives remain static. More couples stayed in commercial lodging, resulting in the decline of average party size from three people to 2.8. Those staying with friends and relatives increased from an average party size of two people to three, meaning more families with children.

Most significantly, the economic impact of the 2014 Festival was $1,025,400 more than the 2011 Festival – an 11% increase.

This information was provided by:
Gil Langley, CAE
President & CEO
Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
2398 Sadler Road, Suite 200
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Office: 904-277-4369
Fax: 904-432-8417
www.ameliaisland.com

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