Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival


By Doc Lawrence

PANACEA, FLORIDA. The Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 29, and it remains one of my favorites. Kids learn how to build a boat, adults gather oysters, and enjoy a seafood cooking demonstration by Florida’s Top Chef John Minas, who heads the culinary program for the governor.

Panacea is just down the road from the Wakulla Springs resort and a short drive from lovely Tallahassee. The purpose of the event is purely beneficial, raising money for a maritime center in this ancient community by the bay while showcasing the very best fresh saltwater fish, Florida mullet, for seafood lovers,. For the uninitiated, mullet is the preferred fish of many great chefs familiar with the best choices from the sea. This fish is a vegetarian and when fried, baked, grilled or smoked, it is truly delicious.

This action-packed day has it all:  maritime history reenactors, displays and presentations, arts and crafts vendors, toe-tapping live music, the crowning of a Festival King and Queen, and (for children) toy boat building, white boot races, live sea encounters, rides, and much more.  Mullet and other great local seafood will be served up by some of the best area restaurants and food vendors.

The all-day Festival begins at 10 a.m. at Panacea's Woolley Park, just off coastal highway 98 on beautiful Dickerson Bay. The event is perfect for families and you will not meet friendlier people or eat more delicious seafood anywhere in the Sunshine State.

I'll be there and can't wait to make new friends.
For further information, visit http://www.mightymullet.com/.
For festivals, great restaurants and autumn travel, go to http://www.winesdownsouth.com/.

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