Updated: Aug 9
There is nothing like the Grant Seafood Fest. Here's all you need to know for planning purposes!
THIS EVENT HAS PASSED, FEEL FREE TO REMINISCE.
LOKING FORWARD TO THE 57th ANNUAL SEAFOOD FEST IN 2024
Located in the small rural community of Grant-Valkaria this small town along the Indian River is a natural gem of Florida. But once a year this community event brings the people together from everywhere to enjoy a one-of-a-kind event.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2023 FROM 9 AM - 7 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2023 FROM 9 AM - 5 PM
This event offers a wide variety of family fun, but the common denominator they all rave about is the amazing food. Sit outside in the early spring Floridian weather taking in the scene. The best thing here is the energy of the people who come out to have a great time, this is a real community event.
Please note: No dogs (service dogs must wear vest or collar to distinguish) or other pets/animals, no coolers, no tents (canopies or pop-up tents), no umbrellas, no overnight parking.
Many people do bring their own camp chairs to set up in a designated area. There is lots of seating and picnic benches as well as some high-top tables for standing.
Parking is free and entry is free!
Tickets are the way all food and drinks are purchased. There are ticket booths set up where tickets can be purchased for $1 each in increments of 10. Most items range from 1-9 tickets, not including drinks.
*Tickets may also be purchased at the Airport Parking site both days, from 10am-3pm, which is where the overflow parking is located.
CASH, CREDIT, OR DEBIT ACCEPTED
PARKING: There is ample parking on the grounds. You may use the Valkaria Airport to take advantage of the free shuttle: Follow signs to parking and shuttle pick up. Shuttles run on a continuous loop from Valkaria Airport to Festival Grounds.
FREE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
Saturday, Mar 4, 2023 from 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, Mar 5, 2023 from 10 am - 6 pm
This event is known for lining up amazing live bands that play the soundtrack of good times!
This festival showcases a delicious variety of seafood from the area. Grant is a little fishing village after all. The food here is a big deal. Food baskets are available including all the good stuff: fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, and all the fixings! Booths are set up that feature steamed clams, linguini with clam sauce, fried shrimp, tuna and shrimp kabobs, and New England clam chowder. Not to mention lobster bisque, calamari, raw and steamed oysters, deviled crabs, fried scallops, and more! Interesting foods like gator can also be found. New to the menu this year will be Fish & Chips and Fish & Shrimp Tacos. Don't overlook dessert. The entire fairground smells like good things to eat!
This is not just for the seafood lover. There are options for burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and french fries. There is a separate beer tent and wine. Cold drinks are sprinkled in the food huts.
While my son is a fan of the lobster bisque, my little princess has decided that the corn is where it's at! We are all fans of the fish n grits.
Our 2023 event: Each morning begins with the National Anthem kicked off by local singer Chloe Chase. Be there for the Raising of the Flag by Boy Scouts of America Troop #37 Honor Guard, Barefoot Bay Marine Corp League Detachment 918, and the Florida Scouts led by Chandler Langevin.
Entertainment is stacked with live music all day, playing your favorite country / rock mixes.
An impressive lineup of Over 150 vendors from across the country will be exhibiting their handmade crafts during the two-day festival. The unique collection is fun to browse and shop. The vendor line up is always a big hit!
The longest running seafood festival on the East coast and is run on a 100% volunteer effort! Proceeds support the Grant Seafood Festival Scholarship Fund. The community service area is located on the west end of the community center. This area features local businesses and many civic and community organizations. The Grant Library, also located at 4580 1st street, will be holding their annual book sale on the front porch of the Grant Community Center during the regular festival hours. Hundreds of used books will be sold with proceeds from the sale being used to purchase new books and videos for the Grant Library. Their library is not part of the Brevard County Library System. It is run completely by volunteer effort and funded through the Grant Community Club.
More in Grant 💜 Farmer's Markets
On these same grounds Grant holds a monthly Farmer's Market which is held on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 1PM - 4 PM October - March. A much-loved gathering of fresh produce, breads, cheese, fresh beef, gourmet baked goods, olives, jams, spices, herbs, natural soaps, art, and jewelry. The final market of the season is next month and always features a variety of local small businesses and unique artisans.
The Grant-Valkaria community was founded in order to secure the local benefits of self-government, preserve our history, protect our future, maintain a rural quality of life, and foster responsible, community-controlled growth.
A note from the editor:
The information in this article was accurate when published but may change without notice. Confirm details when planning your trip. I hope this information makes it easier for your planning process, my hope is for sharing the love of travel with those trying to make it happen.
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