by Kellie Abrahamson
First Coast natives have seen their fair share of seafood festivals. Every year we worship the tastiest of aquatic critters with weekend-long parties complete with live music, lots of beer and plenty of plates of, whatever it is we happen to be celebrating at the time. Sure it can be fun, but often the entertainment is lacking, pleasing only to those who have had far too much to drink or to those rockin’ a mullet. Let’s face it; seafood festivals just aren’t all that “cool.” Well, this month’s Ancient City Crawfish Boil is going to change that perception in a big way. In addition to authentic Louisiana-style crawdads, this event will bring huge mainstream acts including 3 Doors Down and, the Doggfather himself, Snoop!
On May 8th and 9th St. Augustine will be getting 25,000 pounds of live Louisiana crawfish delivered to Francis Field for the event. The delectable crustaceans will be boiled in Cajun seasonings with corn and potatoes and served by the heaping plateful to hungry festival-goers (for $12 a serving, of course). If tearing into these little lobsters isn’t your thing, there will be other vendors on hand serving up good eats too. A wide variety of drinks will be sold as well, including beer, wine, soft drinks, water, lemonade, iced tea and non-alcoholic frozen beverages.
Sure there will be plenty of mudbugs, but at its core the Ancient City Crawfish Boil is all about the music. The lineup is impressive, with national acts of multiple genres coming to town to join in the celebration. On Friday, May 8, K’Naan, Corey Smith, Flyleaf, G. Love and Snoop Dogg will all grace the stage. The party continues on Saturday, May 9, with performances by Shawn Fisher & the JG’s (the only local band on the lineup), Presidents of the USA, Saving Abel, Candlebox, Hinder and 3 Doors Down.
The Ancient City Crawfish Boil will be held at Francis Field (at the intersection of West Castillo Drive and Cordova Street) in St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.50 per day and $49.50 for the entire weekend. Advance VIP Area tickets, which include views of the stage, free crawfish, closed-circuit video, and private restrooms, are $75 per day or $132 for a weekend pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ancientcitycrawfishboil.com.
Not your mama's seafood fest!
by Kellie Abrahamson