“World Famous Lions Shrimp Dinners”: that’s the big draw to the 57th annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival in Florida, scheduled for March 14th and 15th. Lions shrimp is not some variety of shrimp, cousin to tiger shrimp, that you’ve never heard of; rather, the festival, and shrimp dinners, are sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club.

Shrimp Fest Logo, Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, Fort Myers Beach, FLThere will be a 5k run Saturday morning at 9 a.m., followed by the two-mile Shrimp Festival Parade through the center of town at 10 a.m. There’s also a food, fun, and crafts expo at the beach, with over a hundred vendors, on Saturday, and at 1 p.m. the crowning of the Festival Queen will take place at the Pavilion. Sunday at 1 p.m. will see the inaugural shrimp eating contest: entrants get three minutes to eat up to three pounds of shrimp.

Cooking Shrimp, Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, Fort Myers Beach, FLThe shrimp dinners (made with locally caught Gulf pink shrimp from the Fort Myers Beach shrimp boat fleet) are served both days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. See the festival website for more information.