Headliner Jerrod Niemann rocks the stage. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
Everglades City is a little off the beaten path. The former county seat of Collier County, it sits surrounded by the mangrove swamps of Everglades National Park, an old-fashioned fishing village where life goes by at a leisurely pace – 51 weeks a year.
But one weekend a year, E-City shakes off its doldrums and hosts the Everglades Seafood Festival, bringing upwards of 50,000 people down the solitary two-lane access road, and hosting one heck of a party.