Gwen Fowler



The food’s always good at the Blue Crab Festival

Posted 5/20/2013 11:37:00 AM

The folks of Little River have been putting on the Blue Crab Festival for 32 years, and this year, on May 18-19, crowds of locals and tourists turned out to enjoy sunshine along the Intracoastal Waterway, good food, live music, and lots of arts and crafts.

It’s been one of my favorite festivals for years, so on Sunday afternoon my husband and I decided to share a visit to the fishing village with our grandson, Matthew. The 16-month-old enjoyed the sights and the food.

We started with a delicious crab cake sandwich from The Brentwood, one of Little River’s most popular restaurants. Chef Eric Masson was also serving pulled pork sandwiches, she crab soup, Key lime pie and crème brulee.

Long’s Seafood Market of Little River cooked up the crabs the festival is named for. The blue crabs go in the big pot blue and come out red and tasty.

Mama Jean’s, also of Little River, served shrimp and grits, crab cakes, fried fish, shrimp cooked several ways and Lowcountry boil.

Will Danford of Mountain Man Honey was there with his great honey for sale. He is a regular at many of the community farmers markets.

Darya and John Suddreth of the Olive Shoppe at Barefoot Landing were sharing samples of olive oils and their olives stuffed with blue cheese, garlic, feta cheese and more.

Since the festival is right outside the front door of some of the Little River restaurants such as Capt. Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant, it’s a busy weekend for them. We finished our stroll through the festival with a grouper sandwich from Capt. Juel’s, and even the baby loved it.