Annual Frog Leg Festival Draws 80,000 Visitors to Rural Florida Town
Fellsmere, Florida dishes up thousands of pounds of frog legs.
“People always claim that everything tastes like chicken, but in Fellsmere we say everything tastes like frog legs,” says Susan Adams, president of the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival. The world’s largest festival dedicated to amphibian appendages takes over a tiny farming town on Florida’s Atlantic coast January 16-19. What Adams’ mother started in 1990 as a fundraiser for local youth sports now draws 80,000 people to the town of roughly 6,000, where frogs are a longstanding culinary staple. The festival has grown so large in recent years that the bulk of the 3,000 pounds of fried legs served is carted in from Louisiana. South Florida alligator tail and traditional carnival fare are also on the menu. Additional thrills include camel rides, Florida wildlife exhibits, live bluegrass and a crafters village. Adams advises that frog-leg newbies may want to start small with a frog pop. “We love to see kids and fancy ladies try their first frog-on-a-stick.”