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Grant Seafood Festival
P.O. Box 44
Grant, FL 32949

Grant Seafood Festival History

Grant, Florida is an unincorporated community located on Florida's East coast in southern Brevard County. This riverside town is located on U.S. Hwy. 1, 12 miles South of Melbourne and 22 miles North of Vero Beach. Grant has a population of around 2700 residents. In 1966 the Community Center held a small fish fry hoping to attract a "couple hundred folks" to make enough money to pay the center's utility bills. Now thirty-seven years later we attract as many as 50,000 people for this two day event and we have become the Southeast's largest and longest running seafood festival.

The Grant Seafood Festival is held on the last weekend in February. There is Free admission, free parking, 100+ crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, along with a scrumptious menu of succulent seafood makes this a weekend no one wants to miss. What sets this festival apart from others is that it runs through a 100% volunteer effort! All preparation , whether it be on the grounds or with the purchasing, cooking or serving of the various menu items is accomplished by volunteers of the community. We do not have any food vendors on site. All booths are run with volunteers: many booths are made up of family members, often times having several generations working along side one another. It is this complete volunteer effort that makes our festival unique. The total commitment of our community and all our volunteers makes the Grant Seafood Festival a time honored tradition unlike any other. We are proud of our community and our festival is a testament to that fact.

Our Community Projects

Grant Scholarship Fund

Our scholarship fund is another of the worthy projects made possible by the Seafood Festival. Our youth; their future and their success has always been a commitment of the Grant Community Center. The scholarship fund awarded $50,000 to it’s recipients last year alone. Applicants must meet a standard of criteria for consideration. Community service and commitment to learning are key areas for consideration. Priority is also given to Grant residents. With the continued success of our festival, this program will grow and flourish and give opportunity to many to reach high and achieve their goals. Many of our recipients have achieved their goals and are serving in our community as educators, contractors, hospital administrators, engineers, paramedics, fire fighters, environmentalists and more. Many recipients often return to the festival yearly to volunteer their time to the organization that once supported them!

Grant Library

The Grant library, located at to 4580 1st street in the Community Center building, is one of the many projects made possible with the proceeds from this seafood festival. Our library is stocked with the latest releases in books as well as videos. Membership is free and is open to all Grant residents. The library is staffed with volunteers and is open Tuesdays from 10 A.M. through 4:00 P.M.; Thursday mornings at 10:30 A.M. for toddler story time and activities; Thursday 6:00 P.M. through 8:00 P.M. with youth hour from 6:30 P.M. through 7:30 P.M.; and Saturday mornings from 10 A.M. through 12 noon. The library sponsors many educational events as well as entertaining programs and children's holiday parties.

The library will be holding their annual book sale during the festival hours.

Grant Historical House

The home of Clara Christensen Bensen arrived by riverboat from Jacksonville, Florida precut for assembly in 1916.  The purchase price was $1200 unassembled. The 1916 house was moved from it’s original river site to its present location one half mile south on the Indian river which is also historically signified as the site of Grant’s first house, that of Louis Kossuth Smith, known as “Honey Smith” officially named “FISHERMAN’S LANDING." This home is maintained by the Grant Historical Society and supported by funds from the Grant Seafood Society.

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