St. Augustine's rich Minorcan heritage is celebrated in this annual festival at the historic Llambias House in downtown St. Augustine. Free Event

Minorcan Heritage Celebration — CANCELLED

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Llambias House

The 2021 Minorcan Heritage Celebration has been CANCELLED

31 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 540-3067
  • The Minorcan Heritage Celebration 2021 has been CANCELLED due to Covid.

    The Minorcan Heritage Celebration 2021 marks the 244th anniversary of the arrival of the Minorcan (Menorcan in Spanish) colonists in St. Augustine. This heritage event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, and features engaging activities, traditional foods, music and dancing.

    This celebration includes descendants from the original Minorcans in St. Augustine, all sharing traditional dances, songs, stories and crafts, as well as family photos and Minorcan family crests. Demonstrations include mullet net making by longtime St. Augustine resident Mike Usina. There will also be programs in the downstairs room of the Llambias House featuring speakers.

    Food at this event will include delicious variations of pilau (pronounced per-low), Minorcan chowder and fromajadas, a small pastry made with spiced pie dough, and filled with a cheese and egg mixture. Datil pepper sauce and jellies, as well as a variety of baked goods will also be available for purchase. 

    Admission: Free.

    When:  11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 

    Where: The Llambias House is located at 31 St. Francis St.

    History of the Minorcans

    The term "Minorcan" describes the group of Mediterranean people (about 1,400 in all) who came to British East Florida in the late 18th century to work as indentured servants on a plantation settlement in New Smyrna. Many of these were actually from the island of Minorca, but they were joined by many others who were from other Mediterranean towns and regions, including Greeks, Italians, Corsicans, French and Spanish. Their first several years in Florida were harsh and their numbers decreased, but in 1777, they were granted a space to settle in the northwest section of the fledgling port town of St. Augustine. They have been an integral part of the community of the nation's oldest city ever since.

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