Minorcan Heritage Celebration
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Llambias House
The Minorcan Heritage Celebration 2020 marks the 243rd anniversary of the arrival of the Minorcan (also known as Menorcan) colonists in St. Augustine. This heritage event takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and features engaging activities, traditional foods, music, dancing and more.
This celebration includes descendants from the original Minorcans in St. Augustine, all sharing traditional dances, songs, stories, family photos, Minorcan family crests, and traditional crafts, as well as demonstrations of mullet net making by 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, Minorcan chowder, and fromajadas. There will also be datil pepper sauce and jelly, as well as a variety of baked goods available.
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Llambias House is located at 31 St. Francis Street.
History of the Minorcans
The term "Minorcan" describes the group of Mediterranean people (about 1400 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.