The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Swamp Radio proudly announce the return of the wildly popular Swamp Radio “Early Thanks”. Join the cast of Swamp Radio, Northeast Florida’s beloved (and hilarious) live radio show, for an “Early Thanksgiving” celebration and enjoy a down-home, three-course Southern Thanksgiving meal prepared by notable St. Augustine chefs Stephen Dimare of The Hyppo Café and Terri Gamble of The Blue Hen Café, Ned Pollack of Ned’s Southside Kitchen, and Mariah Salvat of Southern Roots Filling Station (Jacksonville) while dining under the trees in the Amphitheatre Pavilion.
This year’s Early Thanks menu includes an appetizer course featuring chicken and dumpling arancini and main courses of slow-smoked turkey with roasted garlic and sage, hand-crafted sausage with venison, and a vegan-friendly option of Shepard’s Pie with mashed potatoes, veggie lentil and mushroom gravy. Sides include scalloped pineapple casserole, inverted sweet potato mash, tortellini salad, grilled pumpkin, grits with Gouda, cheddar and white chocolate and candied cornbread. Guests will also enjoy an array of desserts including cranberry cupcakes, pumpkin cheesecake squares with pepita, and vegan dark chocolate coconut pies.
Dinner will be followed by an entertaining combination of music, sketches, conversations and stories all centered around the November holiday. Irish storyteller Derek Coghlan will ponder the roots of Turkey Day with his usual mixture of cynicism, wit and wonder. Writer Kate Norton will profile Louisa Fatio – one of the original hosts of St. Augustine’s first Bed and Breakfasts. Co-host Tiffany Melanson will sit down with Phil McDaniel, owner of the St. Augustine Distillery, to discuss what to look for in a good bourbon. The Retreads, Swamp Radio’s sketch comedy crew, will serve up some hilarious riffs on subjects as varied as the Turkey Giblet War of 2015, the proper way to prepare for a dysfunctional family gathering, and a wacky walking ghost tour more unsettling than scary. Local writers of note (Laure Lee Smith, Ray Sharpe, and Mark Woods) will deliver blessings throughout the evening, some comic, some outrageous, and a few wistful.
This will be a truly unique gathering of local storytellers, musicians, and chefs for one unforgettable early Thanksgiving celebration!
Last years’ “Early Thanks” was a massive success and sold out in advance. A limited amount of tickets will be sold for this years’ event. Tickets are General Admission Seating and are $88.00. Purchase your tickets today! Early Bird tickets for $70.00 per person are available now through November 11 at the box offices!
Doors 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office.