Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival Did you know that Amelia Island is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry? Come celebrate the local catch each spring at this iconic event. Restaurants Open on Christmas Day, 2018 Posted on December 07, 2018 Looking to dine out on Amelia Island while visiting this Christmas? Here are some options, from exquisite feasts to quick options to enjoy in between celebrations. Read Post » Ring in 2019 on Amelia Island Posted on December 03, 2018 From a football game to an illuminated crustacean to four-star fine dining and celebrating, there's nowhere like Amelia Island to close out 2018 in style. Read Post » PACK THE PERFECT PICNIC BASKET DISCOVER THE SPROUTING PROJECT Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 2016. JACQUES PEPIN's TAKE ON LOCAL SHRIMP...AND PETANQUE Spotlight: Coast Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Coast is a “Modern American” eatery that celebrates local fishermen, farmers and craftsmen by using their products, from fresh seafood, to produce, to hand-made pottery from crafted and cultivated in our area. Amelia Island Culinary Academy Join Chef Bill Thompson for weekly Farmers Market tours, followed by themed cooking demos using the locally-sourced ingredients.