Clearwater Historical Society Fish Fries are held on the first Saturday of May and the first Saturday of November.

The next fish fry is Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Ross Norton Complex, 1426 South Martin Luther King Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children.

Fish Fry History

How it started: The first Clearwater Historical Society fish fries were held in the early ’80s on the front lawn of the Plumb House, with tables and chairs borrowed from the First United Methodist Church in downtown Clearwater. Over the years they have been held at St. Cecilia’s School, Clearwater High School, and most recently at Ross Norton Recreation Complex. With luck, we hope to host fish fries at our own museum at South Ward School in the near future.

The fixin’s: Crispy catfish prepared by our fish fryin’ experts is accompanied by creamy coleslaw, cheese grits, hush puppies and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Wash it all down with a sweet iced tea.
The fish: Mullet was the original fare at early CHS fish fries. Once upon a time, it was readily available locally and provided protein when other sources were in short supply or beyond a family’s budget. Mullet fish fries were very popular with many local organizations and employee groups in Clearwater for years. With changes in water access, over-fishing, and netting laws, mullet has become expensive and less readily available. We now cook catfish; it’s more sustainable and just as tasty.