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Aug. 20 - Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival Returns Sept. 14-16

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
 
August 20, 2018 - The annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, presented by Southern Living, returns next month after being canceled last year because of Hurricane Irma. Organizers say the festivities are back and bigger than ever for 2018, with local restaurants serving up their special shrimp and grits dishes, new guest attractions, and a cooking competition among talented chefs from around the state of Georgia.
 
Named "Best Festival" by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association, this is the only festival in Georgia dedicated to shrimp and grits that fills some 32 acres within Jekyll Island's National Historic Landmark District. Festival goers will be invited to enjoy musical performances on three stages, browse a curated Artists Market and take in lifestyle and cooking presentations, as well as wildlife features, in the Southern Living Pavilion. This year's Craft Brew Fest, presented by Southern Eagle Distributing, has a new home along the Jekyll Island riverfront and will showcase more than 50 craft beers from 20-plus regional breweries.
 
Saturday morning, chefs from popular restaurants across Georgia will vie for the coveted title of "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits." Restaurants represented in the contest include the 2016 winner and defending champion, West Egg Café, of Atlanta, as well as a returning 2016 contender, The LOCAL Kitchen:Bar, of Tifton. New challengers this year include Aubri Lane's, of Milledgeville; Eagle Creek Brewing Company, of Statesboro; Honey Café, of Millen; Southern Soul Barbeque, of St. Simons Island; and Sweet Potato Café, of Stone Mountain.
 
Festival Hours and Admission Information
 
Friday, Sept. 14, 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
General admission to the 2018 Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is free.  An overview of all festival activities, as well as ticket information for the VIP Lounge and Craft Brew Fest, can be found at www.jekyllisland.com/shrimpgrits
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