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Hospitality & Tourism

Feb. 20 - 10th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Category: Hospitality & Tourism

Beth Eastham, BBJ Editor

February 20, 2017 - The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, presented by Publix, is bringing an expanded week of culinary and beverage activities to Hilton Head Island, February 20 - 26, 2017 - marking its 10th year. A full week is planned for foodies and families alike, from culinary workshops and Lowcountry adventures on the water, to the family-friendly main event on Saturday with a new VIP Lounge, Kids Zone, Artisan Market, celebrity chef demonstrations and music from the acclaimed Town Mountain bluegrass band and Deas-Guyz. 

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2017 Festival Final Schedule: 

Lowcountry Seafood Experiences on the Water & Educational Sessions: 

Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Coastal Culinary & Heritage Dinner, Thursday, February 23, 2017  

(5:30 VIP Meet & Greet with Chef Frank Lee & Gullah Singer, Marlena Smalls), 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort with music from the Martin Lesch, Maggie & Jackson Evans Trio An inspired coastal heritage collaboration with the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration and the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program showcasing Gullah Geechee Chef BJ Dennis from Charleston, Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force chefs Matthew Beaudin (Monterey Bay Aquarium), William Dissen (The Market Place, Asheville, NC), Nico Romo (Charleston, SC), acclaimed author and chef Frank Lee from Charleston, SC along with chefs from Savannah and Hilton Head Island. The delicious interactive evening (walk around tasting format) with a purpose will explore African influence on coastal cuisine from South Carolina to Louisiana--and kick off a "west meets east" coastal alignment designed to deepen the understanding of sustainable practices, Hilton Head Island to Monterey County and beyond.

Pig Pickin' & Oyster Roast, Friday, February 24, 2017, 6 - 9 pm, Waddell Mariculture Center 

The quintessential Lowcountry celebration takes place waterfront this year, with award-winning local and celebrity guest chefs and some of the South's most acclaimed Pitmasters and Chefs: Bryan Furman, B's Cracklin' BBQ, Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert's Underground and Gilberts Social, FL, Orchid Paulmeier, One Hot Mama's, HHI, SC. Guests will enjoy local oysters, whole hogs, chicken, Brunswick stew and more - not to mention, mouth-watering, locally-sourced sides. Wash it all down with limitless brews, wines, signature cocktails and music by the Asheville, NC based bluegrass band, Town Mountain. A Live Auction and fun, wine & whiskey pull will provide plenty of great opportunities to win some luxury and travel items at great prices. NEW this year - the HHI Seafood Festival People's Choice Cocktail Competition, where guests get to vote for their favorite cocktail from the area's best bartenders in the five official spirit categories. Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival New VIP Lounge, and Combo Discount Ticket Packages for the Seafood Festival available.

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Shelter Cove Park The family friendly headlining event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, a Kids Zone, new Artisan Market, Chef Cooking Demonstration Stage and more. Participating restaurants include the Black Marlin, The Crazy Crab, Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, B's Cracklin' BBQ, Bluffton Oyster Company Seafood House, The Old Oyster Factory, Poseidon Coastal Cuisine & Rooftop Bar, Red Fish, Skull Creek Boathouse, American Culinary Federation and more. Live music by Deas-Guyz and Town Mountain. PRICE: Adult Admission is $7 at the Gate; FREE for Kids 10 and under Food/Beverage tickets available for purchase separately 

Saturday Cooking Demo Stage Schedule, presented by Eat It and Like It, Atlanta Magazine and Jacksonville Magazine: 

12:30 - 1:30 PM: Orchid Paulmeier, Executive Chef/Partner, One Hot Mama'sHilton Head Island, SC "Ginger & Soy Shrimp Skewers over Carolina Gold Cashew Pineapple Fried Rice" 

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Benjamin (BJ) Dennis, Gullah Geechee Culinary Artist Charleston, SC, "A Taste of Gullah" 

3:30 - 4:30 PM: Clayton Rollison, Executive Chef/Owner, The Lucky Rooster, Hilton Head Island, SC "Pickled Shrimp with Rice and Pea Salad" 

Music Stage Schedule, presented by the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette: 

11:45 - 2:15 PM: Deas-Guyz 

2:45 - 5 PM: Town Mountain Band  

VIP Lounge, presented by Publix - Unbelievable Value: $49 Advance Discount, catered and unlimited spirits, wines and beer VIP Lounge Package! Includes Adult Admission to Seafood Festival; additional 15 Food/Beverage Booth Tasting Tickets, $1 each - $15 value; unlimited beverage tasting wristbands, for limitless wine, beer and spirit samples in catered VIP Lounge - located in the covered Pavilion, next to the entertainment stage. 

POP-UP Sunday Brunch:

Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks with Gullah Singer, Marlena Smalls Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3 PM The grand finale with Gullah friends to help celebrate Island heritage with active culinary stations, including seafood, raw bar, meat lover and vegetarian selections. Tickets include Champagne, Mimosas, Bloody Mary Bar, spirits tastings, beers and more - and some famous Gullah Gospel music. *Very limited ticket availability.

The Festival is proud to announce Publix as its Presenting Sponsor and the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort as its Official Host Hotel. For tickets and the most updated information on the 2017 Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, please visit

The festival has many volunteer opportunities available, some positions include behind the scenes access to celebrity guests and more, please sign up online at: Volunteer Sign-Up. About the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival The 10th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, produced by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501-c 3 non-profit organization helps raise money for other non-profit organizations, including MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, the American Cancer Society, the Gullah Celebration's Gullah Institute. The David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation was established by the Carmines family, owners of Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks restaurant, in memory of their son; the seafood festival is the organization's largest fundraiser.


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