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Seafood Fest

  • Shelter Cove Community Park 39 Shelter Cove Lane Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928 United States (map)

10th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Shelter Cove Community Park 

Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, the family friendly headlining event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, carefully curated arts and crafts booths and more. Participating restaurants include American Culinary Federation, Benny Hudson’s, Black Marlin, Crab Group, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Mellie Mel’s, The Old Oyster Factory, Poseidon Coastal Cuisine & Rooftop Bar, Shrimp Loco, Skull Creek Boathouse, and more. Live music by Deas-Guyz and Town Mountain. 

The 10th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization helps raise money for other non-profit organizations including the Coastal Discovery Museum, The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum and Medical University of South Carolina.

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Seafood Events

Lowcountry Seafood Experiences on the Water

Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 10:00am - Fri, Feb 24, 2017, 12:00pm
Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks

Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, a two hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table.” After the work is done, guests will enjoy the fruits of their labor at Hudson’s. Times might vary based on tide conditions.

Celebrity Guest Chef Cooking Classes & Demos

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 10:00am - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 2:00pm

Tuesday, February 21, 11 am – 1 pm: $39 per person
Wednesday, February 22, 11 am – 1 pm: $39 per person
Thursday, February 23, 4 pm – 6 pm: $39 per person

*All access class pass for $99. Includes 3 classes, limited to 45 people per class.

Cultural Culinary & Heritage Dinner

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort 

Join us for a legendary celebration of coastal culinary in collaboration with the Gullah Festival, for a showcase of African influences on coastal cuisine, from North Carolina to Lousiana. Everything, from Gullah Geechee Corridor and Lowcountry, to Cajun/Creole, Floribbean and more will be showcased from some of the South’s more inspired chefs. Celebrity chefs, James Beard Foundation recognized chefs and Hilton Head Island’s best chefs will join in this heritage dinner. The ultimate Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival 10 Year Celebration event – not to be missed. 100% of proceeds from the live and silent auctions help raise funds and awareness for all the important charities that the David M. Carmines Foundation supports.

Sip, Seafood & Shop

Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:00am-2:00pm

Tanger Outlets hosts an afternoon of fun along with gourmet seafood tasting bites, wine, beer and signature cocktails, with special savings discount coupons for all attendees.

Pig Pickin' and Lowcountry Boil

Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Waddell Mariculture Center 

Join us for the quintessential, Lowcounty family-style culinary celebration, as the Island’s best chefs, celebrity guest chefs and Pitmasters prepare local shrimp, whole hogs, whole chickens, chopped BBQ and all the side dish trimmings at Waddell Mariculture Center. Wash it all down with brews, wines and signature cocktails and live music.

Seafood, Champagne & Gullah Sunday Brunch

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10:30am-3:00pm

Hudson's Seafood on the Docks
The grand finale with Gullah friends to celebrate our Island heritage. Come enjoy active culinary stations, including seafood, meat lover and vegetarian selections with champagne, mimosa, Blood Mary bar, spirits tastings, beers and more – and of course the famous Gullah Gospel.

In collaboration with the Gullah Celebration at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks with three 1 ½ Brunch Seatings: 10:30 AM, 12 PM and 1:30 PM

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Earlier Event: January 27
Hilton Head Snow Day
Later Event: March 23
Wingfest & Laser Light Show