The only annual event in the United States dedicated to the Southern dish of shrimp & grits returns on the weekend of September 18, on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Set in the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s landmark historic district, the ‘Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival’ includes amateur and professional cooking competitions, shrimp boat excursions, shrimp eating contests, cooking demonstrations, races, entertainment, and more.
“The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is a great time to enjoy the beauty of Jekyll Island while dining on delicious coastal cuisine caught right off the Georgia coast,” says Beth Burnsed, Director of Special Events for Jekyll Island. “We began the Shrimp & Grits Festival as a way to showcase Jekyll Island and wild Georgia shrimp. As more and more restaurants began serving shrimp & grits, we realized that we were at the forefront of a growing trend.”
September has been declared “Wild Georgia Shrimp Month” on Jekyll Island and the neighboring Golden Isles, and at the festival some of the South’s best professional and amateur chefs will compete for the award of the “Best Shrimp & Grits” recipe in the country.
Set amid Jekyll Island’s picturesque Jekyll Island Club National Landmark Historic District, the festival starts on Friday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. with a “$3 Shrimp Sample Night,” where participants will have the opportunity to taste recipes from vendors throughout the region.
Saturday, September 19 will see the Amateur Cooking Competition, which offers festival guests opportunities to taste and judge 10 shrimp & grits dishes prepared by aspiring and self-taught cooks throughout the region.
The festivities continue on Sunday, September 20, when the winner of the Professional Cooking Competition will be announced in the afternoon.
Visitors can purchase VIP tickets for $35 in advance or learn more about the weekend festivities by visiting www.jekyllisland.com/shrimpandgrits.