September 19-21, 2014

Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival celebrates the delicious sweet taste of Wild Georgia Shrimp and the beauty of Jekyll Island. Since its inaugural year in 2006, the festival has been satisfying hungry appetites and pleasing audiences with a variety of shrimp-related fun.

SGlogo_withSLFrom never-ending options of shrimp and grits dishes and guest chef demonstrations, to live music, and a Craft Brew Tasting, the annual Shrimp & Grits: Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is a true playground for good (and tasty) times.

Whether you plan to eat your way through the festival with the many shrimp & grits vendor booths, would rather shop to your heart’s content with the arts and crafts showcase, or want to bounce the weekend away at the Kids Fun Zone, there is something for everyone at this 8th annual foodie fest.

These three days of food, friends and family-fun start with the $3 Sample Night on September 19, then continue on September 20 and 21 with more food vendors, live music and performances, cooking demonstrations from skilled chefs, and plenty of games, activities and even pony rides in the Kids Fun Zone. Coinciding with the outdoor fun is the  Craft Brew Tasting, set up in the (air-conditioned) Morgan Center, offering dozens of beer varieties from the Southern Eagle Distributors line-up.


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VIP Experience

Looking to up the ante? Purchase your VIP experience now.

Register for Event· Admission to the VIP tent experience featuring Southern Living “Sip and See” and “Beer and Bourbon” cocktail hours with Southern Living editors and special guests.
· Three tickets for Friday nights “$3 Sample Night”
· Two tickets for lunch or dinner from festival Prime Food Vendors
· One entry into Craft Brew Tasting presented by Southern Eagle Distributing
· One pound bag of Stone Ground Grits from Logan Turnpike Mill
· Commemorative festival poster featuring artist Alexandra Nicole Newton
· Southern Living swag bag filled with goodies from across Georgia’s nine regions
· One cookbook, What’s for Supper: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals by Vanessa Rocchio.
· Jekyll Island parking pass
· VIP parking pass adjacent to festival

Cost $95 per person. Value is $200 per person



Pro & Amateur Cooking Competitions

Amateur Chef Cooking Competition
Saturday, September 20th

• Win $800, $500, $300 for Amateur Consumer Choice Award!
• Located in large tent behind the Morgan Center
• Cooking Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Judging Time: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
• Consumer Choice Judging Panel: 1:30 p.m. Awards for Amateur Cooking Competition on Main Stage: 3:00 p.m.

Professional Chef Cooking Competition
Sunday, September 21st

• Win $2000, $1000, $500 for Professional Consumer Choice Award!
• Located in large tent behind the Morgan Center
• Cooking Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Blind Judging Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
• Consumer Choice Judging Panel: 1:30 p.m.
Awards for Professional Cooking Competition on Main Stage: 3:00 p.m.

Cooking Competition Consumer
Choice Judging Panels:

IMG_0648Become a guest judge for one of the festivals two Cooking Competitions.Hurry, spaces are limited and going fast Register for Eventfor guests to form the Consumer Choice Panels to tastes, judge and vote for the top classic coastal cuisine created by amateur and professional competitors.

• Cost $30.00 per day, per judge
• Limited to 30 judges per day
• Spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

(If spaces are still available on the day of competition, they may be purchased at the Festival’s Guest Information Tent.)

All registered participants must bring a printed receipt and check-in at the “Consumer Choice” sign located at the Cooking Competition Tent, behind the Morgan Center at 1:00 p.m. on the day of their assigned judging panel. Judging starts at 1:30 p.m.

Shrimp-and-Grits-Festival-Entry-Alexandra-Nicole-NewtonMeet the Official Poster Artist

The people have spoken and via an online voting contest Alexandra Nicole Newton was picked out of five creative posters and deemed The Official Artist for this year’s Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival.

Alexandra Nicole Newton

Growing up on St. Simons Island has greatly influenced my artistic style. I have been painting since elementary school and I studied under Dorothy McClain (a St. Simons Island artist and instructor) for over a decade.

IMG_6787I enjoy working with a wide range of techniques and mediums including watercolors, oils, acrylics, and even driftwood and seashells. Regardless–nature has always been the focal point of my art. I grew up surrounded by the best kind of inspiration: white sand beaches, winding tidal creeks, and vibrant marshes. This environment also led me to develop a deep appreciation for wildlife and all our coastal flora and fauna.

I graduated from University of Georgia with degrees in Wildlife Biology and Fisheries Science but I never stopped pursuing my love of art. I hope that through my art, I can instill an appreciation for nature and wildlife in others. My wish is to give others a passion for preserving nature and to promote the conservation of coastal ecosystems and marine life.


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