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.



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.



woo_posterVote For the Official Festival Poster

There’s a new ingredient added to this year’s Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival. For the first time, the poster for this year’s festival will be awarded to that special artist who submits the best artwork determined by the online voting public. Artists from around the region submitted their vision for official Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival poster and Jekyll Island and we are down to the final 5 .

To vote, please visit facebook or click here.

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