Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival Returns!

  Visit Hilton Head Island during the 2014 Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival! logo One of Hilton Head Island’s best local events takes place March 30th – April 5th….The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival combines a love for the water, food, music and family and honors the memory of Islander, David M. Carmines.

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Andrew Carmines from Hudson’s and Joe Cain from The Island Rec Center rock their oyster and crab hats!

  Carmines, son of Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks owners, Brian and Gloria Carmines and brother of Hudson’s General Manager, Andrew Carmines grew up on Hilton Head was stricken with cancer at a young age. In 2001, he passed away. This festival – presented by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation – honors his memory and his love for the water, and funds raised benefit the Island Rec Center Scholarship Fund, The American Cancer Society and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic. Learn more about David here.    

New PictureWhat started as a small seafood event with kayaking has turned into a full-fledged week of outdoor and culinary experiences. Join us on Hilton Head Island this April in celebrating our waterways, the festivals ongoing efforts (they have raised over $200,000 to date) and honoring the spirit of David Carmines!

From the website + my own local notes:

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New Picture (2) HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FEST KICK-OFF CRAWFISH BOIL PARTY AT HUDSON’S Sunday, March 30, 2014 3:00 PM-7:00 PM Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 DETAILS All You Can Eat Boiled Live Louisiana Crawfish and River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover. Exceptional craft beer brewed in Bluffton, South Carolina. Brewmaster Dan Baker and Josh Luman, Proprietor, will be at the restaurant with merchandise, prizes and most importantly the finest beers in the area. Beers include IPA, Red IPA, Kolsch, Chocolate Rye Porter and a surprise specialty brew all at discounted prices. Dan Baker, now head brewmaster at River Dog Brewing Co., has worked at legendary breweries including Deschutes Brewery in Oregon and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta. $3 Mini Shrimp Po’ Boys $4 Mini Oyster Po’ Boys $8 Soft Shell Crab Po’ Boys (pending start of season) PRICE & CONTACT INFO $15 per person ALL YOU CAN EAT $35 per person ALL YOU CAN EAT + ALL YOU CAN DRINK RIVER DOG (843) 681-2772 x100 before 5:00 PM (843) 681-2772 x113 after 5:00 PM Local Note: If you have not tried River Dog Brewing Company yet, this is a great time to start. With live music from Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band, the water views and the festival atmosphere, along with Hudson’s FANTASTIC po’boys – this event is a “can’t miss” and more-over, it’ll be fun!

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CHEF COLLABORATION DINNER WITH CLAYTON ROLLISON OF LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN + BAR AND PATRICK WARD OF HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Monday, March 31, 2014 6:30 PM – Cocktail and Appetizer Reception 7:00 PM – Dinner Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar 841 William Hilton Pkwy, Unit A South Island Square, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 DETAILS Foodies mark your calendars and reserve your spot for this exclusive 7 course dinner with wine pairings.Enjoy local seafood with two of Hilton Head Island’s most innovative chef’s. Clayton and Patrick will impress with a fun, exciting menu, featuring the freshest local seafood available. Clayton and Patrick both enjoy pushing the culinary envelope, and this guarantees to be a memorable event. The menu will be spontaneous based on temperatures, tides, etc. All wines have been donated by Jean Pierre Chambas, cancer survivor and proprietor of Aleph Wines. PRICE & CONTACT 7 courses with wine pairings $80 per person 60 seat limit Call (843) 681-3474 to reserve Local Note: Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar is the Island’s new “hot” restaurant boasting a menu that changes daily with eclectic and interesting ingredients. Think fried chicken skins, bone marrow, fresh oysters and homemade sweet potato ice cream J….a sort of Chef Hugh Acheson type-place with an emphasis on southern, seafood and local! A friend of mine and her husband just had a date night there that they described as “the best meal of their life” ….and I can testify, it’s remarkable. Owners grew up on the Island as well – which always adds a nice local touch.


Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:00 PM Picks up at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 DETAILS Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will take a few lucky islanders on a 2 hour excursion. The trip will include 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 have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor. Time might vary based on tide conditions. PRICE & CONTACT INFO $35 per person includes a complimentary soft beverage or draft beer at the restaurant. Limited availability. Call Christopher at (843) 304-2878 to reserve. Local Note: So I think this is pretty much the coolest experience you can have as a visitor or resident on Hilton Head Island! Journey onto our waterways – learn the art of shrimping – the technique of oystering – the sturdiness of clamming – and how to crab – what a true honor to the Seafood Festival. Sign up early as this will sell out! New Picture (6) SUNSET “OMAKASE” 10 COURSE SUSHI DINNER CRUISE ABOARD THE TAMMY JANE Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:30 PM Picks up at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926   DETAILS Probably the most unique event of the week, sushi master Di Wang, will prepare sushi aboard the Tammy Jane, while Captain John navigates the picturesque waters surrounding Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Di trained in California under Nobu Matsuhisa and is truly a wizard with sushi. Di will prepare an “Omakase” or “chef’s choice” menu, utilizing the finest local and imported fresh seafood. Local oysters, fish along with favorites like sea urchin, lobster and more, will be served as the sun melts into the Intracoastal Waterway. Wine and sake will be provided by Ben Arnold Beverage. In case of inclement weather, the cruise will take place on Thursday, April 3. This event is extremely limited on space, so please reserve now. PRICE & CONTACT INFO 10 courses with wine and sake $140 per person Call (843) 681-2772 x100 to reserve. Only 20 spots available! Local Note: This is a treat and a treasure having this talent and this kind of dinner on our local waterways! Sign up asap as space is limited as with only 20 spots available – this will sell out!

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE SEAFOOD FEST Friday, April 4, 2014 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Shelter Cove Community Park 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 DETAILS Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, the evening will have several restaurants serving up their seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by Deas-Guyz and a Kids Zone. Stop by after work with the whole family and enjoy the outdoors with beer, wine, great food and dancing. Deas-Guyz features an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. The range of musical selections includes Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye; Bob Marley classics; the Lover’s Rock style of Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; to the Hip-Hop sounds of Lauren Hill and R. Kelly. PRICE & CONTACT INFO Admission is $6. Free for kids under 10. Food/beverages available for purchase (843) 681-7273 Local Note: Always fun for families, the Kids area features bouncy houses, castles, crab races and more. Plenty of food on-site to grab dinner and drinks with music from legendary locals, Deas-Guyz.  Family friendly and community atmosphere…plenty of bike parking too!

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THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FEST Saturday, April 5, 2014 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Shelter Cove Community Park 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 DETAILS Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, the family friendly event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by The Headliners, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, and more. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s, American Culinary Federation, Black Marlin, Bluffton Oyster Co., The Chart House, Cool Breeze, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Island Kettle Corn, The Old Oyster Factory, Pinot Gelato, Red Fish, Skull Creek Boathouse and Street Meet. Music by The Headliners. Whether your preference is Big Band, the Classic 50’s and 60’s Rock and Roll, Beach Music, Motown, Disco Hits from the 70’s to Hits from the 90’s, get ready to dance! PRICE & CONTACT INFO Admission is $6. Free for kids under 10. Food/beverages available for purchase (843) 681-7273 Whether you are a visitor or a local, join the David M. Carmines Family and their Foundation in honoring their son and raising money for cancer while enjoying all that Hilton Head Island has to offer. From culinary delights, to exciting excursions to a family friendly festival, there’s so much to do during the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival – come join us!

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