Seafood Festival

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Calling all foodies! The 13th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a family-friendly, week-long culinary and cultural celebration showcasing the very best in savory eats, crafted cocktails, gourmet wines and more. Over the course of seven days, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy dishes prepared by celebrity guest chefs, barbecue from some of the best of Southern pitmasters, hands-on cooking demos, eclectic tastings, live music and much more!

Each February, passionate seafood, barbeque and spirits lovers descend on Hilton Head Island for the area’s largest culinary festival of its kind. This year, the festival will welcome some of the finest award-winning chefs, local culinary stars, celebrated winemakers and brewmasters to breathtaking waterside venues February 24- March 1, 2020.

Offering exclusive travel and ticket packages, booking a stay at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort or Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort allows for an effortless and complete culinary and Island experience. Stay among the excitement of the Island’s first ever James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour with stay and play packages offered from the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, the Festival’s host hotel. Or, book a home or villa with four or more culinary adventure seekers and package offerings from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. See below for details on these exclusive Festival accommodations packages.

Festival Accommodations

OMNI Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Official Host Resort

Stay at the OMNI Hilton Head, our Official Host Resort, and enjoy special discount rates with the 2020 Seafood Festival Deluxe Package or the James Beard Premier Package. You’ll also receive private access to sugar-sand beaches and the many premier amenities of the largest resort on Hilton Head Island.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

4 days /3 nights in a resort view villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Two VIP tickets the Seafood Festival on Saturday, February 29, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Limited availability.
Two tickets to the Alexander's Lowcountry Supper OR a $200 gift card to Alexander's Restaurant & Wine Bar located in Palmetto Dunes Resort
A special Palmetto Dunes Resort Seafood Festival VIP Swag Bag with Palmetto Dunes logo gear and more!
4-day bike rentals for two from Hilton Head Outfitters located in Palmetto Dunes Resort
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Lowcountry Seafood Experiences on the Water

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020, 10:00 AM – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020, 2:00PM

A two hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing with a couple of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Captain Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker. 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 Seafood House on the Docks. Times might vary based on tide and weather conditions.

Tours are running daily Monday, February 24 - 28, 2020. Three tours are available each day: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. $89 Per Person (Includes tour, beverage and culinary tastings at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks)

Location: Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks 
Call Christopher at (843) 304-2878 to reserve.

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Pitmaster 101

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 | 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Learn from the Best of the Best! While our guest pitmaster Bryan Furman of B's Cracklin' BBQ prepares for the upcoming Pig Pickin' & Oyster Roast event, you will learn techniques and get to taste a preview of what's to come. This is a limited class size event.

Location: Waddell Mariculture Center

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Friends of James Beard Southern Supper 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Award-winning James Beard Foundation Chefs offer the ultimate culinary tour de force at Hilton Head Island's Out of the Ocean Friends of James Beard Southern Supper, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM hosted by the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort at The Shorehouse.

The James Beard Foundation's dinner series brings a taste of what happens at the James Beard House in New York City to our Island home. One-night-only, multi-course, line-to-table dinner with wine pairings featuring a diverse group of James Beard Foundation Award winners and nominees. Truly an extraordinary evening for this premier seafood event!

Your ticket includes the ultimate experience, our patrons will enjoy a "Meet & Greet" Champagne Reception from 6:00 - 7:00 PM with the chefs and sommeliers joining us for the evening. Get up close and personal with some of the true experts in the culinary and beverage world. This event has very limited ticket availability.

In celebrating our chefs, respectful dress contributes to the ambiance, while their is no official dress code for this event, we do recommend professional or cocktail attire. 

Location: The Shorehouse at The OMNI Hilton Head Island Resort

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Celebrity Chef Master Classes | Chef William Dissen of Haymaker

Friday, February  28, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join visiting Chef William Dissen of Haymaker in Asheville for a special Master Class. From his upbringings in the hills and mountains of Appalachia, multi-award winning Chef William Dissenhas a focus on fresh, healthy and sustainable food. At his restaurants across North Carolina — Haymaker, THE MARKET PLACE, and BILLY D’S FRIED CHICKEN — he works with a network of local farms, artisan producers, and sustainable fishermen to produce acclaimed food for his guests. When he’s not creating menus in his restaurant kitchens, you can find him enjoying the outdoors with his family or working with his community and with policy makers to help create positive change through good food.

Location: Alexander's Restaurant 

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Pig Pickin’ + Oyster Roast

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM

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. 

Guest Chefs and Pitmasters Include: Elliott Moss, Pitmaster + Co-Owner Buxton Hall, Pitmaster Bryan Furman of B's Cracklin' BBQ, Chef David Carrier of Certified Burgers & Beverage, Chef Benjamin Dennis, Gullah Geechee Culinary Artist, Chef Tim Nelson of One Hot Mama's, Chef Brandon Carter of FARM Bluffton, Chef & Author Brian Noyes, Red Truck Bakery, Chef Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster Co. & Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks and many more!

Location: Waddell Mariculture Center

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13th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Held at Honey Horn Plantation, the family friendly headlining event features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, five-story Ferris wheel, expanded kids activities, David M. Carmines Foundation Silent Auction, Beer Garden, Artisan Market, Celebrity Chef and Mixology Demonstrations and more. Featured Restaurants include Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, The Crazy Crab, Red Fish, The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar, Old Oyster Factory, FARM Bluffton, Fish Seafood & Raw Bar, Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Carolina Crab Company, SERG Restaurant Group, Alexander's Restaurant & Wine Bar, Local Pie, Hilton Head Ice Cream and more! Live music by Deas-Guyz from Noon to 4:00 pm. Free Admission to Children under 10 years of age.  Tickets are $10.00 per person (age 10 and older). There is NO additional cost for parking at Honey Horn Plantation. 

The VIP Lounge will offer a limited numbers of tickets for 2020. The lounge was the ultimate experience last year and completely sold out well in advance.  The VIP Lounge ticket will include the following: access to the VIP Lounge area from 11:00am - 5:00pm, catering by Hudson’s Seafood House on the Dock and complementary beverages at the private bar including beer, wine and spirit

Location: Honey Horn

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Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Sunday Brunch

SUNDAY, March 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Music, bottomless Bloody Mary Bar, champagne and brunch collide for the perfect waterfront experience! The special menu is filled with southern classics as well as new dishes, along with raw bar and modern takes on culinary classics - it’s a colorful, full-on flavor experience! 

Select from one of three available seatings for brunch on Sunday. Tickets area available for 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

Location: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

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All persons must be of legal drinking age or older to attend most events. No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues. Any advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice. All tickets sales are final and non-refundable. All events are rain or shine, and event programs are subject to change without notice.

Presented by Publix, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation—a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps raise money for other non-profit organizations throughout the state of South Carolina.

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