Seafood Festival

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Calling all foodies! The 15th 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 21- 27, 2022.

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

If you are looking for the best hotels in Hilton Head, you won't want to miss our Official Host Hotel, the stunning Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Located on sugar sand beaches off the coast of South Carolina and home to select festival events, the Omni offers an array of packages that allow you to book your trip with tickets to our best events. As part of the prestigious Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort community, the Omni offer access to an 11-mile lagoon system with bike trails, tennis courts and three championship golf courses. Paired with sparkling pools and delicious dining, you will be captivated by this perfect getaway.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is located at the heart of Hilton Head Island, named the #1 Beach Town in the US by Parents Magazine. Palmetto Dunes’ three miles of sun-kissed Atlantic Ocean beachfront provide the perfect venue for three world-class golf courses, vacation rentals, a full-service marina, and an 11-mile lagoon system. The resort enjoys a well-earned reputation for creating unforgettable vacation experiences for the entire family. It’s no coincidence, as vacationers return year after year, many decide to make Palmetto Dunes their permanent residence.
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Daufuskie Island History and Artisans Excursions 

Outside is excited to offer Daufuskie Island History and Artisans Excursions as a part of the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival.

Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, and accessible only by boat, Daufuskie Island is a real gem. This trip provides a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of Lowcountry history on the undeveloped side of the island. Visit several one-of-a-kind places, including the First African Baptist Church, the Praise House, Mary Fields School (memorialized in Pat Conroy’s ‘The Water is Wide’) and the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse. Tour studios and meet local artisans at Silver Dew Pottery and The Iron Fish, home to Martha Stewart American Made winner Chase Allen. Learn the rich history of the Native Americans, European settlers, the cotton trade, the Gullah people and the locals who have chosen to make this remote island their home. Tour includes boat cruise from Hilton Head Island, USCG licensed Captain and interpretive naturalist/historian guide, golf cart, light snack and refreshment.

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Lowcountry Experiences on the Water

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.


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Salt Water Supper

Embark on a culinary adventure featuring seafood creations made with globally-influenced flavors, and enjoy a dining experience on the surf. Your evening begins at the event's reception where you will indulge in champagne alongside a vast display of hors d'oeuvres. At 6:30, guests are invited into the oceanside dining area where each course is expertly prepared by one of our Celebrity Chefs and paired with one of the wineries' flagship vintages and varietals. Join us and dine with the tide for a celebratory dinner that showcases impeccable cuisine, sustainable seafood, cultural dishes and more. Limited to just 200 people.

Multi-course dinner is Inspired by the ocean, but not exclusive to seafood. Festive to semi-formal attire encouraged.



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Pig Pickin' + Oyster Roast

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 Coastal Discovery Museum. Wash it all down with brews, wines and signature cocktails and live music. 

Guest Chefs and Pitmasters Include: Pitmaster Bryan Furman of B's Cracklin' BBQ, Chef Tim Nelson of Whiskey Room, Robert Owens of Grand Champion BBQ, Matthew Raiford The CheFarmer, Chef Brandon Carter of FARM Bluffton, Del Sur Artisan Eats of St. Simons Island, Jake Wood of Lawrence BBQ in North Carolina, Philippe Feret, Owner/Baker Social Bakery, Christopher Hathcock, Executive Chef Husk Savannah, Ryan Fennessey, Head Baker Sprout Momma, The Sea Pines Resort, Executive Chef Scott Bodkin of Fish, Lee Lucier of Local Pie, Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster Co. & Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks and many more!


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15th Anniversary Saturday Seafood Festival

The festival’s main event will be held at the iconic, Shelter Cove Harbour + Marina from 1:00 - 4:30 PM. This 15th Anniversary “port of call” for 2022 is designed to transport the ambiance of the Spanish architecture and stunning harbor views, lending an unmistakable charm and beauty to an incredible afternoon of food and drink.  This event offers samplings from more than 100 food and beverage vendors. Two stages of live entertainment from music to celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and wine, beer and cocktail seminars, featuring award-winning cocktails and cookbook signings.

Your Saturday Seafood Ticket includes:

  • Saturday Daytime Festival Access

  • Souvenir Wine Glass

  • All Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Tastings are included with your ticket

  • $10 Food Credit to be used at any participating Restaurant

  • Access to: Food from Top Restaurants, Retailers and Artisans products for purchase

  • Cooking demos with the industry's most innovative and engaging chefs

  • Guided tasting sessions from Master Sommeliers, mixologists, winemakers and brewmasters

  • Ticket price includes all beverage tastings from 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

Rain or shine, we will dine! Must be 21 or older to attend all events. Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly. All experiences will strictly adhere to current health and safety guidelines from the State of South Carolina, CDC and WHO.


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Seafood & Champagne Sunday Brunch

Whether you’re a local, new to the Lowcountry, or just visiting, our brunch is the perfect end to your weekend! Unwind and enjoy a mimosa or Bloody Mary along the docks. This special menu is filled with southern classics as well as new dishes. It’s a colorful, full-on flavor experience with proceeds benefitting the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation.

Tickets are NOT required. Seatings are first come first serve. Brunch will feature live music from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

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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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