Seafood Festival

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Calling all foodies! The 11th 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-wining chefs, local culinary stars, celebrated winemakers and brewmasters to breathtaking waterside venues February 19-25, 2018.

Offering exclusive travel and ticket packages, booking a stay at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resortor 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 Resort

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 2018 Seafood Festival Stay & Play 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 Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Resort Home & Villa Partner

With festival packages starting at $65 per person per night, stay at Palmetto Dunes and enjoy a 3-night stay in a 2-bedroom resort view villa. Plus, receive general admission tickets to the Seafood Festival on Saturday, February 24; 30% discounts on other event tickets; a $50 Resort Gift Card; and much more.
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Lowcountry Seafood Experiences on the Water


Join two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, on a two-hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table,” and after the work is done, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor at Hudson’s. Times might vary based on tide conditions.

$69 per person includes a complimentary soft beverage or draft beer at the restaurant. Limited availability.

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

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Pitmaster 101: Whole Hog Preparation and the Secret Sauce

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 | 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Learn from the best of the best! While our guest pitmasters prepare for the upcoming Pig Pickin’ + Oyster Roast event, you’ll 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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James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM

New this year! Award-winning James Beard Foundation Chefs serve up the ultimate culinary tour de force at Hilton Head Island’s first-ever Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner—complete with a special VIP Premier Patron ticket. As a VIP Premier Patron, you’ll enjoy a private “Meet & Greet” Champagne reception with some of the culinary world’s star chefs and sommeliers. This event has very limited ticket availability.

Location: OMNI Hilton Head Island Resort

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Pig Pickin’ + Oyster Roast

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Join us for the Lowcountry’s quintessential 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. Wash it all down with brews, wines, signature cocktails, and live music.

Location: Waddell Mariculture Center

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11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 | 11:00AM – 5:00PM

This family-friendly headlining event features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, in addition to a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, carefully curated arts and crafts booths, and more. Live music by Deas-Guyz and Friends. There’s also a limited number of tickets to the always sold-out VIP Lounge, which features a catered gourmet experience with its own bars and access to private parking.

Location: Honey Horn Plantation

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Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Sunday Brunch

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018 | 10:30AM – 1:30PM

Live music, a bottomless Bloody Mary bar, and succulent seafood collide for the perfect waterfront experience. The special menu is filled with southern classics as well as new dishes, along with a raw bar and beverage stations. It’s a colorful, full-on flavor brunch!

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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