Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a family friendly, week-long culinary and cultural tourism event with local seafood, special events, celebrity guest chefs and master culinary classes, live music and more. 

The annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by Publix helps raise money for the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, Gullah Institute, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Coastal Discovery Museum and the Medical University of South Carolina. The David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation was established by the Carmines family, owners of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, in memory of their son, and the seafood festival is the organization’s main fundraiser.

2018 Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival Event Highlights

Lowcountry Seafood Experiences on the Water – Monday, February 19 – Thursday, February 22, 2018
A two hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing with a couple of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, 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. Times might vary based on tide conditions. $69 per person includes a complimentary soft beverage or draft beer at the restaurant. Limited availability. Call Christopher at (843) 304-2878 to reserve.


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 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, Jw Mariculture Road, Bluffton, SC 29910

James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour – Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm
New this year! Award-winning James Beard Foundation Chefs offer the ultimate culinary tour de force at Hilton Head Island’s first ever Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner, Thursday, February 22 hosted by the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. The festival will be offering a special VIP Premier Patron ticket for the dinner. The ultimate experience, our VIP patrons will enjoy a private “Meet & Greet” Champagne reception 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.
Location: Omni Hilton Head Island Resort

Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast – Friday, February 23, 2018 | 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.
Location: Waddell Mariculture Center, Jw Mariculture Road, Bluffton, SC 29910

11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival – Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Held at Honey Horn Plantation, the family friendly headlining event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, carefully curated arts and crafts booths and more. Participating restaurants include American Culinary Federation, Benny Hudson’s, Black Marlin, Crab Group, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Melly Mel’s, The Old Oyster Factory, Poseidon Coastal Cuisine & Rooftop Bar, Skull Creek Boathouse, and more. Live music by Deas-Guyz and Friends. 

The VIP Lounge will offer a limited numbers of tickets for 2018. The lounge was the ultimate experience last year and completely sold out well in advance.  The VIP Lounge will be located in a private area, catered gourmet experience with its own bars and will also receive access to one the festival’s two private parking lots at Honey Horn Plantation (one parking badge per household). 
Location: Honey Horn Plantation

Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Sunday Brunch – Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 10:30am – 1:30pm
Live music, bottomless Bloody Mary Bar 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 beverage stations – it’s a colorful, full-on flavor experience!
Location: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

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