HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (January 23, 2020) -- The 13th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, February 24 – March 1, 2020 was recently named one of the 10 Best Food & Wine Festivals in the Southeast by USA Today. According to Andrew Carmines, president of the David M. Carmines Foundation, “It’s quite an honor to be recognized in the same company with the other festivals on this list. We work really hard to create events during the festival that elevate Hilton Head Island and the region’s culinary profile, and at the same time remaining authentic to our heritage and sustainable seafood and foodways. We are extremely proud of the festival and that it has been able to achieve this national recognition.” One hundred percent of the festival’s proceeds benefit the David M. Carmines Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded by the Carmines family, which in turn donates its proceeds to other local charities, such as Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over $200,000 was donated to participating non-profits in 2019 with over 5 million dollars in new economic impact to the local area during the month of February each year. Festival organizers are planning for an even bigger festival this year, with some great new events, including some exciting happenings for the main event, which takes place on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Events are selling out quickly, guests are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival has grown into a weeklong celebration for the coastal region – and now offers much more than just seafood. The festival provides a variety of events, from gourmand and cultural experiences, to the family friendly main event and more. It offers an exciting mix of where culinary and island heritage meets Lowcountry. Several events include local and celebrity guest chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, local seafood, artisans, musicians and more – all on Hilton Head Island, February 24 – March 1, 2020.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: *event schedule and talent subject to change, the complete schedule is also available online at www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com

NOTE: Final discounted tickets only available through January 31, 2020

Monday, February 24 – Friday, March , 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water | Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks Let the Lowcountry’s most notable watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, lead you on a tour on the water while learning the ins and outs of shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. At the end of the day, enjoy your catch at Hudson’s. LIMITED Availability left for times on each day. Wednesday, February 26, 4 – 6 p.m., At Table Seaside, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort Join some of the culinary world’s most respected chefs, authors and industry experts, for an afternoon full of dynamic discussion about the biggest trends in food and drink – and get to meet the tastemakers, while tasting and drinking oceanside. In a panel discussion, panelists will include, Vishwesh Bhatt, Toni Tipton-Martin, David Shields, Barton Seaver and Robert Simonson, cocktail & drinks writer with the New York Times. The discussion led by moderator, Clayton Rollison, with The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar on Hilton Head Island. James Beard Foundation, award-winning chefs/authors and more will take the stage to discuss topics like sustainable change, Gullah-Geechee heritage ingredients, pushing the culinary envelope, local seafood, restaurant trends and more. Guests will enjoy beverages and culinary tastings from Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster and Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and BJ Dennis, Gullah Geechee Culinary Artist, Phillippe Feret, The Social Bakery and Tim Nelson, The Whiskey Room. Tickets: $29 per person.

Thursday, February 27, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pitmaster 101, Waddell Mariculture Center Learn the technique of smoking from Atlanta’s BBQ king, Bryan Furman, B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Michael Sullivan, American Butcher and Robert Owens, Grand Champion BBQ, Atlanta, GA. Get the secret sauce and smoke, while they prepare for Friday’s Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast.

Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort The James Beard Foundation house on tour, at the Omni’s oceanfront Pavilion with celebrity guest chefs, Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS; Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, IL; Jon Buck, Husk Greenville, SC; William Dissen, Haymaker, The Market Place, Charlotte/Asheville, NC; Clayton Rollison, The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head Island, SC. Lucas Cheek and Selena Delaney are the Omni host chefs with reception chefs including: Michael Sullivan, American Butcher, Birmingham, AL; Andrew Carmines, Hudson’s & Shell Ring Oyster Company; Sean Carroll, Alexander’s and Chaun Bescos, Wiseguys. Friday, February 28, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Master Class Celebrity Chef & Beverage Demonstrations, at The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar: 11:30 a.m. Barton Seaver, Portland, ME; 1:30 p.m. Brian Hart Hoffman, Hoffman Media. Friday, February 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Pig Pickin’ + Oyster Roast, Waddell Mariculture Center An event sure to be a sell-out once again – this quintessential waterfront, Lowcountry progressive tasting for adults (cocktails, wine, beer, barbecue, oysters and much more) is a sensory indulgence likened to kids being in a candy store. Fresh oysters, whole hogs and chickens, and juicy BBQ are prepared by the best of the best of the culinary world. Keep your whistle wet with brews, wine, and signature cocktails and dance the night away to live music. Some of the Lowcountry’s best bartenders will be competing for the best cocktail – judged this year, by Robert Simonson, with the New York Times. Saturday, February 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 13th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, Honey Horn Plantation The headlining event with over 40+ food booths, drink tastings, artisans, activities, and booths perfect for the entire and family. Take part in a silent auction and swing by arts and crafts booths in between your meals. Participating restaurants include: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Island Fudge Shoppe, Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill, Local Pie, Fish, SERG Restaurant Group, A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant, Hilton Head Ice Cream, Aunt Cilada’s, Fishcamp On Broad Creek, Melly Mel’s, Crazy Crab, Carolina Crab Company, The Darling Oyster Bar, Grand Champion BBQ and more.

  • Live music from 11 am to 1:30 pm on the Music Stage featuring Deas Guyz; 2 – 4 pm featuring Pretty Darn.

  • The Taste of the South Cooking Demo Stage features chef and beverage demonstrations/tastings at 12:00 pm, with Barton Seaver and Charlie Russo; 1 pm with Daniel Schumacher, Taste of the South Magazine; 2 pm with Paul Fehribach, Big Jones Restaurant, Chicago, IL; 3 pm Demonstration – TBD.

NEW this year – celebrity author’s book signings will be adjacent to the Taste of the South Cooking Demo Stage. NEW VIP Lounge this year - presented by Atlanta Magazine, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort and catered by Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks and Sysco: The VIP Lounge offers guests a chance to lounge from the crowds with comfy seating, a full bar which includes cocktails, wine, beer and a fully catered experience. NEW RIDES & GAMES THIS YEAR at Saturday Seafood Festival:Family Friendly Rides: Exciting carnival midway rides – including rides for the entire family: NEW 50’ Gondola, Carousel and a variety of carnival games, rides range in price from $2 - $5

NEW EVENT: Saturday, February 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival Official After Party, at Palmetto Bay Marina A great way to unwind after a day of fun at the festival. The Carolina Crab Company and the Black Marlin will host their monthly oyster roast with great food, music and after-party fun. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Sunday, March 1, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Brunch, Hudson’s Seafood Wrap up the weekend the southern way with a filling, waterfront Sunday brunch. Choose from a selection of seafood on the raw bar and brunch favorites from BJ Dennis and Bridgette Frazier, along with the bottomless Bloody Mary bar. Limited tickets left available.

To purchase tickets and for more details go to HiltonHeadSeafoodFestival.com.

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