Shrimp & Grits Festival on Jekyll Island
A weekend celebration of two of Georgia's most beloved foods - shrimp and grits. The festival features a cook-off, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and a kid‐friendly fun zone. This festival is a must-see for any food lover.
This year, Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival will partner with Southern Living magazine to make the annual festival even more exciting! Now in its 8th year, this fall favorite weekend combines the classic Southern dish with family-friendly entertainment and a Craft Brew Tasting by Southern Eagle Distributors. Come try your hand at a shrimp-eating contest, or sample our professional and amateur chef competitions. Crafts vendors, live music, celebrity chef cooking demos and plenty of tasty dishes come together to make this annual foodie fest a Jekyll favorite. We promise you won’t leave hungry! This year’s fest also brings the new Southern Living Presents: Singer in the Round concert, live at the pier.
Set in the Jekyll Island Historic District, Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival provides a laid-back, relaxed Southern atmosphere complimentary of delicious coastal cuisine and great entertainment.
Once arriving, plan on spending an entire day enjoying a variety of entertainment, shopping at numerous vendors, and dining on Georgia shrimp. Vendors selling shrimp and grits dishes represent some of our best local restaurants. Still hungry? Help judge our Amateur or Professional Cooking Competition. The exclusive Competition Consumer Choice Panel is open to the first 30 registrants per day and offers panelists the opportunity to taste a variety of shrimp and grits dishes.
The Shrimp & Grits Festival is fun for all ages and entry is free. In 2011, the Shrimp & Grits Festival received “Best Festival” in its budget category by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. What is the one thing that everyone wants to know: “What makes the best shrimp and grits?”. Our answer – Wild Georgia Shrimp and a dash of southern hospitality.