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Feb. 4 - Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival Announces Schedule and New Events

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February 4, 2019 - The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is planning for a bigger festival, with some great new events, including some exciting happenings for the main event, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Events are selling out quickly, and 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 18-24, 2019. 

The event schedule and talent is subject to change. The complete schedule is available online at
Feb. 20, 4 – 6 p.m., At Table Seaside, The Beach House Resort
Join some of the culinary world’s most respected 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 like David Shields, Barton Seaver, Brian Hoffman, Amanda Mcnulty of PBS’s Making It Grow , James Beard Foundation, award-winning chefs/authors and more will take the stage to discuss topics like sustainable change, heritage ingredients, pushing the culinary envelope, at home trends, restaurant revelations and more. Guests will enjoy beverages, including Hilton Head’s own Josh Peeples’ Napa Valley winery, Elyse and culinary tastings from Clayton Rollinson of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster and Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and BJ Dennis, Gullah Geechee Culinary Artist.
Tickets: $39 per person
Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 12th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, Honey Horn Plantation
The headlining event with over 35+ 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: Island Fudge Shoppe, FARM Bluffton, Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill, Local Pie, Fish, SERG Restaurant Group, The Sea Pines Resort, The Porch Kitchen + Bar, Red Fish, Old Oyster Factory, SEAWEED, Hilton Head Ice Cream, Aunt Cilada’s, Fishcamp On Broad Creek, Melly Mel’s, Crazy Crab, Carolina Crap Company, Hudson’s Seafood On the Docks, Hardscoop Distillery, Southern Barrel Brewing Co., B’s Cracklin BBQ and more. 

  • Live music from noon to 4 p.m. at the Music Stage featuring Deas Guyz.
  • The Taste of the South Cooking Demo Stage features chef and beverage demonstrations/tastings at 12, 1:30 and 3 p.m. 
VIP Lounge: Make the day even more memorable with tickets to the VIP Lounge. The lounge offers guests gourmet bites, a full bar and a comfy respite to plan your next tasting adventure! Tickets: $89 per person – VIP Lounge
NEW THIS YEAR at Saturday Seafood Festival: 
  • The Fair: Exciting carnival midway rides – a first-ever fair for Hilton Head Island, including rides for the entire family: Ferris Wheel, Rock O’ Plane, 100’ Giant Slide, 5 Tickets per ride ($5)
  • Bear Island Beer Garden: Bear Island Beer Garden. Known for South Carolina’s best craft and cider brands. Purchase ten tastings for $15, which includes a souvenir beer glass and ten 3oz. craft beer tastings. Must be 21 and older to enjoy. 

Saturday, Feb. 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Official After Party, The Beach House Resort & The Porch Southern Kitchen + Bar
A great way to unwind on the beach after a day of fun at the festival. Tickets include gourmet tasting bite stations and small plates, live music and a signature cocktail and choice of two beers or wines.
Tickets: $69

The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, helps raise funds for non-profit organizations including the 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 2018 with over 5 million dollars in new economic impact to the local area during the month of February each year. To purchase tickets and for more details visit

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