Shrimp & Grits festival just around the bend – Jekyll Island Foundation

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The best chefs from around the state battle for bragging rights in the “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits” cooking competition Saturday, September 16.

Have a wild encounter at the Jekyll Island Experience Pavilion.

Enjoy three stages of live music and entertainment all weekend.

Shrimp & Grits festival just around the bend 

EVENT: Shrimp and Grits

by Jessica Scott, JIA Marketing Communications Manager 

Named the “2017 Best Festival in the Southeast” by Southeast Festival and Events Association, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, more than 100 art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, wildlife demonstrations, and more. 

Jam-packed with lively entertainment and fun activities for all ages, this year’s spirited three-day event will be take place Friday, September 15, through Sunday, September 17, under the oaks in the National Historic Landmark District. 

From captivating guest chef demonstrations and never-ending variations on the classic shrimp and grits dish, to live music by popular regional artists and an irresistible craft brew tasting experience, the schedule of activities promises a memorable long weekend for Southern foodies and fun-seekers. Features for the 2017 festival include three music stages, the popular Jekyll Island Experience Pavilion, Southern Living Pavilion, and an extensive lineup of craft brew vendors. 

The festival kicks off Friday evening with Day One of the three-day Craft Brew Fest, live music, and voting for the best shrimp and grits vendors. Saturday is full of exciting events, including “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits” Cooking Competition, featuring the best chefs and restaurants from around the state. Even more live entertainment, including live demonstrations from Southern Living and Go RVing, round out Sunday’s activities. 

General admission to the festival is free. Tickets for the VIP Experience and Craft Brew Fest, presented by Southern Eagle Distributing, will be available online. For more information, including the latest three-day schedule for the 2017 Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, visit

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Jekyll Island Foundation

P.O. Box 13002, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: (912) 635-4100


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