Though the cooked mash of corn and pink crustaceans has been served in diners and expensive restaurants all over the world, some still think shrimp and grits is a southern thing. In an upcoming weekend, the city of Jekyll Island will honor the dearly beloved dish.
The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is setting aside September 16 – 18 to celebrate the traditional meal. Set against the live oaks and historic homes of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel National Landmark Historic District, the weekend will feature shrimp and grits cooking competitions, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations, book signings, vendors, entertainment, as well as a kid-friendly fun zone.
If those events aren’t enough to work up an appetite, there will also be a Shrimp & Grits 3 Race Challenge. The fun kicks off with a 4-mile run on Saturday evening, continuing on Sunday morning with a 5K cross-country run on the Great Dunes Golf Course, and a 1 mile run from Jekyll Island Airport to the Festival. Prizes will be available for those gutsy enough to take part in all three – if not it is possible for contestants to sign up for one or two races.
Purchasing a Shrimp & Grits Festival VIP Package or Brew Cruise Package can top off your experience. Tickets for the separate events start at $50.
Aside from serving as a delicious meal, shrimp provide work for Georgia families – some of who have shrimped Georgia’s coast for generations.
Want to be a part of the tradition and grab a good eat? Check out the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival!
More information can be found here.
—Ciara E. Smith