What to Know About The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, 2020

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a family friendly, week-long culinary and cultural tourism event.

Seafood Festival

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Top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music and wildlife come together for local causes. The 13th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, helps raise money for other non-profit organizations.
These include:
  • Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Island Recreation Scholarship
  • Waddell Mariculture Center
  • Port Royal Sound Foundation
  • Gullah Heritage Museum
  • Medical University of South Carolina.

Lowcountry Seafood Experience On The Water

  • Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks

A two hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing with a couple of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Captain Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table.” After the work is done, guests will enjoy the fruits of their labor at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Times might vary based on tide and weather conditions.

Tours are running daily Monday, February 24 – 28, 2020. $89 Per Person (Includes tour, beverage and culinary tastings at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks)


At Table Seaside: Culinary Discussion + Chef Experience

  • The Beach House Resort

Join some of the culinary world’s most respected opinion makers for an afternoon full of dynamic discussion about the biggest trends in food hosted by The Omni Oceanfront.

In a panel discussion with 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. Food has always been an incredibly powerful medium to bring people together, to celebrate, to initiate a conversation and spark ideas; heritage has been preserved for generations in families’ kitchens, and the industry of food media and storytelling has been able for the past two decades to capitalize on it. Enjoy incredible dishes from participating Chefs and Beverages from locally inspired wine and beer.

Pitmaster 101 with Bryan Furman and Robert Owens

  • Waddell Mariculture Center

Learn from the Best of the Best! Join our guest pitmasters Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ BBQ and Robert Owens of Grand Champion BBQ as they prepare for the upcoming Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast event Friday night. You will learn techniques on fire, seasonings, protein practices, smoking temperatures and so much more! Taste a preview of what’s to come with special samples and cocktail. This is a limited class size event.

Friends of James Beard Southern Supper

  • The Shorehouse located at The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Award-winning James Beard Foundation Chefs offer the ultimate culinary tour de force at Hilton Head Island’s Out of the Ocean Friends of James Beard Southern Supper, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM hosted by the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort at The Shorehouse.

The James Beard Foundation’s dinner series brings a taste of what happens at the James Beard House in New York City to our Island home. One-night-only, multi-course, line-to-table dinner with wine pairings featuring a diverse group of James Beard Foundation Award winners and nominees. Truly an extraordinary evening for the Seafood Festival!

Celebrity Chef Master Classes | Chef William Dissen of Haymaker

  • Alexander’s Restaurant

Join visiting Chef William Dissen of Haymaker in Asheville for a special Master Class. From his upbringings in Appalachia, multi-award winning Chef William Dissen focuses on fresh, healthy and sustainable food. At his restaurants across North Carolina he works with a network of local farms, artisan producers, and sustainable fishermen to produce acclaimed food for his guests.

Pig Pickin’ + Oyster Roast

  • Waddell Mariculture Center
Seafood Festival

Photo: Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival’s Facebook page

Join us for the quintessential, Lowcounty family-style culinary celebration. Island’s best chefs, celebrity guest chefs and Pitmasters prepare local shrimp, whole hogs, whole chickens, chopped BBQ and all the side dish trimmings at Waddell Mariculture Center. Wash it all down with brews, wines and signature cocktails and live music.

Guest Chefs and Pitmasters Include:

  • Elliott Moss, Pitmaster + Co-Owner Buxton Hall
  • Pitmaster Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ BBQ
  • David Carrier, Chef with Certified Burgers & Beverage
  • Chef Benjamin Dennis, Gullah Geechee Culinary Artist
  • Tim Nelson, Chef at One Hot Mama’s
  • Chef Brandon Carter of FARM Bluffton
  • Chef & Author Brian Noyes, Red Truck Bakery
  • Clayton Rollison, Chef at Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar
  • Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster Co. & Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and many more!

For a complete list of Talent click here.

Saturday Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival

Photo: Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival’s Facebook page

Held at Honey Horn Plantation, the family friendly headlining event features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, five-story Ferris wheel, expanded kids activities, David M. Carmines Foundation Silent Auction, Beer Garden, Artisan Market, Celebrity Chef and Mixology Demonstrations and more. Featured Restaurants include Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, The Crazy Crab, Red Fish, The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar, Old Oyster Factory, FARM Bluffton, Fish Seafood & Raw Bar, Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Carolina Crab Company, SERG Restaurant Group, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Local Pie, Hilton Head Ice Cream and more! Live music by Deas-Guyz from Noon to 4 p.m. Free Admission to Children under 10 years of age. Tickets are $10.00 per person (age 10 and older). There is NO additional cost for parking at Honey Horn Plantation.

The VIP Lounge will offer a limited numbers of tickets for 2020. The lounge was the ultimate experience last year and completely sold out well in advance.  The VIP Lounge ticket will include the following: access to the VIP Lounge area from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., catering by Hudson’s Seafood House on the Dock and complementary beverages at the private bar including beer, wine and spirits.

Article and information: www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.