March 2015

Seafood Fest- 2015

Author: Special to CH2

The annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest is back and better than ever. A full week of culinary, educational, and outdoor events will begin March 1 this year, kicking off the festival season. This year’s festival promises to the best yet, anchored by a festival headlining performance by local funk musician Zach Deputy. The Headliners and Deas-Guyz will round out an all-star lineup on Saturday, March 7.

But it is the weeklong list of events that has locals reeling. There is literally something for everyone (who likes seafood). Lucky Rooster and Michael Anthony’s are bringing local seafood to the next level with guest chefs, farm-to-table oysters, and wines to match. Local watermen are teaching locals and visitors how to forage for fresh local seafood (and then how to eat it!). The Coastal Discovery Museum is dishing out pearls of wisdom on local seafood in restaurants.

The week starts at Hudson’s for a Fish Fry and Oyster Roast with Cranford Hollow. Festival organizer, Andrew Carmines, promises that the oysters will be harvested on the day of the event.

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by Hilton Head Monthly and, has become a favorite for locals and visitors in recent years with proceeds that benefit MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, The Island Recreation Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society. What better way to fight cancer than to enjoy local seafood all week? We agree. See below for full event details.

Sunday, March 1, 3-7 p.m.
Kickoff Fish Fry and Oyster Roast
Those looking to broaden their seafood horizon will be rewarded with plenty of options starting with a Kickoff Fish Fry and Oyster Roast at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Live music from local band Cranford Hollow, fried fish, fire pit, fun and games and a River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover…need we say more?

Monday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail and Appetizer Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner
Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar (HHI) and Tyler Lyne of Cloud Catering and Events (NYC)

One of the most exclusive local culinary events of the year, this collaboration dinner pairs two renowned chefs to prepare a seven-course feast with unbelievable wine pairings.

Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water
Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will treat lucky islanders to a two-hour excursion, complete with shrimping, oystering, clamming and crabbing. After the work is done, guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
Michael Anthony’s Wine Dinner Featuring Shell Ring Oysters
Led by Executive Chef Chris Johnson, Michael Anthony’s culinary team offers an exquisite four-course menu of Italian regional delights featuring Shell Ring oysters and paired with featured wines.

Friday, March 6, 3-4 p.m.
A Fisherman’s Guide to Seafood in our Lowcountry Restaurants
David Harter leads an enlightening lecture on the best seafood to order for your palette, your health, and your wallet when dining in our local restaurants and buying fish from distributors.

Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest
The week culminates in our headlining event! Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, this family-friendly fete features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine; Kids Zone; silent auction; crab races; arts and crafts booths, and more! Three amazing bands will keep you entertained and dancing throughout the day:
11 a.m.-1 p.m. — The Headliners
1:30-3:30 p.m. — Deas-Guyz
4-7 p.m. — Zach Deputy

Admission is $6, free for kids under 10. Attendees can purchase food/drink tickets at the entrance and redeem them at the various booths. For ticket prices and more information, contact the Island Recreation Center at (843) 681-7273, or visit

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