Beaufort Celebrates Coastal Cuisine with 21st Annual Shrimp Festival

Beaufort Celebrates Coastal Cuisine with 21st Annual Shrimp Festival
Annual two-day festival includes live music, local food and Lowcountry fun

BEAUFORT, S.C., Aug. 17, 2015 – The annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival will celebrate its 21st year at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park this Oct. 2-3.  The two-day festival will feature local food, live music, contests and much more.

The free festival kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with a lively musical performance on the Pavilion Stage by regional favorite Deas Guyz. Throughout the evening, local restaurants will be previewing their shrimp dishes for Saturday’s competitions. The Arts & Crafts Market opens at noon.

On Saturday, the popular 5k Bridge Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. with the children’s Popcorn Shrimp Run scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Food and beverage booths, the Arts & Crafts Market, and the children’s area will open at 11 a.m., followed by the adult Shrimp Heading and children’s Shrimp Peeling competitions, Restaurant Competition, the Sea Island Rotary’s Charity Shrimp Race and live entertainment.

Local restaurants will compete for the coveted “Silver Cup” award at Saturday’s Restaurant Competition. Other awards include the title of “Best Shrimp Dish,” “Best Booth Decoration” and “People’s Choice.” Restaurants are required to use wild-caught South Carolina shrimp for the competitions.

The Sea Island Rotary Club’s Annual Charity Shrimp Race gives spectators the opportunity to adopt one or more of the 5,000 rubber floating shrimp that are dropped into the Beaufort River. Shrimp will float toward a designated finish line and the first 10 shrimp to finish will earn their owners $5,000 in cash, plus offer the chance to win the Grand Prize (either a new boat or car – winner’s choice.)

“Each year we look forward to the Shrimp Festival as a way to showcase the unique Coastal draw and cultural flair of this tight-knit community,” said Robb Wells, tourism division vice president for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It is always a pleasure to share our exceptional cuisine, culture and hospitality with locals and visitors alike.”

About the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce represents the city of Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina. Founded by the British in 1711, the city has a rich history that dates back centuries with ties to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Beaufort is made up of Port Royal Island and its surrounding area within the Lowcountry. The city generates approximately two million visitors annually, and is regarded as one of the most diverse communities because of its historic character and prominent architecture. It is home to one of the largest population of Gullahs, a culture known for preserving its African linguistic and cultural heritage more than any other African-American community within the United States. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot for the Eastern Seaboard can also be found in Beaufort, in addition to the Marine Corps Air Station and Naval Hospital.

The Beaufort Visitors Center is located at 713 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort.

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