The Beaufort Shrimp Festival will return to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, featuring local food, live music and contests.
The free festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday with a performance by Deas Guyz, a local band that performs a mix of Motown, blues and rock songs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. Arts & Crafts Market opens at noon.
On Saturday, the 5k Run/Walk and the children’s Popcorn Shrimp Run begin at 8 a.m. Food and beverage booths, the arts and 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, as well as the Restaurant Competition and live entertainment.
A number of Beaufort restaurants will be serving up Lowcountry classics at festival booths, competing for the title of “Best Shrimp Dish,” “Best Booth Decoration” and the “People’s Choice Award,” as well as the overall “Silver Cup” award. Restaurants are required to use wild-caught South Carolina shrimp.
The Sea Island Rotary Club will host its annual Charity Shrimp Race where a boat drops 5,000 rubber floating shrimp into the Beaufort River. Shrimp will float toward a designated finish line and the first 10 to finish will earn their owners $5,000 in cash, plus offer the chance to win $1M.
“The Shrimp Festival is a weekend of family-friendly fun that celebrates the abundance of local cuisine and culture,” said Robb Wells, tourism division executive for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone looks forward to the competitions and the celebrations, and our annual events which draw thousands of visitors to our downtown area.”