One of the many food items that Southerners introduce visitors to when they visit is shrimp and grits. This meal is a staple to many people in Georgia and it is one to be talked about highly. For all of you foodies and those that just love food, you will want to take a road trip to Jekyll Island in September to attend a weekend full of this southern delight.
Jekyll Island is holding its annual Shrimp & Grits Festival from Sept. 20 to 22. There will be a cookoff, a craft brew fest, a VIP lounge, cooking demonstrations and a variety of vendors throughout the weekend. This is a key event that brings people from all over every single year.
You will want to attend all three days of this event because it is absolutely free. Of course, once you get into the event you can purchase as you much as you please if you want to participate in trying all the shrimp and grits made from very loyal Georgians.
Restaurants around the state will compete to win the title of "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits," and we are warning you, this competition gets crazy. Everyone wants this title, and all the locals want to know the best place where they can get their favorite meal.
While you taste all the goodness from each vendor, you can also take a look at the craft vendors that are there as well. You could go home with a full stomach, as well as a few new home decorations.
Another popular happening every year of the event is the craft brew festival that goes on during the weekend. Tickets are around $33 each. You will get to taste craft brews from 10 different vendors while you watch the weekend's football games on massive TVs in this exclusive area.
This area is only steps away from the actual festival so you can go back and forth as you please. There will be private bathrooms, a private cash bar, yard games and a tent with fans and seating. Participating in this part of the festival will only heighten your amazing experience.
Over 45,000 people are interested in going to this event, so you know this year's festival is going to be out of this world. You might be eating shrimp and grits for every meal during the weekend, but who has ever complained about that?
While you are on Jekyll for the weekend, there is another spot that is too perfect to miss. This certain beach on the island has 200-year-old driftwood scattered all around the area which makes for great pictures, and a great experience on the beach.
Shrimp & Grits Festival on Jekyll Island
Price: $10 for parking
Address: Jekyll Island, GA
Why you should go: There will be multiple different vendors selling their best shrimp and grits dishes. There will also be craft vendors and a craft brew festival inside of this event that you can attend every day over the weekend.