27th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Who’s ready to savor some delicious local shrimp?!
The Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, celebrating SC Wild Caught Shrimp and local food and fun here in the Lowcountry, is coming up on Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. One of Beaufort’s larger and more popular events, the festivities kick off at 6:00 pm on Friday and include live music on the stage along with several area restaurants previewing their shrimp dishes for Saturday’s competitions.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until 6:00 pm for the fun to begin because you can browse and shop the festival’s Arts & Crafts Market starting at Noon. The festival’s popular Run Forrest Run 5K (USATF certified course) will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:30 am. (All require advanced registration.) You can register for the 5K by visiting this link.
The event continues on Saturday at 11:00 am with local restaurants putting their unique spins on fresh local shrimp to compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish” and “Best Booth Decoration” voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, which is chosen by festival attendees. The overall winner will be awarded the prestigious “Silver Cup.”
Great food, family activities, live music & more…
The weekend is full of children’s games and activities, arts and crafts vendors and lots of live music to enjoy! Be sure not to miss the Annual Sea Island Rotary Club’s Charity Shrimp Race and witness 5,000 rubber floating shrimp racing down the Beaufort River adjacent to Waterfront Park at 3 pm. The first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes and the first 100 shrimp have a chance to win a car or boat!
Be sure to follow the official Shrimp Festival facebook page below for more details and great giveaways!
See you all downtown!