Island, city delectable events return

Food festivals, restaurant week schedule and reschedule to area

A shrimp dish is served at the annual Seafood and Spirits Festival a previous year.
You may not think so just by looking around, but there was never going to be a ‘flip the switch’ moment as to when everything will feel normal again around here. The dead horse has been beaten plenty.

We are all aware of how difficult 2020 was for plenty of people in one form or another. But now that we’ve all determined that it is largely safe to wade back into the social agenda swimming pool, we can begin to entertain the thought of attending the increasing number of food festivals and food related events that have begun to announce their return to action later this year, especially considering the announced cancellation of the 2021 Savannah Food and Wine Festival, which was supposed to take place in November.

The dog days are most certainly here. Before you know it, we’ll be on the back side of the summer, so what better time to put a few dates of interest on your calendars than now so you can join us to “Eat It and Like It” late Summer and beyond.

Here is a list of a few events that have returned and are eager to show you a good time. There most certainly will be more, but for now, here’s some dates to remember:

Savannah Restaurant Week Aug. 20-29
“Eat It and Like It” is thrilled to be presenting this celebration of food in Greater Savannah. Up to two dozen area restaurants will be participating in the fun. Price points will be three courses for either $30, $35 or $40 — each restaurant will choose. The event will go for nine days which means two weekends — plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun. You can find some details at eatitandlikeit.com. A running list of participating restaurants will be announced July 17.

Gourmet Seafood, Spirits Festival Aug. 20-29
Also going on the last full week of August is this weeklong seafood lovers’ party. With several events taking place across Savannah, including a Sunset and Seafood event at The Wyld Dock Bar and a weekend luau. You can find information and tickets at seafoodandspirits.com.

click to enlarge Patrons dine on delectable dishes at a previous year’s Seafood and Spirits Festival. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAFOOD AND SPIRITS FESTIVAL
Photo courtesy of Seafood and Spirits Festival
Patrons dine on delectable dishes at a previous year’s Seafood and Spirits Festival.
35th Hilton Head Wine Festival Sept. 14-18
Always a great time on the island in March, the HHI Wine Festival is in September this year. Some of their most popular events are set to return including Sip and Stroll, Friday night’s Grand Tasting and the Saturday afternoon public tasting which will be held at Celebration Park on Pope Ave. for the first time.

Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife Sept. 9-12
This event is one of the most popular events of the year. The setting is Jekyll Island, a beautiful, quiet getaway for three days of food and fun that is 100 yards from the beach. I know a lot of Savannah folk who have made the trip down there. This year, rather than cancel, they moved it to September. It will still feel plenty beachy down there in September, without the huge summer crowds. The event will be held again in its normal February slot in 2022.

Hilton Head Oyster Festival Nov. 12-13
All kinds of shuckin’ fun for two days — Friday night will be held at Shelter Cove Park and Saturday’s main event at Celebration Park. Tickets are available now at hiltonheadoysterfestival.com.

About The Author

Jesse Blanco

One of the most recognizable personalities in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island television market, Jesse Blanco is sometimes called "Savannah's Anthony Bourdain." His 'Eat It and Like It' show has become a major regional brand in the foodie world.
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