The event, which is set to start today at 4 p.m. and run through Sept. 16, will encourage attendees to make donations to the Red Cross for Hurricane Florence relief. Guests will be asked to make a cash donation in lieu of tipping bartenders; guests can add a $1 donation to every purchase made in the Festival Gifts Tent; and the Jekyll Island Authority will match the donations up to $5,000.
The Shrimp and Grits Festival features activities focusing on the classic southern dish along with entertainment, an artists market, live music, kids’ zone, food and a craft brew fest.
West Egg Cafe chef Andrew Smith will defend his title in the Best Shrimp and Grits competition, pitting him against other Georgia chefs. Smith originally won the title in 2016, and later cooked the dish of Gov. Deal.