2014 Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – The 7th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, sponsored by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, is set to take place on April 4, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park.

The popular, family-friendly event serves as the foundation’s annual fundraiser with proceeds – from admissions, beverage sales, restaurant purveyor fees, artists’ fees and auction funds – benefiting the American Cancer Society, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund.

The Seafood Fest will feature more than a dozen area restaurants dishing up their local and regional seafood specialties and other tasty dishes, as well as an “Iron Chef”-style competition, local artists showcasing their talents, live entertainment and a silent auction.

Participating restaurants include: Alexander’s, Black Marlin, Bluffton Oyster Co., The Chart House, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, L’Woods, The Old Oyster Factory, Red Fish, Steamers Seafood, Street Meet, Wreck of the Salty Dog, among others.

Up to six local chefs will compete in the “Iron Chef” event, modeled after the TV show of the same name. Competing chefs will be presented with identical “mystery baskets” containing a variety of ingredients, including two local seafood items, and each chef will be allotted one hour to create an appetizer and an entrée.

Finished plates will be judged on creativity, composition, taste and presentation, and winners will be awarded prizes and trophies. Ron Andrews, President of the Low Country Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, is assisting with competition logistics and organization. Andrews has competed in numerous culinary competitions and will also serve as one of the event’s judges.

The Headliners, a long-time favorite musical group among locals and visitors, will perform big band, classic 50s and 60s rock-‘n’-roll, beach music, Motown, disco hits from the 70s and hits from the 90s.

Additional activities will include a “Kids Zone” with inflatable bounce houses and games, Famous Crab Races, a Bocce Ball Tournament hosted by the Italian American Club of Hilton Head (please contact info@iachh.org to participate) and a silent auction.

Sponsors say the silent auction, which has become one of the event’s most popular components, will be “even bigger and better” this year. Last year, winning bidders enjoyed a variety of exciting items, such as a chef-prepared four-course meal, a wine tour in Sonoma County, a guided turkey hunt on one of the region’s premier private hunting properties and a deep sea fishing expedition.

Admission is $5 for adults and FREE for kids younger than 12.

(843) 681-2772 x 137 or davidmcarmines.org.

To sign up for the “Iron Chef”-style competition, please call Andrew Carmines (843) 681-2772 x 137 or (843) 422-6331.