3 East Coast Food Festivals to Enjoy This Spring!

April 13, 2016 | By | Comments (2)

Spring has sprung! Get outside and celebrate the season with fresh seafood, live music, and wine at these three too-delicious-to-be-missed East Coast food festivals.

Tybee Wine Festival – Tybee Island, Georgia – April 20-24

Photo: Visit Tybee

Photo: Courtesy of Visit Tybee

Five days of wine-fueled festivities kick off on April 20 with a five-course wine dinner prepared by Georgia chefs, including Michael Perez, the executive chef of Atlanta’s Colletta and Charleston, South Carolina’s Indaco restaurants; Keith Latture, owner and chef at Savannah’s Sandfly Bar-B-Q; Kyle Jacovino, executive chef at Savannah’s The Florence; and Kurtis Schumm, owner and chef at local favorites Tybee Island Social Club and Tybee Island Fish Camp.

Photo: Courtesy of Visit Tybee

Photo: Courtesy of Visit Tybee

And don’t miss the festival’s main event on April 23rd: the Grand Wine Tasting features live music, a silent auction, and 100 international wines, plus small plates from local restaurants, on the lawn of the Tybee Island Light Station.

Other festival events include a beachside oyster-and-wine pairing and a Champagne brunch.

Sound like your kind of party? Buy tickets to the 8th Annual Tybee Wine Festival here.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival – Fernandina Beach, Florida – April 28-May 1 

Love shrimp? This family-friendly seafood fest, now in its 53rd year, is the place to be.

Courtesy of Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

The three-day event features a pirate parade to kick off the festivities, boatloads of vendors serving up shrimp prepared any way you like them, fireworks, live music, and even a contest for decorated shrimp boats!

An added bonus: the event is free! Learn more about the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival here.

Chincoteague Seafood Festival – Chincoteague, Virginia – May 7

Photo: Courtesy of Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

Photo: Courtesy of Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

The menu at the 48th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival extols the virtues of fresh, local littleneck clams much like Bubba does shrimp in Forrest Gump: think steamed clams, fried clams, raw clams, clam fritters, clam strips, and clam chowder.

steamed clams hands

Photo: Courtesy of Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

But if clams aren’t your thing, you’re still in luck. They’re also serving oysters (fried and raw), fried fish, and a variety of seafood-complementing sides like hushpuppies and sweet potato fries.

Want to join in on the festivities? Buy your Chincoteague Seafood Festival tickets here.

Is there a seafood fest that you never miss? Tell us in the comments below!

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