Whether you’re from the South, live in the South, or have never even been to the South, you’ve surely heard about one of the most-beloved dishes south of the Mason Dixon: shrimp and grits. Y’all, let’s be honest – this is a duo you want to make a regular in your kitchen.
There’s something truly irresistible (and irreplaceable) about the cozy combination of creamy grits and juicy shrimp. Whether you stick to traditional versions or turn up the heat with flavor and spice, this is one dish sure to provide the same comfort you find in a rocking chair on momma’s front porch.
To celebrate this timeless pairing, Jekyll Island, Ga. is hosting its 8th annual Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival from Sept. 20 to 22. This spirited three-day event is the only festival dedicated to the prized local product, Wild Georgia Shrimp, and its Southern counterpart, grits.
The theme is simple: taste, sip, enjoy, repeat! Whether you’re a chef, foodie or shrimp and grits lover, this laid-back event, held under the cover of live oaks in the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District, is worth your while. From never-ending options of shrimp and grits dishes and chef demonstrations, to live music, arts and crafts vendors, and a Craft Brew Tasting, the annual festival is a true playground for good (and tasty) times. General admission is free but tickets to specific events can be purchased online.
If you can’t make the trip to Jekyll Island for this knock-out festival, test out this crowd-pleasing recipe courtesy of Vanessa McNeil Rocchio – food stylist, editor and test kitchen professional at Southern Living – who will also be attending this year’s festival as a special guest.
To make the recipe even tastier, enter below for a chance to win the ultimate shrimp and grits package courtesy of Jekyll Island. One lucky winner will receive 5 lbs. of Wild Georgia Shrimp (shipped directly to their doorstep on dry ice), 2 lbs. of Old-Fashioned Speckled Yellow Grits from north Georgia’s Logan Turnpike Mills, and a beautiful Jekyll Island coffee table book.