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Quick Guide to the Best Finds from the SSI Food + Spirits Festival

Friday, October 20th, 2017

First and foremost, the St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival is about bringing our beautiful community together to support the area’s only non-profit hospice, Hospice of the Golden Isles. Their testimonies are amazing and everyone should take a minute to visit their website to see what these amazing people are doing for those in need.

Secondly, there are so many sponsors and vendors working together to make such a huge event amazing. Not all are mentioned in this blog because the list is incredibly extensive, but we’d like to offer a giant round of applause to all of you!

1. Friday night’s Flights + Bites at the Golden Isles Aviation Hangar. That sound? That’s Suzy & the Bird Dogs. They rock!

2. This Watermelon + Shrimp Ceviche a la Chef James Flack (of ECHO) during Friday’s Culinary + Beverage Series: Shrimp Five Ways. Culinary + Beverage Series: Shrimp Five Ways
3. And Chef Jenard’s Skinny Dipping Shrimp Cocktail (also during Shrimp Five Ways). Chef Jenard Wells? Yep, you know him from Food Network. He cooked, he taught, he entertained, no big deal. (winky face, we’re totally fan-girling over ‘The Chef of Love’ too)Chef Jenard Wells

4. New favorite: Cabernet Sauvignon from Goldschmidt Vineyard that can be ordered here. If you’re in the neighborhood of St. Simons Island, you can also purchase this at The Still.Cabernet Sauvignon from Goldschmidt Vineyard

5. This fist bump. Chef JB Belechak of Palmer’s Village Cafe (left) and Chef James Flack of ECHO (link above) competed against each other in the Chef Showdown of 2015. Here they are being great sports again proving that no matter the competition, we’re all locals supporting locals and Hospice of the Golden Isles. At the end of the day, we’re all each other’s biggest fans.

(History: In 2015, Belechak won it all competing against Flack. In 2016, Bethany Fahey (formerly of The Westin, currently of Thrive Senior Living) won it all. This year, Bethany and Julian Scheibel of The Georgian Room competed in the 1st round, with Julian winning a spot in the final round. In round 2, James won and moved on where he competed strong against Julian. It was a great competition, but Julian took home the trophy this time. The real winners? The judges. They got to try ALL the dishes!)

Chef Showdown

6. Fruitland Augusta Peach Lemonade. But Peach Mimosa. Lemonade. Mimosa. Tie. Bonus points that Yuri always looks adorable, even when it’s hot! (PS, their recipes are here.)

Fruitland Augusta Peach Lemonade

7. Rose all day. Pamp Fizz!

Pamp Fizz

8. Moonshine has a place at brunch. Either it’s your lucky day or Christmas came early this year because Sugarlands Distilling Co. shares their recipe right hereSugarlands Distilling Co

9. Roasted Marshmallows can make a good cocktail even better. Thanks, Bretta (of Moondoggy’s) for the Toasted Ghost!

Moondoggy's Pizza and Pub

10. Rum + Prosecco is delicious. Richland Rum taught us this during the Culinary Beverage Series. Skipped class? Be glad we took notes, this surprising pair is basically how they say ‘hello’! PS, they’ll be opening their second distillery soon (Nov 2017) in Downtown Brunswick.

Richland Rum

11. Gator is good. Shout out to, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen.  (📷: Ben Galland of H2O)

Gilbert's Underground Kitchen

12. Oysters are too. (The Westin)The Westin Oysters

13. Bloody Marys are great. Pepper vodka is even better. Charleston Mix and Dixie Peppered Vodka are a match made in Brunch heaven.

Charleston Mix and Dixie Peppered Vodka

14. Did we mention adult juice boxes? (Vixen Vodka)Vixen Vodka Juice Boxes

15. There are several local artisans in the festival’s market so you can find plenty of Golden Isles treasures to snag! Just to name a few, here are some goods from Lisa Kerns Jewelry + Virgin Apothecary. (PS, Basic Balm is a new personal favorite)Virgin Apothecary

16. Show-stopping sausage (and jerky). Visit Stripling’s General Store here, order everything.Stripling's General Store Jerky Stripling's General Store Sausage

17. You don’t have to be a bourbon drinker to like bourbon.

Did we mention Aryon (of ECHO) won the 2nd Annual Coastal Stir Cocktail Challenge with her entry, Siren Sour? She did. Many a non-Bourbon drinker were converted during the Flights + Bites event thanks to her recipe featuring Four Roses and a dab of Merlot (gasp!). Psst, her recipe is here.

Four Roses and Merlot

18. Or a whiskey drinker to like whiskey thanks to Ghost Coast Distillery‘s Spiked Ruby.

Ghost Coast Distillery

19. This band: Cranford Hollow, from Hilton Head, SC. Go ahead and visit here then click their handy dandy “track band” button. You’re welcome.

20. Last but certainly not least, the first cocktail at the festival to steal our hearts. We present the Jalapeno Margarita from Maestro Dobel Tequila. So much yes!Maestro Dobel Tequila

BONUS: Sugarlands Shine for their fans too. We speak for everyone when we say #lifesaver!

We absolutely can’t get enough and can’t wait to do it again next year!

October 2017 Events in the Golden Isles

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

 

rhythm-on-the-riverRhythm on the River featuring Complicated Pants: Sunday, October 1st, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. This week’s event features: Complicated Pants. Phone: 912-265-4032.

Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic, and your favorite beverage. Admission: FREE!

 

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Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents Love Stories: 
Monday, October 2nd, 2017 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm

The Coastal Symphony of Georgia launches its 35th season of classical music with a “Love Stories” theme on October 2, 8 p.m., Brunswick High School Auditorium. In addition to works by Beethoven and Schubert, nationally recognized soprano, Maria Valdes, will be featured in two arias from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” Tickets are by season subscription, but there are also single tickets available. More information at coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org or 912-634-2006. 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520

KandP_ECHO_MoonRising_DATELESS_1400X____Moonrise Party at ECHO: Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th, October 2017

Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. For reservations, call 912-268-5967 or use the OpenTable app.

website_main_listing_02017 St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival: Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th, October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th annual St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival, a five-day homage to the finest in coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment – presented by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The Festival takes place in some of the most iconic St. Simons Island locations, October 4 – 8, 2017. The Festival is a non-profit organization that gives back to the community in one of the most important ways, by raising funds and awareness for its charity of choice, Hospice of the Golden Isles. With more than 50 of the Southeast’s award-winning chefs participating alongside beverage experts and popular culinary personalities this year’s schedule events will be a milestone. Several high-profile participants in the festival line-up include event co-founders Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp, of Southern Soul Barbeque, Chef de Cuisine James Flack and Chef Jernard Wells of Food Network and a Sunday Funday for the entire family at The King and Prince Resort.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017:Southern Soul’s Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue” – Beginning at 6 p.m., invitation only – Pitmasters Harrison Sapp, Griffin Bufkin and John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbeque will prepare an authentic, gourmet spread paired with several choices of the finest craft beers and mouthwatering selections. Meanwhile, attendees will enjoy the atmosphere and uniqueness of Southern Soul Barbecue’s renovated 1940’s gas station. Invitation only, limited tickets available.
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017:PITMASTER 101” – Learn the secrets of world-class Pitmasters from around the South during this exciting new culinary class starting at noon. Join us for seasoning, sauces and secrets from the best in the barbecue business. Attendees will also get to sample fare from the Pitmasters and beverage partners.
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017: NEW “FIREBOX” – Presented by Southern Soul Barbecue & The Local Palate from 6 – 9 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. Taste your way through the celebrity Pitmaster creations as you experience a barbecue event like no other. This smokin’ hot evening of music, bourbon, barbecue and unbelievable Live Auction takes place waterside at historic Gascoigne Bluff.
  • Friday, October 6, 2017:NEW “Culinary + Beverage Series | Shrimp Five Ways” – Presented by The King and Prince Resort from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Full of fresh and innovative dishes, Chef de Cuisine James Flack and Chef Jernard Wells will be featuring a midday meal of the coast’s most beloved dishes. Savor and sip exciting options from this special lunch menu Wednesday only.
  • Friday, October 6, 2017:Culinary + Beverage Series” – Presented by The King and Prince Resort from 12:30 – 2 p.m. In this class, you will learn the ins and outs of beverage tasting. You will leave with the tools to achieve success with your cocktail recipes and package store purchases.
  • Friday, October 6, 2017: NEWSAVOR the Coast” – Chef Showdown & Coastal Stir Cocktail Competitions take center stage from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Experience the perfect seafood frenzied cocktail event. Raw bar, beverage tastings, local brews, premium wines and southern style bites. Experience our Cocktail Challenge with competing bartenders and NEW THIS YEAR: our Cocktail Sauce Competition with area chefs participating.
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017:Tastings Under the Oaks” 12 – 4 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. Come celebrate the Georgia Coast’s culinary diversity and enjoy tasting cuisine from local restaurants, gourmet grocers and artisan bakers and tastemakers. Shop the Artisan & Farmers Market, enjoy live music and the best cocktails in the Southeast. The admission ticket includes access to the Artisan & Farmers Market, unlimited beverage tastings, and Celebrity Chef Demonstrations. TAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL! With the expanded VIP ticket, VIP Patrons will have unlimited access to the VIP Lounge along with full access to all the festival grounds and activities. Enjoy VIP celebrity meet & greets, private bar along with a fully catered culinary experience. Additionally, all VIP Patrons will receive 10 food tickets with which to enjoy some of the many food offerings within the general festival grounds. Our VIP experience is always a sellout with limited availability.
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017:SPIRITual Sunday Brunch” – Seatings beginning at 12:30 PM. Indulge in our brunch with an array of appetizers, breakfast favorites, desserts, Bloody Mary bar and chef’s cook-to-order favorites. At this Sunday Funday celebration, dine oceanside at the historic King & Prince Resort with live entertainment, raw bar, libations and more.

 

The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival takes place throughout the Island and the Golden Isles, October 4 – 8, 2017 with culinary, wine, beer and spirit tasting experiences. For the most-up-to date festival information, tickets, opportunities to volunteer and more visit: ssifoodandspirits.com.

dp_smokeyjoes_logoThe Island Players Present Smokey Joe’s Cafe: Thursday 5th to Sunday 22nd, October 2017

The songs of legendary hitmakers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber come to life in the rock n’ roll musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Packed with memorable tunes like, “Hound Dog”, “Love Potion #9”, “On Broadway” and “Stand By Me”, it is the longest-running revue in Broadway history! For more info, call 912-638-0338 or click here. Gail Butler, Director. Liz DeMato, Producer. Venue: St. Simons Casino Building- 550 Beachview Drive,  St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Opening night reservations only: Thursday, October 5 at 7:30pm

Additional show dates: October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees: October 8, 15, 22 at 3:00pm

first_friday1First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: Friday, October 6th, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 – 8pm at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit the beautiful downtown district and enjoy all the galleries, shops, and businesses that will be open late serving wine & snacks, with live music in our Signature Squares. Phone: 912-264-4111.

vivianmitchellspiritinthewaterFirst Friday Open House | Lavivi Exhibit at the Ritz: Friday, October 6th, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ will have an Open House to celebrate the 28th season of live performances, films and exhibits during the upcoming First Friday, October 6, 2017 from 5 pm to 8 pm and the public is encouraged to attend the festivities and opening reception for new work by Vivian (LaVivi) Mitchell.

The open house will give patrons the opportunity to learn about all of the programs and events that Golden Isles Arts & Humanities brings to the community each year. In addition, folks can help support the organization by participating in a raffle, take a tour of the Ritz Theatre including the second and third floors, check out the fun volunteer opportunities and enjoy the new exhibit at the Ritz.

Stop by the Historic Ritz Theatre on First Friday, October 6, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm and celebrate with Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. The exhibit will be up through November 17th, so patrons can visit the gallery during its regular hours Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm or by appointment or during events. For more information visit www.goldeniselsarts.org or call 912-262-6934.

hofwyl_ghosts__legends_3Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Walking Tours: Friday 6th to Friday 27th, October 2017

Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries-old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. Tour dates include the following: October 6, 13, 20, 21, 27.

The tour will be approximately one mile in length and last for one and a half hours. It is suggested that visitors wear shoes comfortable for walking. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to make sure you have time to get to the tour. Don’t forget your bug spray. Reservations Requested. Phone: 912-264-7333. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.,  Brunswick, GA 31525

Tours will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm. Admission: $15

 

under_the_oaks_2_0Under the Oaks Run: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 8:00am to 12:00pm

Saint Simons Christian School presents Under the Oaks 2017, a 13.1 Half Marathon, 10K and 5K to be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, on Jekyll Island. The courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned so that both casual and competitive runners may enjoy each event. The start and finish line will be at Summer Waves Waterpark. Under the Oaks Run benefits St. Simons Christian School and the Jekyll Island Foundation. For more info, call 912-634-8177 or click here.

 

antique_showSt. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th, October 2017

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc. Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, Ga.

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday. ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING! Phone: 912-267-7822.

cfCoastFest 2017: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

At the regional headquarters campus of the GA DNR in Brunswick, GA, the first Saturday in October is known as “CoastFest Saturday”. Since 1995, the annual event has been hosted by the Georgia Coastal Management Program to celebrate the state’s coastal natural resources. More than 80 environmental, educational research and resource exhibitors from around the southeast join with science-based entertainers in an atmosphere of fun. Visitors of all ages learn about Georgia’s unique coastal environment in exhibits from touch tanks with marine life to native plants and horseshoe crabs, water conservation, archeology, herpetology, geology, kayaking, fishing and shoreline restoration!

For more info, call 912-264-7218 or click here. 1 Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA

21687958_1963241760631206_1762790737488677823_n2nd Annual Barkin’ Howl-O-Ween: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

2nd Annual “Barkin’ Howl-O-Ween presented by Pawsmopolitan Magazine and Mellow Mushroom. Saturday, October 7th, from 2-4PM at Mellow Mushroom. Raffles, Food, Drinks, and Fun for the whole Family!

18199476_10154595090322616_2064199068199482764_nRoaring Twenties Charity Ball: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Peacock Productions is excited to present another magical night to benefit One Hundred Miles. This year our theme will be the Roaring Twenties. Take a trip back in time with us for a night of fun, food and music all while raising money for a great cause. One Hundred Miles is a local organization dedicated to the education and preservation of our beautiful 100 mile Georgia Coast Line.

Tickets will be $20 at the door the night of the event. Formal Twenties theme attire is encouraged. There will be a cash bar and many great items will be raffled off during the night. Phone: 912-264-4111

nCoffee with the Author Nancy Blanton: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 – 10:30am to 11:30am

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island invites you to meet Nancy Blanton, the author of historical fiction including The Prince of Glencurragh and Sharavogue, both award-winning novels set in 17th century Ireland. She has written other award-winning books and a children’s book entitled, The Curious Adventure of Roodle Jones. Phone: 912-289-7357. Room 108, Casino Building, SSI. Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests. Reservations recommended.

kCoffee with the Author Christina Kelly: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 – 10:30am to 11:30am

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s “Coffee with the Author” series presents Christina Kelly and Good Karma. Ms. Kelly is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has had nine crossword puzzles published in The New York Times. This is her charming debut novel, filled with normal dogs and abnormal people and set in Savannah, which provides an entertaining glimpse into lives in transition. Phone: 912-289-7357. Room 108, Casino Building, SSI. Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests. Reservations recommended.

art_trendsStems and Petals Art Exhibit: Tuesday, October 10th to Monday, November 20th, 2017

Join us for Stems and Petals special exhibit featuring Ella Cart October 10th – November 20th at Art Trends Gallery. The reception will be held October 12th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Phone: 912-268-4761

Ella Cart will be displaying her never-before seen collection inspired by the beauty of wilderness and flowers. “For this show, I wanted to concentrate on something different. When looking throughout my studio, I realized that among my many paintings of landscapes were florals. I realized that these florals truly reflect who I am as an artist, and my creative journey. Artist are often told to stick with one medium, which is something I rebel against. It is the creative process that I am after, and working in both oils and mixed media provides that constant creative challenge.” This exhibition will interest anyone who appreciates the creative process of a fine artist and the beauty of our natural surroundings.

 

 gala7th Annual Star Foundation Gala: Thursday, October 12th, 2017 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The 7th Annual STAR Foundation Gala promises to be a lovely evening filled with wine, dinner, and a silent auction of very unique items.

STAR’s mission is to help end generational poverty in our community by teaching the skills needed to enter the workforce and succeed. The students learn computer basics, how to manage their finances and navigate successfully in the workplace. They also gain self-confidence and dare to hope for a better life for their families. All proceeds from the Gala will support the work of STAR Foundation and its impact on the economic future of our county. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, STAR is located in the heart of Brunswick.

This event will be held at the Ocean Forest Golf Club on Sea Island. Phone: 912-554-0540

2001_space_oddity_sd1_758_426_81_s_c1A Space Odyssey First Cinema Gourmet of the Season: Thursday, October 12th, 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Cinema Gourmet, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities’ popular series pairing delicious food with classic films, kicks off the 2017-18 season on Thursday, October 12, 2017 with Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film’s screening and discussion are paired with the culinary delights of Indigo Coastal Shanty. The evening’s events begin with delicious food at 6:30 p.m.

Regarded today as one of the most influential films ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is less a narrative than a parable about the nature of existence. A large black monolith influences evolution and with stunning visual and often times ambiguous imagery, director Stanley Kubrick creates a mesmerizing journey through time and space. Starring Kier Duella, the 1968 film created stunning and realistic special effects for its time as well as a terrifyingly simple and now iconic phrase spoken by the H.A.L. 9000–“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Cinema Gourmet continues with Dr. Strangelove on November 9, Mon Oncle on January 11, Much Ado About Nothing on February 8, Chinatown on March 15 and concludes on April 12 with Some Like It Hot.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by phone with a credit card or in person at the Ritz Theatre, Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased securely online at www.goldenislesarts.org. Tickets for the talk and movie only may be purchased at the door the night of the screening for $7. For more info, call 912-262-6934 or click here.

food_truck_oktoberfestFood Truck Oktoberfest: Friday, October 13th, 2017 – 3:30pm to 8:30pm

The food trucks are coming to Brunswick October 13th at Mary Ross Park from 3:30 to 8:30 with games, activities, live music, and drinks! Bring your friends or the family for the FIRST food truck event in Downtown Brunswick! Our after party will be up on Newcastle with more bands, food, and beverages in Jekyll Square! Phone: 912-265-4032

 

 

arts__crafts_show_1October Arts and Craft Market: Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th, October 2017

October Arts & Craft Show Postell Market/Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both on Saturday and Sunday

Showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists! Phone: 912-230-1042

okOktoberfest at Sea Palms: Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Oktoberfest at Sea Palms is Saturday, October 14th starting at 4pm! Tickets include assorted regional craft brews, a traditional Oktoberfest meal, and adult & kids activities. Live music by Bonnie Blue from 5-8pm. Phone: 912-434-5331.

 

Adults: $40; Under 21: $30; Kids: $10

21687752_10209768240032622_8520414625687631914_nSteel Magnolias: Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th, October 2017

STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling opens at BAT on October 14 and runs through October 29. Shows are Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Come early for libations and desserts! See website for pricing and reservations. Performances by Emmi Doucette, Dawn Dyche, Kiera Stone, Sandra McLeod, Krista Harris, and Amy Lovin. Directed by Lynda Dalton Gallagher.

Brunswick Actors Theatre (Art Downtown): 1413 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. Phone: 912-262-0628

 

sounds_by_the_seaSounds by the Sea Featuring Michael Hulett: Sunday, October 15th, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Music is in the air and by the sea as Golden Isles Arts & Humanities gets ready for a great summertime concert series – Sounds by the Sea. A variety of musical offerings will fill Neptune Park from May – September showcasing the best local and regional musicians. Local favorite Michael Hulett will star in the final concert of the season on Sept. 17 with his captivating vocals and saxophone.

Sounds by the Sea is presented by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island directly behind the Casino building. The concerts are held on select Sundays, for maximum breezes and bug-free comfort by the ocean. The concerts take place from 7-9 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. The season is sponsored by Atlantic National Bank (print media sponsor), Magic 105.9 and 104.1 The Wave (radio sponsor) and Best Western Plus (hotel sponsor.); opportunities are available for local businesses to sponsor individual concerts.

Admission to Sounds by the Sea, payable at the gate the night of each show, is only $10 for adults. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5, and under 6 years old are free. For more info, call 912-262-6934 or click here.

blue_jean_ball_logoBlue Jean Ball: Friday, October 20th, 2017 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us for a lovely evening of boot scootin’ under the stars at the Blue Jean Ball. The festivities will be hosted at Sinclair Plantation, the home of Davis and Robin Love. The night will be set under the oaks and lights as we begin the evening with Suzy and the Bird Dogs, then transition to a DJ and dancing. Enjoy delicious local food and an open bar featuring wines. As the night progresses, guests will have the opportunity to bid on an array of fantastic silent and live auction items.

Parking at Wesley United Methodist Church, 6520 Frederica Road with shuttles to event. For more info, call 912-264-6246 or click here.

21151320_118393362155562_5668070991472207325_nRich’s Kickball for a Cause: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

We are proud to partner with the United Way of Coastal Georgia with 100% of registration fees going directly to this charity!

Cost: $25 per player. Each player will receive a performance tee, drawstring bag, free Farm Rich and SeaPak Products and more!
Registration: Registration Opens September 8th. Register by following the link below and donating the $25 registration fee directly to United Way. In the special instructions include “Kickball” “Team Name” “Player Name” and “Shirt Size) http://uwcga.org/
Uniforms: Performance Tees are included in the cost but accessorize as needed
Other Details: Concessions will be open throughout the day. Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Mozzarella Sticks, chips, cookies & drinks
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

 

bcAmerican Cancer Society Breast Cancer Fashion Show and Luncheon: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:15pm

Join the American Cancer Society on Saturday, October 21, 2017, for the 18th Annual American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Fashion Show and Luncheon. Fourteen local models, all breast cancer survivors, are participating in this special event to support others newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Their personal testimony: there IS HOPE. The fun, fashion-filled fundraising kicks off at 11:30 am at Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort, St. Simons Island.

Tickets for this popular event are $40 and may be purchased at Lady and Gentlemen’s Outfitters (Shops at Sea Island) and Antiques, Etc. (Downtown Brunswick) Beginning September 11, 2017. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Phone: 404-273-2760

yapYappy Luau | Drool at the Pool: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 – 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Pawsmopolitan Magazine Presents our 1 Year Party! We have rescheduled this event due to unfortunate timing with Hurricane Irma. This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy pet friendly fun – Island style! Bring the dogs (on a leash) and the whole family to celebrate with us! Splash the afternoon away as we have a luau celebration!

mixologyMixology 101 with John Sabbe: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Shaken or Stirred? Come learn a few new tricks and mixes at the bar with John Sabbe! John Sabbe is currently a bartender at Tipsy McSway’s located in Brunswick, Ga. John has a diverse background ranging from a certified coffee master, bartender, brewer, and cook.

John is a dedicated member of the United States Bartenders Guild and is currently working on achieving his second level Cicerone certification. He is passionate about the ingredients he uses to craft his cocktails; a passion that guides him to create many of his own bitters, shrubs, and infusions. By using this knowledge John is able to craft the perfect cocktails combined with the perfect environment; a goal he strives for every day. Dates: September 9th, October 25th, and December 16th. Each class is $40 per person or sign up for all 3 for $100 per person. Phone: 912-342-7700.

 

2_0Golden Isles Live Presents ABBAFab: Friday, October 27th, 2017 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm

ABBA Fab is the product of the hit Broadway musical, Mama Mia. Group founders, Terry and Anne, saw an opportunity to capitalize on the renewed interest in the music of ABBA. The result was the creation of the group ABBA Fab. As the show gained popularity, booking requests began pouring in from towns all across Arizona and California.

Since ABBA Fab’s early days the show’s growth has been exponential. The group has since gone global thanks to Bramson Entertainment, which has them touring with several of the world’s premier cruise lines. While ABBA Fab continues to perform for international audiences across the seven seas, their engagements at home in Arizona remain a cornerstone of their success and popularity.

ABBA Fab has played to sold-out crowds across the U.S. as well as internationally. Among their notable credits are performances at the opening of the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, the world-renowned Spago Beverly Hills, and the Navy Shipyards in Chicago.

Visit here for pricing and more information. 1001 Mansfield St, Brunswick, GA. Phone: 912-638-4111

21586869_10155588759715822_5615395977360245560_oDrivin’ N’ Cryin’ Concert: Friday 27th to Saturday 28th, October 2017

BULLDOG ROCKSHOW brings to the stage two of Georgia’s best live bands – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ with special guest BJ WilbanksLive at Castaways Lounge on Saint Simons Island!

In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club.The band quickly gained attention for its blistering live shows and amassed a rabid fan base in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 32 years later and releasing four full length albums on Island Records and one on Geffen Records founding members Kevin Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes, and miles of back roads and highways to arrive here.

With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ was produced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame the same year. The following year, Drivin N Cryin released a vinyl-only album, entitled Archives Vol One , with a collection of basement recordings from the years 1988 to 1990. Tickets: $25 ADV $30 DOS. Click here for tickets.

foodGolden Isles Food Truck Festival: Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th, October 2017

Join us for our first ever 2-day food truck festival! Join us on Oct 28th and 29th for a weekend in the park with food trucks, beer and wine trucks, craft vendors, live music, and giant tv screens! Go Dawgs!

Food trucks from the Savannah Food Truck Association. FREE YOGA in the park both days. Craft vendors. Family Friendly w/ Kids activities. Pet-friendly with watering stations. Beer garden and Wine bar. Cornhole tournament. Live Art. Local businesses. Local Non-profits. Police security hired from Glynn County. Food Truckers Disaster Relief Team.

Request sponsorship info, food truck vendor apps, or craft vendor apps from marketing@savfoodtruckassociation.com. All proceeds from GIFTF events are donated to local 501c3 NonProfit Organizations. Follow the event on Facebook at @goldenislesftf for more information.

website_listing_photo_shell_003Gillard Farm Dinner: Saturday, October 28th, 2017 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Welcome to Gilliard Farms! CheFarmer Matthew welcomes you to his family’s farm to enjoy specialty crafted dishes and learn about the amazing history of CheFarmer Matthew’s family and culture. Be on the lookout for the menu and special updates!

Questions: email us at events@farmerandlarder.com or call us at 912-342-7700.

 

Band equipment in living roomEnjoy Live Music at ECHO: Every Weekend
Visit the event calendar here for details.

Prime Rib DinnerPrime Rib Dinner at ECHO: Every Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click here. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.

#Bottomless Mimosas x512Sunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday – 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.

The Best Fall Festivals (+ more) in Southeast Georgia

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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📷: St. Simons Island Food + Spirit Festival

Whether it’s Spring, Summer, or year round, many know St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles as one of the East Coast’s favorite destinations for beach vacations. But what do you know about Fall here? Aside from cooler weather and crisp breezes, did you know that Fall also brings some of Southeast Georgia’s favorite festivals?

That’s right. Our weekends are filled with exciting events drawing friends, families, and neighbors together outside to enjoy the weather and all of the charm our community has to offer. With several unique events, from foodie festivals to major sporting events to educational outdoor fun for the kids, the Golden Isles has something for everyone! Below are some of 2017’s “can’t miss” crowd favorites that we’re looking forward to this year.

Southern Grown Festival (September 1-3)

Sea Island commemorates the distinctive culture of all things Southern with the third annual Southern Grown, giving guests a chance to taste, sip, learn about, and experience the unique cuisine and traditions of the most special region of America. The weekend overflows with opportunities, opening with Friday night’s Garden & Gun Kick-Off Dinner and a Show. Saturday’s daytime Southern Grown Marketplace and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition precedes an oceanside dinner anda concert with Drive-By Truckers followed by a late night After Glow Event. The weekend culminates with a Sunday Brunch. The entire roster of events will be led by award-winning chefs and musical talent from across the South. All in the world-class setting of Sea Island.

Things to know: The Drive-By Truckers and Steep Canyon Rangers are scheduled to play on Sea Island’s Rainbow Island during the festival, but all year long as a part of the Southern Grown Concert Series, you can enjoy major artists performing with the Golden Isles’ iconic marshes as the backdrop. 2017’s line up also included the Gin Blossoms in June with Keller Williams scheduled for December. And there’s a Falconry Experience during Saturday’s Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Yes, a falconry experience.

For more information, including a complete list of events, visit here. To purchase tickets, click here.

Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival (September 15-17)

A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, presented by Southern Living, combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, more than 100 art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, wildlife demonstrations, and more. Mark your calendars for this annual three-day event held the third weekend in September.

Things to know: Not only is this festival free and open to the public once you’re on Jekyll Island, it’s also a huge showcase of the area’s local artists (check out that lineup here.)

For more information, including a complete list of events, visit here. Phone: 912-635-3636.

St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival (October 4-8)

The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival, a five-day homage to the finest in coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment – presented by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, has quickly become a favorite among the locals and regional foodies. The Festival takes place in some of the most iconic St. Simons Island locations, October 4 – 8, 2017. The Festival is a non-profit organization that gives back to the community in one of the most important ways, by raising funds and awareness for its charity of choice, Hospice of the Golden Isles. With more than 50 of the Southeast’s award-winning chefs participating alongside beverage experts and popular culinary personalities this year’s schedule events will be a milestone. Several high-profile participants in the festival line-up include event co-founders Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp, of Southern Soul Barbeque, Executive Chef James Flack of The King and Prince Resort/ECHO, and Chef Jernard Wells of Food Network and a Sunday Funday for the entire family at the King and Prince Resort.

Things to know: You get to keep your SSIFSF etched glass as a souvenir from Saturday’s main event, “Tasting Under the Oaks”. Also, post your event photos using #ssifsf and the festival may share your pics on their social media.

For the most-up-to date festival information, tickets, opportunities to volunteer and more, click here.

Coastfest (October 7):

At the regional headquarters campus of the GA DNR in Brunswick, GA, the first Saturday in October is known as “CoastFest Saturday”. Since 1995, the annual event has been hosted by the Georgia Coastal Management Program to celebrate the state’s coastal natural resources. More than 80 environmental, educational research and resource exhibitors from around the southeast join with science-based entertainers in an atmosphere of fun. Visitors of all ages learn about Georgia’s unique coastal environment in exhibits from touch tanks with marine life to native plants and horseshoe crabs, water conservation, archaeology, herpetology, geology, kayaking, fishing and shoreline restoration!

Things to know: This kid approved event is free and will have touch tanks, live snakes or alligators to hold, Coast Guard boat tours, archery, rock walls, + more!

For more information, click here.

Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee (November 11):

The annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park brings cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The day long event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, live entertainment, the kid’s Junior Stewbilee Central Fun Zone, classic and antique car show, arts & crafts displays and of course, sampling of the best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Live entertainment will be provided by Pier Pressure and 3 Day Weekend. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event. The motorcycle ride will begin at 9:00am, the pooch parade will begin at 10:15am, the Brunswick Stew tasting will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Things to know: Both Brunswick, Georgia and Brunswick County, Virginia claim to be the origin of the Brunswick Stew. We choose to believe the plaque on the iron pot in Downtown Brunswick, GA that boasts its creation in July of 1898. (Since writing this, I’ve learned of a 3rd claim that was new to us. While enjoying Southern Soul’s Luau this weekend, a lovely Canadian couple informed our table that Brunswick, Maine also claims the creation of this local favorite. It’s funny how the Island works. I see it as more proof that there’s always people to meet and things to learn while enjoying delicious meals in the Golden Isles.)

For event updates, check their Facebook page here.

RSM Classic (November 13-19):

The RSM Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course and the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation which was established by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. Sea Island Golf Club on the par 70 – 7,055 yard Seaside course which TOUR players ranked as their 15th favorite course to play. In just its first six years, The RSM Classic has raised more than 4.8 million dollars for children and family charities. The tournament will be played on the Plantation course in addition to Seaside, due to the larger field of golfers. **Each year there is a concert in coordinationtoo, however, the entertainment has not been announced yet. We will continue to update this as more information is available.

Things to know: Even our PGA Event incorporates a foodie function, Taste of the Golden Isles. In association with the St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival, Taste of the Golden Isles, is another chance to savor some of the highlights from the areas favorite places to dine. This could be your chance to rub elbows with your favorite PGA Pro!

For more information, including schedules and tickets, click here.

Jekyll Island Comic Con (December 9-10):

Jekyll Comic Con is Southeast Georgia’s Premiere multi-day Pop Culture event attracting thousands of attendees of all fandoms. Hosted at the beautiful beachfront Jekyll Island Convention Center, Jekyll Con celebrates a little bit of everything from the comic book, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and gaming universe! This all ages family-friendly event hosts some of the top vendors, artists, and celebrities in the industry; along with panels, workshops, gaming tournaments, live entertainment and so much more.

Things to know: You can plan your destination wedding on an Island for under $10,000. You heard right. For a mere $8,000 you can book “The Wedding Experience” that includes Imperial Stormtroopers escorting the bride, a Star Wars themed cake, photography and a reception complete Lightsabers and a DJ for 50 of your closest friends & family. You’ll be the talk of the galaxy.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, click here.

Don’t forget, there’s always live music happening around the Resort at ECHO, check that schedule here.