The 15th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is back to its original February schedule and this year’s festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. The coastal region’s week-long Lowcountry experience offers a mix of celebrity chefs, local chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, local seafood, artisans, musicians and more who come together for a classic Lowcountry cultural and heritage experience.

A group of star-studded celebrity guests will be in town for the festival including James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs, Andrea Reusing and Hugo Ortega; Bravo TV, Top Chef favorites, Brother Luck and John Tesar; Celebrity author/journalist/television host, Steven Raichlen; Master Sommelier, Larry O’Brien; TV personality, Shep Rose; Josh Peeples, Winemaker & Proprietor; Gullah Geechee Chefs/Authors, Matthew Raiford and BJ Dennis and Actor/Foodie, Luis Guzman.

Several events are already sold out and some new events have been added to the festival this year, including the Daufuskie Island History and Artisans Excursions, Callawassie Island Tour of Homes, Fireworks Cruises and more. Most of this year’s events will take place outdoors.

The headliner event is Saturday, February 26, at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, from 1 – 4:30 pm. Nearly 100 food, beverage and artisan booths, hundreds of unlimited wines, beers and spirts tastings with a souvenir glass and $10 in culinary credits in RFID wristband, with additional credits for purchase available throughout the festival. A perfect afternoon for the entire family, waterfront on the newly renovated Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, featuring family friendly activities and a FREE ticket for 21 & under, with special wristband. Participating restaurants include: The Sea Pines Resort, Scott’s Fish Market, Top Dawg Tavern, The Social Bakery, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Grand Champion BBQ, Odd Birds Cafe & Market, Tito’s Latin American Kitchen and more added daily.

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival’s schedule of events and tickets are available online at