Join the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival - October 14-16 - Richmond Hill
Head to the Hill! One of the largest seafood festivals in the Southeast will add some sizzle to your Fall with culinary celebrations, carnival rides, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and more fun for everyone.
available now for the 23rd annual Great Ogeechee Seafood
Festival, October 14-16, 2022, at the beautiful J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill, just south of Savannah.
“Our hope is that people come to the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival and taste a little bit of why so many people call Bryan County home - from good food - to a community who cares,” says Kathryn Johnson, CEO of the Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce, who produces the festival.
We checked in with a couple of chefs who have cooked at this festival for years. What are y’all making?
Connie Watson of K+C Catering shares, “We do our low country boil, famous crab soup, gumbo, jumbo shrimp and fries, garlic steamed shrimp, and jumbo fried chicken wings.” She describes how much inspiration she gets from being at the festival, seeing many of her clients and meeting new people: “We like seeing our customers enjoying our meal and appreciating our food that we cook. They say they look forward to seeing us because we don’t have a restaurant.”
Mark Thomas, owner of Bubba’s Bistro explains, “We do shrimp and grits, kind
thing. We use stone ground yellow grits from South Carolina. Then we do a
cream-based tasso gravy on top. We do a low country boil with Savannah red
And for those not so focused on seafood, Thomas says you can “still get yummy and creative dishes.” Eventgoers can enjoy the Bistro’s Redneck Nachos, made with jalapeño cheese, pulled pork, scallions, BBQ sauce and smoked gouda atop.
Along with showcasing delicious seafood, you can enjoy epic live performances, local arts and crafts, amusement park rides, and so much more – bringing together people of all ages and interests.
At 10 am, before the festival begins, Special Needs Day offers a registration-based opportunity for children to experience slowed down and quieter rides, shorter lines, and lunch by our local McDonald’s. Beginning at 5:30 pm, check out Local Musicians’ Night! It’s a chance to groove with performing artists and bands selected by the Seafood Festival committee.
Legendary 1990s country music stars Deana Carter and John Michael Montgomery, along with upcoming stars Maggie Baugh and Warren Zeiders, will rock the festival Saturday night, beginning at 5 p.m. A schedule of events, including times of performances, can be found here.
John Michael Montgomery
Sunday features civic organizations and local bands leading performances, such as cheerleading, dance competitions, a military band, and a gospel band. Each genre brings a new perspective.
“I think Sundays are the unspoken day out there. We take our five kids and we always go on Sundays,” shares Thomas. “It’s a lighter groove. You’ve got everything from dance competition studios, and then it switches to the military band, and that draws a different crowd. Younger kids are going to the carnival during the day. As they stack the music up, the event becomes like a big giant backyard party.”
23rd Annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
October 14-16, 2022
J.F. Gregory Park: 520 Cedar St. Richmond Hill, GA
Note: *Admission and Beer ticket sales are debit/credit card only. ATMs will be onsite in the park.
What if it rains? Thomas says it’s not a big deal. Everyone who has worked the festival or attended knows that for 25,000 people – spread out over three days of inspiring events and performances – this is the weekend to make travel plans and gather your friends and family. You can’t miss it!