St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival

St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival

Okay guys, I know you have been waiting to hear about my time at the St. Simons Food + Spirits Festival, so here I am! As you may have heard, I won the grand prize package to the St. Simons Food + Spirits Festival concert, which included two VIP Passes to the festival. I decided to take my mom on the trip, and neither of us had been to a food and spirits festival before, so we were definitely excited to see what that weekend had in store for us.

The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival kicked off on Wednesday, October 4th and lasted through Sunday, October 8th.  Our tickets were good from Thursday – Sunday, but due to time constraints of work and school, and hitting traffic, we unfortunately missed the Thursday night event. That didn’t deter us from having a grand time though!

Flights & Bites:

Flights and Bites - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Welcome to Flights & Bites

So we started off our festival experience on Friday evening with the ‘Flights & Bites’. The event was held at the local airplane hanger, and the cars parked on the runway! Before we even walked in, everything seemed so fancy, and to be honest – we felt a little bit out of our league. We found the will call line, and picked up our tickets, and got in line to enter the building. Upon entering, we were given a souvenir wine glass, and the option to get a bid number for the live auction happening later in the evening.

Flights and Bites - Environment - St Simons Island Food Spirits FestivalAs we crossed over into the next room, we were immediately overwhelmed with the sheer number of people milling around, and the number of tables set up. We didn’t know where to start, so we just stood there awkwardly for a few minutes, taking everything in. There were tables lined up in the middle of the room for the silent auction they were having throughout the evening. There were various goods and experiences to bid on, and you had to put down your name, phone number, and the amount you were willing to pay for the item.

But we turned to more important matters, and headed in the direction of the food and the drinks. We were pleasantly surprised by the various options we had, and if you wanted, you could go back for seconds or thirds. Some of our favorites included:

Bacon Jam - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Bacon Jam – This honestly may have been my most favorite thing from the whole weekend. It was honestly so amazing!
Rice + Chickpea Salad - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Rice + Chick Pea Salad – This was quite surprisingly tasty. Both Mom and I enjoyed it very much!
Salmon Cake + Pickled Okra - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Salmon Cake + Pickled Okra – I got mine without the spicy jalapeno sauce. So different, so tasty!

tasting under the oaks:

Tasting Under the Oaks - What We Received Upon Entry
Tasting Under the Oaks: Armed with Information, Food Tickets, Souvenir Wine Glass, and VIP Pass

The next day, the event: Tasting Under the Oaks, took place during the afternoon. Man, was it hot. I was in shorts and a tank-top and that still didn’t help the situation, but despite the heat, we had a fabulous time!

At this event, we had access to unlimited beverage testings, but we did have to use tickets to get food samples. The VIP pass came with 10 tickets each, so mom and I decided to split each food sample we received unless it was only 1 ticket. Our VIP Passes also came access to the VIP Lounge, where we had additional access to beverages as well as unlimited access to certain food samples. We tried so many different foods – from lamb + grits, to shrimp + avocado on toast, to smoked fish dip, and more! More than once I got so excited about sampling the food, I forgot to take a picture of it…sorry! Here are a few I was able to remember to get:

Tasting Under the Oaks - Lamb and Grits - St Simons Food Spirits Festival
Lamb + Grits @ Tasting Under the Oaks
Tasting Under the Oaks - Shrimp and Avocado - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Shrimp + Avocado on Toast @ Tasting Under the Oaks
Tasting Under the Oaks - Delicious Ice Cream - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Delicious [& Much Needed] Ice Cream @ Tasting Under the Oaks
Tasting Under the Oaks - MJ sampling some drink - St Simons Food Spirits Festival
Sampling One of Our Favorite Drinks @ Tasting Under the Oaks

SPIRITUAL BRUNCH:

Spiritual Brunch - St Simons Food Spirits Festival
SPIRITual Brunch @ The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. The last day was the SPIRITual Brunch. I thought it was a pretty funny and clever play on words. The event took place at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. As we were staying at the resort, it was super convenient to get there in the early afternoon and we made some new friends while waiting for them to finish setting up.

Spiritual Brunch - Morning Drinks - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Mimosas and Lemonade @ Spiritual Brunch
Spiritual Brunch - Delicious Spiked Coffee Drinks from Sugarlands - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Coffee Concoction from Sugarlands @ Spiritual Brunch

Once the event started, we received yet another souvenir wine glass, and were introduced to the various drink options before entering the room where all the food was laid out buffet style! Mom and I quite enjoyed the mimosas, lemonade, and this wonderful coffee concoction!

Afterwards, we headed into the room with the food, and we ate some really good food. There was a table for fruit, a table of various salads and dressings, a table for the main meals, and a table for dessert. We hit up every table except for the salad table. We figured we could eat salad at home 🙂 Each food we tried was so tasty, and I have no words to describe them so I’ll let the pictures do the talking, because as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words:

Spritual Brunch - Breakfast Food - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Chicken + Waffles, Shrimp, Bacon, Sausage, and Squash Hash
Spiritual Brunch - Omlette Fruit Bacon Jam - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Omelette, Fruit, and Toast with Bacon Jam [which is SOO good]
Spiritual Brunch - Delicious Pumpkin Dessert - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival
Pumpkin Dessert to End the Festival

I couldn’t have picked a better way to end our festival experience. We ate some delicious food, drank some fabulous drinks, and sat with a group of very interesting people. Right afterwards, we reluctantly got in our car and made our way back home.

st. simons island food + spirits festival:

Overall, Mom and I both enjoyed our time at the St. Simons Food + Spirits Festival. What’s even better than getting to experience it all though, is knowing all the proceeds goes to support the local hospice community on St. Simons Island. I thought that was pretty amazing! I would 100% recommend this festival to anyone who is interested in going, or who is on the fence. It’s definitely an experience to have, and you also get to meet some pretty cool people as well!

Thank you for Attending - St Simons Island Food Spirits Festival

What about you? Have you ever attended a food and/or spirits festival before? What was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments!

14 thoughts on “St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival”

  1. Oh, I love food festivals. Here in my hometown, we have several ones during the whole year. A French one, a Gourmet one, Wine tastings, Street food festivals etc. Even a Sushi fest. It is so much fun and awesome to try so many different sorts of food. The St. Simons festival looks great and the food looks delicious. I´m happy that you and your Mom had a great time.

    1. Thank you Pia! And oh my goodness…that’s so many different festivals. I would absolutely LOVE to go to the French and street one for sure! You’ll have to let me know how they are if you go 🙂

  2. This festival looks amazing – such a variety of food and the quality of the dishes. It definitely ranks as one of the better food festivals to visit.

  3. What a fun event!!! Wow wow wow, all of that food has my mouth watering, looks so delicious!! So happy you and your mom enjoyed yourselves, y’all are just adorable!!

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