Jekyll Island Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival Prize Pack Giveaway

Annual Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival


Ya’ll know we are huge fans of the beach, especially the beautiful beaches here in the Southeast. I just hate that living in Nashville we are landlocked and a good 7 or 8 hours from the closest shore, but I digress.

Two years ago we won an amazing vacation package at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel and we fell in love with discovering all this beautiful island has to offer. You can take a look at some of our pictures from this gorgeous Southern getaway here.

Since I started a new job in late spring we didn’t venture to the beach this summer, so I’m excited to virtually revisit Jekyll Island and partner with them to host a fun giveaway with a decidedly coastal twist.

Jekyll Island, Ga., is hosting its 8th annual Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival Sept. 20 to 22. Only in the South would you find an entire festival devoted to SHRIMP and GRITS. My taste buds just started twerking. Be sure to follow the buzz on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #ShrimpNGritsFest.

To celebrate virtually, I’ve partnered with Jekyll Island and Southern Living to give away a fun prize pack valued at $75 to one lucky reader. The prize pack will include:

  • Wild Georgia Shrimp (packed in dry ice and shipped directly to your front door)

  • Stone-ground grits from north Georgia’s Logan Turnpike Mill

  • A  beautiful Jekyll Island coffee-table book

To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve ever traveled to coastal Georgia (or not) and if you have, share one of your favorite things. For up to three additional entries (please leave a new and separate comment on this post for each of these you do):

  • Let me know if you are a fan of BlondeMomBlog on Facebook

  • Follow @blondemomblog on Twitter

  • Pin the Southern Living recipe below and share the link to  your pin in the comments

I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at midnight CST Saturday, September 14

Can’t travel to coastal Georgia this fall? No worries. I’m also sharing a delicious recipe courtesy of Vanessa McNeil Rocchio – food stylist, editor and test kitchen professional at Southern Living – who will be attending this year’s shrimp and grits festival as a special guest. Enjoy!

  Grilled Shrimp Grits Southern Living Recipe


 

Ingredients

·         2 ears fresh corn

·         1 teaspoon salt

·         1 cup uncooked, quick-cooking grits

·         1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

·         2 teaspoons minced, canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

·         1/2 cup olive oil

·         1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

·         1 garlic clove, pressed

·         1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

·         1 pound peeled, jumbo raw shrimp with tails (1 6/20 count), deveined

·         16 (6-inch) metal skewers

·         1 pint grape tomatoes

·         1/2 package (8-oz.) fresh mushrooms, quartered

·         1 small green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

·         1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation


1.     Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high). Grill corn, covered with grill lid, 10 minutes or until done, turning once. Cut kernels from cobs. Discard cobs.

2.     Bring salt and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in grits. Cook grits, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until thickened. Stir in corn kernels, cheese, and chipotle pepper. Cover and keep warm.

3.     Stir together olive oil and next 3 ingredients (lemon juice, garlic, ground pepper) in a large bowl. Toss shrimp with olive oil marinade mixture; let stand at room temperature 3 minutes.

4.     Remove shrimp from marinade, discarding marinade. Thread shrimp onto skewers alternately with tomatoes, mushrooms, and bell pepper pieces.

5.     Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Serve kabobs with grits, and sprinkle with cilantro just before serving.

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I'm Jamie, a 40-something Nashville mom desperately seeking a few moments of Zen and zinfandel between soccer practice and supper. I love to travel, find great deals, and talk with my hands. My former beach bartender husband founded MouseCalls Computer Services. We have two daughters, three dogs, and too much laundry. Email me at blondemomblog @ gmail.com.

Comments

  1. Yes, LORDY!
    Tybee Island… We’ve made some wonderful memories there, many of which involved shrimp and grits!

    And YES I follow you on FB and YES I follow you on Twitter.

  2. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I have never traveled on the Georgia Coast.

  3. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I am a facebook fan of your blog.

  4. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I follow you on twitter as @kmayans.

  5. I have never been to Georgia at all! I would love to, though!

  6. I have travled to Savannah and I love the food there

  7. I like you on facebook

  8. I have never been to coastal Georgia, I just drove through inland on my way to Florida. It sounds beautiful there.

  9. I like you on FB(Kelly D Saver)

  10. I follow you on twitter(kellydsaver)

  11. I have been to Tybee with girlfriends and can’t WAIT to get back to coastal Georgia!

  12. I’m a FB fan!

  13. I haven’t been to coastal Georgia, but my parents honeymooned on Jekyll Island, so it has a special place in my heart for that reason!

  14. I visited coastal georgia on my Babymoon 6 years ago! It’s been too long.

  15. I Like you on Facebook. Meghan Cooper

  16. I follow you on Twitter @JaMonkey

  17. Marcia Goss says:

    My husband and I went to Jekyll Island on our honeymoon. It is so peaceful there, and we loved how there is not much commercial development on the island. It’s a great place for a relaxing vacation.

  18. Marcia Goss says:

    I’m a Facebook Fan. (Marcia Goss)

  19. Marcia Goss says:

    I follow you on Twitter @mgoss123.

  20. Marcia Goss says:
  21. Mom remembers
    when family went to this wonderful island
    probably 35 years ago.
    Hardly anyone there and
    It sure has changed….

  22. I was going to pin that anyway. It looks so good! http://pinterest.com/pin/239113061439282936/

  23. I follow on Facebook.

  24. i follow on twitter @famliyfocusblog

  25. I’ve been to Savannah and loved it! Coastal Georgia is definitely on my list of places to visit. My son loves to “share shrimp with Daddy”, so we’d be thrilled to win! Just liked you Facebook :)

  26. Kathy Gilmer says:

    I live in coastal Georgia. Always a lot of fun things to do . This summer I had the thrill of doing a sea turtle walk on Jekyll one night, and got to see a mama turtle crawl back to the ocean after laying her eggs, and then see a nest hatch, and watch the hatchlings scramble down to the ocean in the moonlight! Awesome experience!

  27. I was born in Brunswick and lived on St. Simons until I was 5 so yes I’ve been to coastal GA.

  28. I liked you on Facebook.

  29. I follow on twitter @secretsofkristi

  30. We loved the quiet feel of Tybee Island off-season and especially buying wild shrimp from beneath the bridge on the way there!

  31. Stephanie Grant says:

    Unfortunately I have never traveled to coastal Georgia, however it’s on my bucket list!

  32. Stephanie Grant says:

    I “liked” you’re blog on Facebook (Stephanie Grant)

  33. I have never been to Georgia before

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  34. like on facebook: michelle barrett

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  35. twitter follower: chelleb36

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  36. Never been there before

  37. I have not (yet) travelled there

  38. already liked on facebook (conteststuff)

  39. already follow on twitter (miket11405598)

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  41. I have & I love EVERYTHING about it!! Especially the little restaurants that we eat at along the beaches! Wish we could live there.

  42. Twitter follower!

  43. FB fan!

  44. I actually live in GA! And I “like” you on FB (MjenMylly)

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