JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. Citing public health concerns in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jekyll Island Authority announced this week that the 2020 Shrimp & Grits Festival has been canceled for November.
Canceling this years festival was not an easy decision to make, but ultimately we, the JIA, felt it was in the best interest of both participants and those who work so hard to bring the festival to life, said Jones Hooks, Executive Director of the Jekyll Island Authority.
To ensure island management is properly sustained, we too have to focus our efforts on rebuilding lost revenue and not overspending.
The festival is slated to return Nov. 5-7, 2021, to continue the celebration of shrimp & grits and the dishs longstanding connection to the south, organizers said.
The Shrimp & Grits Festival, three times voted Best Festival in the Southeast (2012, 2017 & 2019) by the Southeast Festivals & Events Association, brings more than 45,000 people to Jekyll Island over a three-day weekend.