March 19th marks the date of the 6th Annual Edisto Eats Food Festival and Ultimate Chef Competition. If you have had the opportunity to attend in past years, you know that it’s a fun filled event that also helps to support an awesome cause. Proceeds from the festival as well as from events leading up to it go to benefit Edisto United who help the local youth on our island to succeed.
The festival on March 19th is from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and there is a $5 suggested donation at admission. The parking lot of McConkey’s Jungle Shack at 108 Jungle Road will be filled with various craft and food vendors, beer and wine stations as well as fun activities for children, all accompanied throughout the day by the rhythmic tunes of local band, Edisto Gumbo.
The days featured event is the Ultimate Chef Competition. Leading up to this battle over the title of “Ultimate Chef” there have been two preliminary competitions — the first taking place at Pressley’s at the Marina and the second at Finn’s Island Grill. At each event a secret ingredient was carefully procured and presented to the teams. Each team was then faced with the challenge of creating menus incorporating the secret ingredient into an appetizer, entrée and a dessert. Tickets for these events included the six mini courses as well as wine pairings! The winning team from each preliminary will be competing in the upcoming Ultimate Chef Competition. This year competitors will be Chef Pascal Hurtebize versus Chef Marsh Elliott.
In past years the Chef Competition took place during a specific time slot. Spectators gathered and watched as each team prepared their meals for a panel of judges and a few high bidders. Despite not actually getting to sample the food, the competition has always been an exciting, crowd drawing event—watching the teams in action, the anticipation of whether they will be ready when the timer stops. This year, the competition is going to be structured differently from previous years allowing everyone the opportunity to sample their skillfully prepared fare! Chef teams will be assembling the same dishes this year and will begin cooking the morning of the festival. They will be ready to serve to the crowd at 1pm. For five dollars you can get a sample from each team as well as one ticket to cast your vote as to who is most deserving of the title “Ultimate Chef”.
Atwood Vacations is always a proud sponsor of Edisto United and the Edisto Eats Food Festival. They do so much in our community to help benefit the education, well-being and over all success of the youth on our island. Edisto United is comprised of several different sectors that each have a different focus—Edisto Elves, Project Based Learning, Edisto Eats and Edisto Youth Athletics. These groups assist the children in a myriad of ways including making sure they have all the tools they need for each school year, sending kids to educational summer camps, and recently organizing a basketball team. One activity under Project Based Learning is boat building. Each year students get the opportunity to actively participate in building an exquisitely crafted boat teaching them to work as a team as well as to learn and apply math skills. The boat will be on display and raffled off at the festival.
The Atwood team will be there throughout the day under our tent. If you can make it, stop by and say “hello”! We hope to see you there!