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Shrimp & Grits cook-off hits Port Royal on April 28th

shrimp and gritsOne of the most iconic southern foods we enjoy here in the Lowcountry, shrimp & grits, is being combined with one of our favorite pastimes, partying at community festivals, in the Fifth Annual Bridges Prep Block Party Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off coming to Paris Avenue in Port Royal on Saturday, April 28th.

The popular street festival is scheduled from noon until 5pm featuring local chefs competing for top honors with their own personal versions of shrimp and grits. The winning recipe will receive the People’s Choice Award for the BEST Shrimp and Grits in the Lowcountry.shrimp and grits

The family friendly day also includes live music by Mike Ponder and Steel Rail Express, a Kids Zone, raffle prizes, a wide array of food trucks and unique arts and crafts available for all to enjoy. For the thrill-seeker in the family, there’s also a 100- foot fun slide, archery, a bungee jump and more.

The competition for the Shrimp and Grits Cook-off will heat up at 1:30 PM and go until all the shrimp and grits are gone. Ballots will be available for purchase the day of the Block Party for $20 each. The Cook-Off ballots allow a tasting from each participating chef and a vote for the People’s Choice award for the top recipe.

Local Chef’s ready to tempt our taste buds include, The Albergotti Grill, Lokal Seabar of Johns Island, Johnnie Mae’s Caribbean and Soul, Morningside of Beaufort, Crosta Pizzeria, The Tavern in Royal Pines and more.

Last year’s winner, Jason Dangerfield, will be there to defend his title against this year’s competition.

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Shrimp & grits combines two of the simplest and most abundant local foods in the Lowcountry. Shrimp, and stone ground corn..aka grits. It’s historically a traditional breakfast dish, though many consider it more of a lunch or supper dish. Starting out as a seasonal fisherman’s dish of shrimp cooked in bacon grease served over creamy grits, they were also known as “breakfast shrimp.” Today, the simple seafood breakfast has become an iconic Southern dish.

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Bridges Prep’s annual Shrimp & Grits Cook-off is a day full of food and fun. ESPB images

Bridges Block Party Shrimp and Grits Cook-off is the key fundraising event for the fast-growing and academically strong state charter school in Beaufort. In mid-2017, Bridges was named one of South Carolina’s top three charter schools for its academics and a School of Distinction by the South Carolina Public Charter School District.

Amy Painton, vice president of the Bridges Parent Teacher Organization said, “Our goal is to bring our community together for a day filled with family fun while also celebrating a Lowcountry classic, shrimp and grits,” said Amy Painton, vice president of the Bridges PTO, organizers of the event.

“We also want to raise awareness of our school and gain support to benefit our students and their adventures in education. Proceeds from this year’s event will be earmarked for educational technology and our media center when our new campus opens in Port Royal,” she added.

Last year’s event raised over $25,000 for the K-12 state charter school. Construction is scheduled to start this spring on the Upper School campus on the property off SC 170 just south of Cross Creek Shopping Center.

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Jason Dangerfield was last year’s winner. ESPB photo

Bridges Preparatory School was chartered by South Carolina in mid-2012 and opened at near capacity in August 2013. Since then, enrollment has grown steadily and the school expects more than 700 next fall when the school will serve grades K-11.

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During the April 28th Block Party, other food, as well as beer, will be available for purchase on- site.

General admission for the event is free. Some activities at the Block Party will be ticketed with tickets available for purchase the day of. Bridges Block Party gladly accepts cash and/or debit/credit cards. The vendors will be ready to take cash and some debit and/or credit cards.

For more information on the Block Party or becoming a sponsor or Chef, email organizers at pto@bridgesprep.org.and visit the Event Page on Facebook here.