AquaCurean Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Celebration!

As the name of the event “AquaCurean” implies water and epicurean, the event will showcase some of best seafood and hand-crafted spirits from Savannah and around the country. The AquaCurean Challenge includes a seafood recipe competition and a hand-crafted cocktail competition.  The event will showcase some of the best seafood on the Atlantic Coast and Gulf, including some of the best recipe creations from Savannah and the Lowcountry.

AquaCurean Challenge:

Seafood Challenge: Competitors will submit recipes from shrimp, all other shellfish, saltwater fish and fresh water fish categories to win cash prizes ($1000, $500) in a Professional Chef and an Amateur/Student division. Executive Chef, Sir Roger Michel, The Westin’s culinary team, and culinary schools will recreate signature seafood recipes to be judged by industry professionals. The seafood competition guidelines will include submitting a recipe for 6 to 8 servings; and a photo of the dish. An online voting system will encourage people to make the recipes at home, or taste them in local restaurants and vote for a “People’s Choice”.

Cocktail Challenge: Competitors will submit recipes from gin, vodka, tequila, bourbon and rum categories to win cash prizes ($1000, $500). These hand-crafted cocktail drink recipes will be recreated and judged by a professional team of mixologists, and several of Georgia’s leading hand-crafted cocktail specialists. An online voting system will encourage people to make the recipes at home and vote for a “People’s Choice”.

The AquaCurean Challenge registration can be obtained now by emailing

Online registration will be available on Februrary 15, 2014. The competition deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014. The www.aquacurean.comwebsite will launch on February 15, with tickets on sale for the various weekend events, and the competition registration information will be available online. Advance Ticket pricing for all events will be available until Monday, March 31; Regular Ticket Prices, April 1 – 24; at the door pricing if tickets still available.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 25 “The AquaCurean Challenge” (7:30 – 10 pm)
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa – Harbor Ballroom & Harbor Lawn

Enjoy the top seafood & spirit recipes from around the country prepared by Chef Michel and distinguished visiting chefs available to taste and enjoy while breathtaking views of the Savannah River accompany the soiree. Top entries from the seafood & spirits competitions will be showcased for tasting and voting. Finalists in each category will be featured at this event and the winners in each category announced; Tickets – $50 per person advance/$75 per person/$90 at door if tickets still available.

Saturday, April 26 “The AquaCurean Celebration” – (1 – 5 pm)
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa – Riverfront Esplanade

The weekend’s main event is a smorgasbord of culinary champions and cocktail creations. Along the Riverfront Esplanade of The Westin Savannah Harbor, guests will find cocktail & seafood delights. Music guides attendees through craft-spirit booths, spirited education, hand-crafted cocktails and award-winning seafood dishes. Taste some of the leading seafood dishes from around the country with craft spirit tastings and seminars, seafood demonstrations and special surprises. This event is designed for the epicurean, the connoisseur, and all those that find joy in the good things life has to offer. Admission includes a souvenir tasting shot glass; Tickets – $75 per person advance/$85 per person/$100 at the door if tickets still available.

Sunday, April 27 “Tail-End Sunday Jazz Brunch” – (12:30 – 3:30 pm)
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa – Legends Pavilion

Cruise to the Legends Pavilion for Cocktails and Shrimp Tails, A Bloody Mary bar, Champagne, seafood and breakfast buffet & jazz music. With the backdrop of Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge and the city sky line, guests can join the competitors for an unforgettable brunch with a few surprises; Tickets – $45 per person advance/$55 per person.


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