St. Simons Island Food and Spirits Festival Postponed

As Hurricane Matthew spins in the Caribbean, coastal communities up and down the east coast prepare for the worst. With that, this year’s St. Simons Island Food and Spirits Festival scheduled for October 6-9, 2016 has been postponed until a future date.

Statement from Festival Director, Jan Gourley:

Good Afternoon,

Due to the forecast of heavy rain, wind and the potential for dangerous conditions from hurricane Matthew, the St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival is postponing the majority of the festival events for safety reasons. The Southern Soul Barbecue, Bourbon & Beer event scheduled on Wednesday, Oct 5th will still be happening as scheduled. However, October 6 through Sunday, October 9 festival events have been postponed for a future date, yet to be determined.

While we regret the turn of events, we feel this is the best solution to accommodate our venders, patrons and volunteers and who have worked so hard to make this festival happen. Although it was a difficult decision to make, safety is our first concern. We have the utmost appreciation for our patrons who have purchased tickets to this year’s festival, and as the festival tickets are non-refundable and events are rain or shine; we plan to honor purchased tickets at a future festival event date. Details will be released in the weeks ahead. We hope you’ll join us in our support of all festival proceeds supporting Hospice of the Golden Isles and we hope you all stay safe in this impending storm. Details on our future event will be coming out soon. Continued updates will be posted on our Facebook page at

Best regards,


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