- START DATE: 1970-01-01
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- LOCATION: 9992 Pin Point Avenue, Savannah, GA, United States
Seafood, soul food, jazz and gospel music and more top the growing list of things you can find at the fifth annual Pin Point Seafood Festival on Sept. 16, 2017.
The event, set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 9992 Pin Point Ave., is sponsored by Sweetfield of Eden Baptist Church and the Ford Motor Company. The Bishop Thomas J. Sills says the Pin Point Seafood Festival was “created to highlight the rich history of Pin Point while allowing you to taste the seafood dishes that have been passed down through the generations.”
Tickets at the gate are $7 for the festival or you can purchase a $20 Ford Fast pass that includes entrance to the festival and faster food line entrances.
Once guests pay the $7 entry fee for the festival, they can go to the ticket booth to purchase tickets for the food. Each ticket is $1 and prices for food items range from $2 to as much as $24.
Dishes range from low country boil to fried shrimp, fried fish, smothered shrimp and grits, shrimp po’ boys, triple seafood burgers, lobster seafood salad, okra seafood gumbo, deviled crab and more. There is also a range of soul food items as well.
The founder, Thomas Sills, has been with Sweetfield of Eden Baptist Church for 18 years and when he noticed the Pin Point area was beginning to gain national notoriety several years ago, he wanted to start a festival that would be the church’s contribution to telling the history of the close-knit community.
In addition to telling their story, the festival also serves as way to highlight a local charity. Last year’s featured charity was Fathers Mentoring Sons, a mentoring program in Savannah that Sills started about a year ago to help local youth. Each festival gives the group a chance to also highlight a historical figure from Pin Point.
In addition to the great food, the festival also features live entertainment ranging from gospel music, jazz, a little old-school R&B, pop and a little country.
And despite the community’s small size, the festival draws thousands of visitors each year. “We are literally growing by leaps and bounds,” says Sills. “That’s what’s amazing to me. The first year we did it, I didn’t know if anyone was coming … and we had 1,200 people and it blew my mind. Last year we saw over 3,000 people and the line at the gate began forming before 10 a.m”.