The delicious and versatile combination of shrimp and grits is an iconic Southern dish. Yet, what started out as a fisherman's breakfast has evolved into a high-end culinary staple that’s moving past the Southern states and is making its way onto menus across the country.
There's even a festival dedicated to the dish—the only one of its kind.
Held in the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District on the Georgia coast, this year's Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival will be held for the seventh time from Sept. 14-16.
Click through to see amazing recipes from the festival.
Harlan Hambright of Saint Simon’s Island, Ga. won first place in last year’s amateur competition for his International Shrimp and Grits recipe --a savory dish of grilled marinated shrimp with pesto-flavored grits. Hambright competed against six other chefs, and won $500 and a commemorative plaque.