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ISLAND RECREATION FALL FESTIVALS BY LOUISE LUND

One of the best times of year for being on Hilton Head is practically upon us. Brisk mornings warmed by sunshiny blue skies and low humidity make it great weather for being outdoors. Festivals are always a great place for friends and family to mix and mingle with neighbors, bringing together a crowd of fun-loving folks ready for an excuse to let loose. This year, autumn brings a wide array of exciting events and activities for everyone to enjoy. The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all ages, will be sponsoring The Burgers and Brew Festival, on Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the Oyster Festival, Fri, Nov 11, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., both to be held at Shelter Cove Community Park The Island Recreation Association and its community sponsors have served our community well, planning many fun-filled events throughout the year for families and friends. The Burgers and Brew Festival is back and local restaurants will be preparing their best slider burgers. We all know a good beer isn’t complete without a good burger. Shelter Cove Community Park will transform into a fall fest complete with a beer garden, restaurant stations, and a kids’ zone. The festival has highlighted the best American food the island has to offer since 2012, when it was first held. Local restaurants will gather at the park to prepare

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a variety of sliders and compete for the best burger. Attendees will vote to select their favorite. Festival-goers can expect to see some inventive burgers. Turkey, shrimp, lamb and even bologna were grilled or cooked last year, and more than 20 craft beers will be available to taste. A beer garden, sponsored by Ocean Woods, will feature 20 different brews. There will be live music, a kids’ zone with plenty of moon bounces and games, as well as a big screen television with a viewing area for college football fans to watch and cheer on their favorite teams. “Burgers and Brew kicks off our fundraising season, and last year’s event was excellent,” association executive director Frank Soule said. “As long as beer and burgers stay popular, which I don’t foresee changing any time soon, there is an excellent opportunity for this event to grow.” Expect bold, unconventional pairings, like filet mignon tartar topped with chopped caper, shallot, onion relish, crispy parmesan disc, arugula, herb mayo and fried egg. The 2015 Burgers and Brew Festival winners for last year were: 1st Place - Charbar Co for their bacon marmalade cheeseburger, The Champ; Pork belly pimento jalapeno hamburger, or Dirty South, and their Chili Cheese Frito Burger with sweet onion. 2nd Place - The Lodge for their Stoned Smoked Porter Slider, with cheddar and stone smoked porter onions; Hot Asian Slider, with Hot Asian sauce, wonton strips, and Siracha drizzle, and Fried Mac and Cheese Slider, with

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