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Annual Pin Point Seafood Festival shares history, flavor of community

  • Pin Point Seafood Festival (Savannah Morning News file photo)
  • Pin Point Seafood Festival (Savannah Morning News file photo)
 

Annual Pin Point Seafood Festival shares history, flavor of community

12 Sep 2017

For the fifth year in a row, the rich history of Pin Point comes alive during the annual Pin Point Seafood Festival on Sept. 16. The event serves up a variety of soul food and seafood grilled up, fried, steamed, broiled and sautéed. And while the food is always the main attraction, it’s served with a heaping dish of history on the side.

The area known as Pin Point has long been admired. The rural settlement, founded by freed slaves after the American Civil War, is still owned by the ancestors of the original purchasers. It’s the largest area of water from land owned by African Americans here in Georgia and was a self-sustaining community, living mainly off the water, with families of working fisherman and women of the Gullah Geechee ancestry.

“The festival allows a new generation to experience our rich history firsthand,” said Thomas Sills, founder of the annual Pin Point Seafood Festival and bishop of Sweet Field of Eden Baptist Church, which produces the event. “We can see how those generations before us lived and how those traditions are being carried on.”

Admission for the Sept. 16 fest starts at $7, plus the cost of food. A fun zone will keep the kids entertained and live music will add to the ambiance. For those in a hurry, a Fast Pass can be purchased for $20 and allows you to fill your plate twice as fast.

The fest has grown exponentially year by year, said Sills. Folks come from surrounding states to feast on the Pin Point history with recipes that have been passed down from generations. There’s much to do during 10 hours of operation, and Sills encourages everyone to come early and stay late.

“It’s a family friendly fest with a range of people,” he said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Expect lots to see, do, learn and eat during the annual event. And this plate of history is as delicious as it comes.

IF YOU GO

What: Fifth annual Pin Point Seafood Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16

Where: 9992 Pin Point Ave.

Cost: $7 or $20 VIP, plus cost of food

Info: pinpointseafoodfestival.net

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