10 food festivals in the Myrtle Beach area for the first half of October

Fresh crawdads are another popular treat. The Little River Blue Crab Festival crowds the narrow streets of the waterfront with people from around the region looking for some great food, live music and a huge selection of vendors.

Foodie fests, including some benefits

— “St. John’s Greek Festival,” benefiting various charities, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 33rd Avenue North Extension, Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17. $1 ages 11 and older, otherwise free, also with free shuttles to and from Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, 1401 29th Ave. N. 843-448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb.org.

— “Grillers Cup Hot Pickin, Finger Lick’n BBQ Cook-Off,” for Help4Kids/Backpack Buddies, with competitions in wings at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Lakewood Camping Resort, 5901 S. Kings Highway, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach, about 1 mile north of S.C. 544 (843-447-7383 or lakewoodcampground.com). Free admission; buy food samples. 843-651-4310 or help4kidssc.org.

— Irish-Italian International Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30,  on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach – including spaghetti-eating contest, 2:15 p.m. at stage at 400 Main St.; sign up 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at festival information or CIAO booths. Free. 843-280-5570 or parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?news=true&id=9

— Conway Downtown Alive’s “Rivertown Dine-Around” culinary tour, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30,  across downtown Conway; pick up map at Conway Visitor Center, 903 Third Ave. Free admission, with pre-registration at 843-248-6260 or conwayalive.com. Most samples $2-$4.

— Pilot Club of Conway’s Chicken Bog, benefiting local charities, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Conway Masonic Lodge, 903 15th Ave., Conway. $7. Delivery available for orders of 10 or more plates. 843-446-6347.

— Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North. Free admission. 843-855-0527 or www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com.

— Overflow Fellowship Church’s “Fish and Grits Festival,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Living Water Baptist Church, 1569 S.C. 9, Longs. 843-421-9531.

— “Festa Italiana,” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common. $1 admission ages 13 and older. 843-333-7523 or www.sonsofitalymb.com.

— “Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off,” for Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, and Morse Park Landing, all on U.S. 17 Business, on south end of Murrells Inlet. Free admission. 843-333-2034 or surfridergrandstrand.org.

— Little River “ShrimpFest,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at 4460 Mineola Ave., on Little River waterfront. Daily for ages 13 and older – $4 advance, $5 at gate, and free for children 12 and younger. 843-249-6604 or littlerivershrimpfest.org.

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