Thousands attend 7th annual Taste of the MarshWalk

The two-day Taste of the MarshWalk saw thousands of visitors converge on Murrells Inlet. (Photo by Chris King)

Restaurants served up delicious samples of what’s
made Murrells Inlet famous for great food, hospitality

Joey Ray and a group of friends were enjoying a beautiful January afternoon, listening to live music, drinking the cold beverage of their choice, and sharing laughs along Murrells Inlet’s MarshWalk.

The group joined thousands of others over Jan. 25 and 26 to take part in the seventh annual Taste of the MarshWalk. 

While Ray made the trek to specifically see country-folk duo If Birds Could Fly, one of several bands that performed over the two-day event, visitors and locals were arriving for myriad reasons. And, most importantly, they came hungry!

Taste of the MarshWalk featured a host of exhibitors, crafters and kids activities, and some of the Hammock Coast’s most popular restaurants were serving food to throngs of attendees from Georgetown County and beyond.

Guests sampled food from eight participating restaurants – The Claw House, Tuna Shak, CreekRatz, Dead Dog Saloon, Bovine’s, Wahoo’s, Drunken Jack’s, Creek Ratz, and Wicked Tuna. Food that tempted visitors included everything from seafood gumbo, she-crab soup and black bean bourbon chili to crab bruchetta, pork gyoka and a variety of sushi, among many other delectable offerings.

When they weren’t enjoying the food, guests often set their gaze on the sweeping views of Murrells Inlet. There was hardly a cloud in the sky, contributing to the area’s stunning natural beauty and the area’s temperate climate, which allows for an outdoor festival in late January.

Welcome Y’All to the Taste of the Marshwalk … and the many craft vendors along the way! (Photo by Chris King)

“We love the MarshWalk,” Ray said. “It’s a beautiful day and a lot of fun with friends and family. It’s the sun, food and drink we are coming to enjoy. It’s hard to ask for much more.”

With temperatures in the lows 60s, the weather was ideal, allowing vendors that ranged from local apparel companies to artists to sell their wares to an eager crowd.

“It’s a very good event,” said Jennifer Briscoe, a representative of Hooked Soul, a local fishing company. “There are always a lot of people here. We get to meet all different people and sell them stuff they really want to wear.”

Among the fun things for children were balloon animals. (Photo by Chris King)

While exhibitors enjoyed a good weekend and kids flocked to the petting zoo, the MarshWalk’s highly acclaimed restaurants were the star.

The ½-mile long MarshWalk is home for set-down dining throughout the year, but for this special two-day event, they were also serving small plates, ranging in price from $3 to $5. Drunken Jack’s trigger fish over crab fried rice, hush puppies and she crab soup produced the weekend’s longest lines, but the coconut shrimp at Wahoo’s wasn’t far behind. In fact, if the crowds at Dead Dog Saloon, CreekRatz, Bovine’s, Tuna Shak, The Claw House and Wicked Tuna were any indication, their offerings were also well received from the hungry crowds.

Taste of the MarshWalk has always been one of the highlights of the Hammock Coast’s winter calendar, and the event’s reputation will only grow in the wake of the 2020 event.
— By Chris King

The MarshWalk’s many fine restaurants draw crowds to the Hammock Coast throughout the year. (Photo by Chris King)