Bluffton Boiled

Peanut Festival.

Go nuts!

Because... why not?


a history of boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts got their start as a folk cultural practice here in the Southern United States. When peanut crops would come in July and August, the unsold peanuts would be boiled.  Family and friends would gather to share good converstion and food. 

In 1899 Almeda Lambert published the first boiled peanut recipe. Goober peas, as they were originally called, have since become a staple of southern cuisine along with fried okra, barbecue and black-eyed peas.

the Boiled Peanut Cook-Off

The Boiled Peanut cook-off was the brain child of local Blufftonians Jared Jester and Hannah Parrish. From its beginnings at the Bluffton Farmer's Market, the event has grown in notoriety and is now a large community family-centric event. 

The Cook-Off features the best Boiled Peanuts, both traditional and creative.

Bluffton's 2015 Boiled Peanut Festival was a success! 2016 looks to be even better!! Keep reading to see what it is all about!

The Cook-off

The Fifth Annual Lowcountry Boiled Peanut Cook-Off is going to be bigger and better than ever before! 

This year there will be three Peanut categories, traditional and creative, Best Overall and back by popular demand, Crowd Favorite! 

If boiling the peanuts is not your thing, there will be boiled peanut eating competition.  We will do this contest as demanded.

Community members, restaurants, bakeries, home cooks, and artisan boilers - everyone is welcome to enter so throw your hats in the ring and see what happens!

If you would like to participate head over to our SIGN-UP page. We look forward to seeing everyone!


1. Competitors must bring at least 3 pounds of peanuts (feel free to bring as much as you want, but if you run out the audience will be unable to vote for your peanuts).
2. $25 per entry.
3. Peanuts must be cooked before hand. There will be no cooking on site but you can "finish" your creation.
4. Competitors must turn in his/her peanuts in before 1:150pm for judging which will occur between 1:30- 2:00pm.
5. Peanuts will be judged anonymously. Please refrain from writing your name or company on your entries. 
6. The over-all winner of the competition will choose a local qualified non-profit for a special donation.




Bluffton Village
(Between the Library and the Post Office off 46)
Bluffton, SC 29910


September 10, 2016


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Peanut pub crawl

That's right! The Peanut Pub Crawl is back for its second year! Get your nuttiest buddies together for a night of peanut fun with great music, good drinks, and free goodies! 

This years Nutty Stops are:  Fat Pattie's, Peaceful Henry's, Captain Woody's, Corner Perk and finishing up at Old Town Dispensary. 

Date: September 9th, 2016

Time: 6pm-9pm

$25 per person

$10 Designated Driver



Native is a classic rock band with a unique vibe! They were also the 2016 winner of the Taste of Bluffton, Battle of the Bands. Native hit the Bluffton music scene one year ago and since that time they have become a force to be reckoned with. 

Lead vocalist Ben Hughey started playing local solo gigs at age 14. Zach Stevens occasionally plays guitar with Hughey at gigs. Brothers Grayson and Davis Lentz are musicians who have been playing in two local bands, one a jazz ensemble. Grayson plays lead guitar and bass/keyboards. Davis plays drums and saxophone. Zach plays guitar and bass. Ben plays guitar, harmonica and drums. 


Did you think this was just a one day event?

3 days filled with fun

The Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival has evolved from a one day event to a weekend filled with activities for the whole family to participate in. Start off Thursday with the official "Cracking of the Nut" at the Bluffton's Farmers Market, where the Founder of the Boiled Peanut Festival Jared Jester will along with a representative from Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet will start the festival off with a "Crack".  We will also be crowning our Lil Miss Peanut and Lil Mr. Goober on that Thursday too.

 Friday night is a night for the grown ups with our 2nd Annual Peanut Pub Crawl through Old Town Bluffton.

Then bring the whole family down Saturday for a day filled with tons of peanut fun. Some festival activities will include:


That's right! This year, we are going to have an entire zone dedicated to making sure kids have a BLAST at the Boiled Peanut Festival!

Thanks to our friends from around the community, we are going to have a zipline, the Euro Jumper, a rock wall, a bungie jumper, Face Painting, Hula Hoops, life size Chess Game, and fun games also!

Activities both complimentary and paid, as well as treats will be available for all ages!

Peanut eating competition | Ms. peanut and little goober competition

Peanut Eating Competition

Think you can eat more peanuts faster than your neighbor? Have at it! A prize will be awarded to the winner. You must be 18 or older to compete in this event. 

Ms. Peanut and Little Goober Competition

We are excited to present the Ms. Peanut & Little Goober Contest! This event is for children ages 18mos. to 4 years old. There will be a boys and a girls winner. We are looking for the cutest little peanuts and goobers to enter! It will be held on Thursday September 8th at the "Cracking of the Nut". This is going to be a fun event for children and parents alike.


Not from around here? That's OK! Take the chance to enjoy one of our many luxurious hotels, and make the trip one to remember!



If you would like to become a Vendor at the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, at or fill out the contact form below. 

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Stay Tuned For Our 2016 Vendors


Thank you to our 2015 vendors which include:

Cool Breeze Shaved Ice                                     AddyJo's                               Cahills - 2 booths - with scotts meats

Lowcountry Rock Lobster                                 Sassi Faces - KID AREA                      Firehouse Nuts

Jack Frost Icecream                                           Mystic Mates                                       Kona Ice

Downtown Curbside Kitchen Food Truck       Sea Smiles - KID AREA                       Mobil Peanuts

Carolina Tavern                                                   Palmetto Kettle Corn                         And More! 

Contact us!

Have any other questions? Shoot us a quick message here!

A special thanks

Thank you to Bluffton and the State of South Carolina for helping to support this wonderful, family event! 

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