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Stirring up some fun and food in the Lowcountry - for Literacy.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The 8th Annual "Cooks and Books" fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry was held Sunday at the Marriott in Palmetto Dunes.  

Folks from throughout the Lowcountry and Coastal Georgia flocked to the fun-filled, family-friendly event that boasted all sorts of wonderful gourmet food,  a chefs' competition, and the chance to mingle with lots of local authors.

"I think it is a great event for Hilton Head because it is a local event. A lot of locals come out here, as well as everyone staying in the hotels. It gives them a sampling, to come out and see some of the restaurants that they may have forgotten about, or not have visited yet, so it is a really good event," said Amie Baima, Skillets Grille & Cafe.

"I have sold books like hotcakes; the turnout is fabulous, and I just would encourage anyone who missed it this year not to miss it next year," said novelist Cassandra King, spouse of another well known Lowcountry author, Pat Conroy.

WTOC's Sonny Dixon was the Emcee.   Chef Stephen Stewart of Tidepointe won the coveted  Heat is On" championship - with his daughter, Shannah Stewart serving as his assistant.   Stewart had finished in second place three times.
Frankie Bones restaurant of Hilton Head Island took home the People's Choice Award.

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