Do you have FOMO (fear of missing out), worst yet FOMOF (Fear of missing out on food)? Look no further! We've got you covered with a list of some must see South Carolina food events in 2016. The south is known for its amazing food and for good reason. Start the year off right and plan now for these 10 South Carolina food events.
Charleston Resturant Week
January 6th-17th 2016 Charleston, SC
If you live in Charleston SC you've attended or at least heard of restaurant week. For those of you that don't know here's how it works; over the course of a week (no pun intended) you can get multiple menu items for fixed prices. This spans over the greater Charleston area. From Downtown Charleston all the way to Summerville, you can enjoy anywhere from 2-4 course meals ranging from $20-40 dollars. This is a great time to try out restaurants in the area you've been missing. See a full list of participants and prices here.
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
January 31st 2016 Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is one of the biggest annual events in South Carolina, and named the biggest oyster roast in the world! Each year they have 80,000 lbs of oysters, enough to fill an entire eighteen wheeler! The oyster eating and shucking contests are a favorite of participants and attendees alike. Although there will be no shortage of beer and wine don't worry, it's kid friendly as well. Children 10 and younger get in free. There will be jumping castles, pony rides, and live music. Buy tickets in advance to save money.
Charleston Food And Wine Festival
March 2nd-6th 2016 Downtown Charleston, SC
People travel from all around the US to go to this South Carolina food event. Over a span of four days there will be 100+ food and wine events you can attend; most festivities require you to buy tickets in advance and all are 21+. It all surrounds Marion Square Park. There will be Charleston excursions, culinary classes, wine tastings and more! For more information visit their website.
Annual World Grits Festival
April 8th-10th 2016 St. George, SC
Did you know St. George South Carolina is the grits capital of the world? Neither did we. The World Grits Festival can be fun, crazy, and downright silly sometimes. Things like the "Grits Rolling Contest" where contestants dive face first in a mini pool of grits to see who can stash the most in whatever clothes or crevasses they have make this event a truly fun one. This event is great for all ages. There are plenty of other competitions like the wheel barrel races, beauty contests, and eating contests. This is not to be missed, check out their website here.
Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival
April 16th 2016 Port Royal, SC
Having had 12 successful Soft Shell Crab Festivals to date we assume there will be a 13th this year though it hasn't been announced yet. What can you expect? Lots of food, beer, games for children, and not to mention soft shell crab cooked in about every way imaginable. One of our favourite parts of the festival is the crab race for charity where attendees can purchase a crab for $10 and 5,000 crabs will be released all at once into Battery Creek; the first crab to pass the observation deck receives a $2,000 cash prize! Cash prizes for 2-10th places as well. Soft Shell Crab Festival
South Carolina Strawberry Festival
May 6th-7th 2016 Fort Mill, SC
If you don't love strawberries we don't fully trust you. This event is packed with fun for everyone. For entertainment you can watch any of the four eating contests or check out the car show. Not your thing? How about the beauty pageant, golf tournament, wrestling matches, movies and FOOD. Best of all it's totally free to attend.
September 17th-26th 2016 Greenville, SC
This South Carolina event was founded in 2006 by songwriter Edwin McCain. You wouldn't expect amazing food to come from a musician founded event; Yet, each year Greenville, SC enjoys decadent multi-course dinners, informative cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and some of the most anticipated food of the year. Of course being founded by the legendary Edwin McCain, you can expect live music from talented recording artists all over the nation.
Taste Of Charleston
September 23rd-25th 2016 Charleston, SC
This South Carolina food event is hosted on Boone Hall Plantation. What more is there to say other than this event is centered around the food. 50+ Charleston restaurants will be there serving up their best dishes. You can bring your kids too, under 10 gets free entry.
Irish Italian International Festival
September 24th 2016 Myrtle Beach, SC
Rain or shine over 15,000 attendees show up to try the vast array of Italian and Irish food. There will also be two stages for live entertainment. If you think you can hang with the best of them there's the hilarious spaghetti eating contest. There will be many other food competitions as well as plenty of entertainment for the kids.
Beaufort Shrimp Festival
September 30th-October 1st 2016 Beaufort, SC
Make sure to check out the Beaufort Shrimp Festival where you can enjoy great seafood, art, and fitness (there's even a 5k at the event). 15+ Resturants will be serving their greatest shrimp dishes for you to judge in the coveted Silver Cup award! Does your child rip through shrimp like a shark? If so you should enter him or her in the Shrimp Peeling competition for children. Much like the Soft Shell Crab Race there's a charity shrimp race you can enter. If you prefer to participate in a race on two legs sign up for the 5k by September 29th, info here
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