From sweet potatoes to sweet tea, South Carolina celebrates food from every corner of the state. Whether you’re a Southern foodie or just looking for a fun and affordable event to attend, check out these top South Carolina food festivals across the state.
Soft Shell Crab Festival
Every year, the Port Royal Old Village Association celebrates crabs and the town of Port Royal at the annual Soft Shell Crab Festival. Thousands of visitors travel to showcase vendors, entertainment, soft shell crabs and community.
Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival celebrates the sweetest strawberries in the South every year at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens. The family-friendly event also includes games, a petting zoo, a bounce house, a pie-eating contest and of course, strawberries.
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Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival
The nutrient-rich sweet potato is a beloved veggie in Hopkins, South Carolina. The Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival features tasty and local variations of sweet potatoes as well as carnival rides, live music and performances and a health fair.
Charleston Greek Festival
Enjoy Greek culture and fare at the decades-old Charleston Greek Festival. This cultural tradition includes the tastiest Greek food from gyros to finikia to baklava to chicken moussaka. Come for the food and stay for the dancing, cultural exhibits and Greek wines. Find out what it’s like to be Greek for a night!
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Blues, Berries & BBQ Festival
Hosted by the River Community Foundation, the Blues, Berries & BBQ Festival in Columbia offers fun for the whole family. The weekend event showcases local and national artists, decadent fare, a farmer’s market, kids’ activities and a pie-eating contest.
Summerville Sweet Tea Festival
Downtown Summerville brews up the Summerville Sweet Tea Festival every summer. Browse Summerville’s quaint historic downtown shops and boutiques and enjoy the diverse musicians performing at the festival. Grab a souvenir cup and celebrate the South with arts and crafts, antiques, spirits and, of course, plenty of sweet tea.