The sporadic days of 70 degree weather in January and February taunt us as outdoor venues douse their fire pits and remove the heat lamps from the patios. The flowers and trees begin to bud and throughout the Lowcountry, people begin to find reasons to be outside, celebrate and eat, drink and be merry. How epicurean! Farewell Winter Blahs, see you next year.
John T. Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance noted, “we are witnessing a proliferation of festivals in the South and across the nation”. It comes as no surprise to find one of the best known festivals takes place here in Charleston. BB&T’s Charleston Wine and Food Festival kicks off February 28th through March 3rd. With events such as the Waffle House Smackdown and Soul Food Shuffle, this festival continues to draw hundreds of thousands to our evolving culinary town. What about the beer you ask? Timmons Pettigrew, our Beer-Geek extraordinaire tells it from the tap about this year’s Brewvival. Check out our Follow This! on Irvin-House Vineyards, home to local Charleston Wines and the Annual First Flush Festival, where you can sip on their highly-anticipated moonshine as the plantation transforms into an outdoor folk music fest.
April is Eat Local Month. This March marks my one year anniversary in participating in Ambrose Farm’s CSA. I look forward to my weekly email from Babs, Subject Line: In Your Bag. Localvores rejoice. If you are interested in checking out any of the CSAs available, whether you are cooking for one or five- our Community Table gives a list so you can save money on your grocery bill, support and eat local and truly embrace this place we call home.
Eat This! aims to bring you Food Culture. There will always be new foodie trends and restaurant openings. What changes are the people and the way we all embrace food and how it shapes our daily lives. After all, we are what we eat.