Gwen Fowler



Lots of great tastes at Greenville's Euphoria

Posted 9/28/2013 6:53:00 PM

Chris Walker of Spartanburg calls himself a “vertical foodie.”

The owner of Blue Moon Sauces, Spices and Spreads, Walker said he grows plants from seeds, sells plants, then sells cherry tomatoes or green beans, and “then I take that stuff and make it better – mo’ better.”

Walker was among a group of vendors at Euphoria’s Tasting Showcase Saturday afternoon, and all were serving up generous samples of food, wine, beer or spirits.

Euphoria, the Greenville food, wine and music festival, started Sept. 26 and runs through the weekend. The event also included cooking demonstrations and beer and wine seminars.

A crowd wandered through booths spread through three large tents. One celebrity spotted in that crowd was Ben Stein, actor and political commentator who has a son who lives in Greenville. Taryn Scher, who is in charge of public relations for Euphoria, invited Stein to come over Saturday afternoon, and he was soon strolling around and posing for photos.

Stein also has written about his love for Greenville, calling it the “most charming and friendly of small cities.”

In an article in American Spectator in April 2013, Stein wrote: “All of South Carolina is wonderfully old-fashioned and warm, but Greenville is the best place ever. The main street is chock-full of helpful, open faces on both men and women.”

Among the beverage vendors were Firefly of Wadmalaw Island, known for its sweet tea-flavored vodka, and Dark Corner Distillery, which makes moonshine on Main Street in Greenville.

Representatives of Buffa’s Cheese Biscuits, Sallie’s GreatestCaroline’s Cakes, Leopard Forest Café, Poppington’s Popcorn and The Sweetery were also sharing samples.

Patricia McKee of Charleston was on hand selling a timely item – a little pouch that you can carry your wine glass in. Sip In Style offers glass holder necklaces in an assortment of colors.

Walker of Blue Moon is especially proud that most of the habanero, jalapeno and other peppers in his Habanero Hot Sauce and Giddy Up Ketchup come out of his garden. He said his wife helped out him years ago refine his pimento cheese recipe, but the rest of his products are by his recipes. He makes all 40-50 products he makes, without contracting them out to others.