Strawberries aren’t the only reason to throw a festival in South Carolina this time of year. Here are a few more you might want to consider for your last-minute plans:
The stars of the Rosewood Crawfish Festival in Columbia on May 1 will be 5,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish, boiled and ready to eat. There also will be many other food vendors, arts and crafts, live music, a 5K race, and activities for the kids. Activities are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. See www.rosewoodcrawfishfestival.com for information.
In McClellanville on May 1, the Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet will feature such delicacies as boiled or fried shrimp, Frogmore stew, fish stew, shrimp or chicken kabobs and more. The local shrimp fleet will be blessed at 2 p.m., and there will activities for kids and music throughout the day. The time is 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit www.lowcountryshrimpfestival.com.
The Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring Hispanic food along with lots of music and dancing, will be 7 to 11 p.m. May 1 at the Visitor Center Bus Terminal downtown.
The food is always fantastic, says festival co-chair Lee Deas. Expect to see traditional Mexican food vendors El Dorado, Los Reyes and Vallarta Grill, and Carribean food from Tropical Paradiso. Drinks will include Dos Equis beer and Cuervo margaritas. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Part of the proceeds go to the Ryan White HIV Care Program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
For information and tickets, go to www.charlestoncinco.com.
Sample prize-winning barbecue at the second annual Hog on the Hill Barbecue Cook-off in Chester May 7-8. The barbecue cooking begins Friday afternoon. Sarah Caldwell, president of the Chester Downtown Development Association, said 25 teams will be preparing their best. You’ll get your chance to taste as many as you like, for $1 per sample, on Saturday. Tickets will be sold in books of 10. Judging by the S.C Barbecue Association will be at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, the festival starts at 8 a.m. with a fun walk. A “Hawg Callin” contest is at 9 a.m. Holly Herrick of Charleston, author of “Southern Farmers Market Cookbook,” will do a cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m. and will be available to sign her book. Carnival rides and horse and carriage rides, and an antique tractor show will be part of the fun on Friday afternoon and throughout the day Saturday.
For information, go to www.chesterdowntown.org.