Can’t Miss Food Festivals in South Carolina

By:Libby Wiersema


The Palmetto State offers a wide variety of festivals for any palette. From the humble roots of harvest celebrations, county fairs and farmers markets, food festivals evolved into events designed to educate, entertain and even raise funds for local causes. If you’ve got an appetite for food festivals, come taste the bounty of SC flavors across these beloved favorites.

Here’s a roundup of some of our most popular foodie gatherings you'll only find in South Carolina.Savor some of South Carolina's most beloved flavors at these festivals:

Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival (September)

Bluffton, SC

Taste South Carolina’s favorite snack.

South Carolina Cornbread Festival (April or May)

North Columbia, SC

Celebrate the South’s hallmark bread.

Irmo Okra Strut (September)

Irmo, SC

Boiled, fried, pickled, baked, dried – experience the many ways we eat okra.

Chitlin Strut (November)

Salley, SC

No soul food experience is complete without a sampling.

Loris Bog-Off (October)

Loris, SC

A perfect opportunity for the chicken bog-curious to find out what all the fuss is about.

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival (August)

Columbia, SC

Everybody’s favorite summertime fruit gets star treatment.

South Carolina Pecan Festival (November)

Florence, SC

Witness just how nuts we are for pecans at this lively fest.

Sweet Tea Festival

Summerville, SC

Be awed by the world’s biggest glass of tea and learn why this town is the birthplace of South Carolina’s favorite elixir.

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