Gwen Fowler



Celebrate food at June festivals

Posted 6/1/2013 7:15:00 PM

Peaches, watermelons and Gullah cuisine are reason for celebration at festivals in South Carolina during June:

Sweetgrass Festival on Saturday, June 1, celebrates the Gullah Geechee heritage, and visitors can try authentic Gullah cuisine and other foods offered by more than 15 Lowcountry restaurants and food vendors. It’s noon to 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant.

A Taste of Newberry will spotlight the city’s finest cuisines, with food from Steven W’s Downtown Bistro, The Palms Grill and Bar, The Flying Pie, and Main Street Bakery and more. It’s 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 14.

The 43rd annual Ridge Peach Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Trenton features arts and crafts, festival foods, a country store with peach preserves, jams, and jellies, and fresh peaches from Titan Farms

The Cocktail Party and Live Auction of the Edisto Island Open Land Trust 6:30 to 10 p. m. Friday, June 21, will include open bars and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

The 71st Hampton County Watermelon Festival takes place around the county June 22-30. One distinction of the Watermelon Festival Parade, which will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, is that it travels the longest parade route in South Carolina, going 3.2 miles from the town of Varnville to the town of Hampton. At Taste of Hampton County at 7 p.m. Tueday, June 25, enjoy the specialties of cooks from all over the county.