Gwen Fowler



Local products and dishes shine at Coastal Uncorked

Posted 5/14/2011 11:39:00 PM

A brief downpour didn’t keep folks from having fun inside the Coastal Uncorked Wine Tasting Tent and Gourmet Village at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach Saturday.

The ground underneath the tent got soggy, but crowds inside enjoyed food and wine samples. Vendors were pouring wine and selling jams, dips, decorated wine glasses and wine bottles, even canned boiled peanuts.

At one end of the tent, brothers Matt and Ted Lee signed copies of their cookbooks. In the center, culinary instructor Tom Mullally of Horry Georgetown Technical College demonstrated how to make sushi and appetizers. Several restaurants were passing out samples of their food, including Tommy Bahama, with a delicious goat cheese, encrusted in macadamia nuts, with a mango salsa.

The wine tasting, part of the second annual Coastal Uncorked Wine and Food Festival, was one of the stops on the two-day Tasting Trolley, or people could buy tickets for the wine tent alone.
Sheila Skipper of Margaret Holmes dished up samples of canned goods made by the Effingham company, including boiled peanuts and red beans and rice. The rice, she said, was grown right down the road in Georgetown.

Sallie Dent Porth was doing a brisk business selling her specialty herbal fruit jams. Porth, who lives in Cameron, launched her business, Sallie’s Greatest, late last year. Flavor combinations include strawberry and basil; blueberry lemon and thyme; peach pepper and ginger; peach and mint; blueberry and lime; and blueberry and lavender.

My friends and I also took in the last few stops of the Tasting Trolley route. The tasting trolley runs up and down Ocean Boulevard on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with stops at eight hotels, a beer-tasting event on the city’s new Boardwalk, and the wine tasting at the Market Common. Spreading it over two days is a good idea because it is too much to take in on one afternoon.

Our first stop was at Compass Cove Resort, where the theme was Tour De’ Europe. While I ate bratwurst and sauerkraut, a group did the chicken dance to the music of a polka band.

The Landmark Resort held a Fiesta Under the Sun, complete with sangria, margaritas, a lime-grilled shrimp salad, fish tacos, and a mariachi band.

Our last stop was at the Bayview Resort, where a Southern rock band played and the staff served barbecue sliders and fried onions.

Did you miss the trolley this year? Then plan to be in Myrtle Beach for the Tasting Trolley and other great Coastal Uncorked events next year.