Gwen Fowler



Get your tickets now for Greenville's fabulous Euphoria food and wine festival

Posted 7/18/2011 4:48:00 PM

Tickets are now on sale for Euphoria 2011, which has added new events this year, including a Sunday Supper, a beer garden, and beer and spirits dinners.

Euphoria, in its sixth year, will be held Sept. 22-25 in downtown Greenville. It was founded by musician Edwin McCain and restaurateur Carl Sobocinski of Table 301 to highlight the culinary and arts offerings of South Carolina's Upcountry.

The Sunday Supper will be a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston and the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of the Southeast for 2010. It will be in the open-air Wyche Pavilion on the Reedy River.

Also new -- and joining the wine village that has been part of the festival -- will be a beer garden during the Tasting Showcase on Saturday. The Tasting Showcase includes demonstrations and seminars by chefs and master sommeliers as well as musical performances.

In addition to the wine dinners on Saturday night, there will be spirits and beer dinners. The spirits dinner will be at High Cotton with host chef Anthony Gray and guest chef Michael Kramer of Felix 55 in Houston. The beer dinner will be at Nose Dive gastropub, with host chef Joey Pearson and guest chefs David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery in Arlington, Va., and Robert Wiedmaier of Brasserie Beck in Washington, D.C.

Guest chefs will be working with host chefs at wine dinners at six restaurants. The one at American Grocery Restaurant with host chef Joe Clarke and Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta has already sold out.

One of the most popular events of Euphoria, Taste of the South, will be held Friday night at Peace Center Amphitheatre. A number of restaurants will be offering a taste of their specialties, and McCain will perform in concert with several guest musicians.

Euphoria begins this year with Songwriters Recipe: Songs and Stories from Euphoria Unplugged on Thursday night. It is an intimate evening with McCain and several singers and songwriters talking about performing and how they make music.

Other events include the BMW Mini-Driving School Experience on Friday; a jazz brunch on Sunday featuring jazz musician Mark Rapp and the Clemson University Gospel Choir; and a culinary competition among local chefs on Sunday.