A fun community atmosphere, gourmet food, and a variety of wine samples await you at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. This annual celebration of good taste will take place from February 28 until March 4, 2018, and interested parties can attend more than 21 various events in a packed schedule that was lovingly put together by a passionate group of culinary enthusiasts. Now in its 13th season, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is feeling lucky this year regardless, featuring a steadily growing world-class event.
The guest list for the festival ranges from reputable chefs from all over the world to local favorites, farmers, and experts. There are also a number of difference experiences offered, from the central “Culinary Village,” to dining events at local restaurants, to brunches and beverage workshops, and even educational classes on Charleston cuisine. The festival is also mission-based, which means you can feel good about buying a ticket: 92 cents of every dollar the event makes goes towards funding the festival’s community efforts and giving back.
If you’ve ever wanted to see 80,000 lb of oysters in the same place, then the 35th Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the place to be! Now in its 35th year, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the largest in the world. The event features everything from live music to oyster eating contests. Trust us when we say this is an event you don’t want to miss out on!
Named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival features Oyster Shucking and Oyster Eating contests of the likes you’ve probably never seen before.
In addition to spectating the contests, attendees will enjoy live music, plenty of wine, a wonderful selection of beers, and a food court that features delicacies from local restaurants—one of Palmetto Ford’s favorite features. A children’s area is available for use and ensures that kids can have a fun time at the festival while staying out of harm’s way.
Proceeds from the Lowcountry Oyster Festival will benefit The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston Country Schools Science Materials and Resource Center, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Pay a visit to Boone Hall Plantation on January 28th to enjoy some fresh oysters and support a good cause!
If you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.
The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.
This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit spoletousa.org.
Runners, put on your running shoes, fill up your water bottle and get ready for one of the most beautiful annual races in South Carolina. The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k is back again this October 16 on John’s Island. Walk or run this beautiful organized trek through some of South Carolina’s most breathtaking scenery. The Half Marathon and 5k follow trails that will take you through landscapes of fall foliage, gorgeous old oak trees and enchanting wildlife.
The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k both start at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 16, at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Registration for the half marathon is $40 for Charleston County residents and $48 for everyone else, while the 5k is $28 and $34 respectively. Registration runs through October 7.
Friends and family who aren’t participating are welcome to come along for the experience and enjoy the pleasant fall weather while they wait for their runner or walker to finish. At the end of the race, all can stick around to enjoy a celebratory post-race meal and complimentary live music. This race is one of the most scenic and rewarding of its kind in the area. You won’t want to miss it!
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TV Food Maps is a site that investigates restaurants seen on TV, and they have a particular section on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – which, coincidentally, covers the full range of where we like to take our classic muscle cars for a cruise. If you have a nice vintage car and you’re looking for a suitable place to cruise in your old-school Mustang, check out these recommendations pulled right from the site’s TV-approved archives.
Kicking off on September 15th, the Scottish Games are bound to leave a lasting image in your mind. A rather unique event, the Scottish Games feature a variety of activities that span several days. With the addition of live entertainment, the enjoyment factor can only go up. Designed with attendees of all ages in mind, there’s something for everyone!
The Scottish Games kick off with a Scotch Whiskey tasting at Gage Hall. On September 16th, the Tartan Ball offers a classy atmosphere with a live band and heavy hors d’oeuvres (which are reason enough to go if you ask us). After that, the real entertainment starts.
The piping and drumming competition is one of the largest in the southeast. When it comes to heavy athletics, no people perform quite like the Scottish. The sheaf toss, stone of strength, and caber toss will all be performed by both professionals and amateurs. Shortly after, Scottish dancing presents a different take on the culture.
Saturday brings the after-party and Sunday closes things out with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan. Rathkeltair and Carroll Brown will take the stage with live music straight out of Scottish culture through the Scottish Games.
There are games, crafts, and culture for children as well as an appearance by Ronald McDonald. Children will also be able to watch Border Collie demonstrations.
We here at Palmetto Ford encourage you to attend the Scottish Games in Charleston come this September!