Georgetown Food, Beer and Wine Festival to make debut May 21 on the Hammock Coast
Bouillabaisse, Chicken and Dumplings, Crabcakes with Roasted Corn and Melon Salsa, and Shrimp Ceviche are just a few examples of the tasty samples that will be offered at the inaugural Georgetown Food, Beer and Wine Festival.
Seventeen local restaurants, six microbreweries, and two wine distributors will offer selections for this family-friendly event, which is being organized by the Georgetown Business Association. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on historic Front Street, between Screven and Broad streets.
It will also include live music, arts and crafts vendors and a kids’ zone with inflatables, face painting and clowns. A portion of the proceeds will support Friendship Place, a local charity that helps less fortunate people in the community.
Greg Metcalfe, a GBA board member who is chair of the event committee, said the Food, Beer and Wine Festival will be a great family event to kick off the spring and summer seasons on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast®. Metcalfe owns two restaurants in downtown Georgetown, SoCo Grille and SoCo Chophouse.
“Come visit the historic city of Georgetown, experience cuisine from some of our best restaurants, sample craft beer and wine, and support a good cause,” Metcalfe said. “Spend the day exploring all we have to offer, from shops and restaurants to museums and tours. I think you’ll be amazed at what is happening here.”
GBA President Jack McManus agreed, saying that the group hopes to hold the event annually.
“We want to create a signature Georgetown event that guests look forward to each year,” McManus said. “It will be a new experience for visitors to taste local food, craft beer and wine all at one event. There will be something for all to enjoy.”
South Carolina’s third oldest city, Georgetown is home to more 200-year-old buildings than Charleston, and historic Front Street, located along the water and home to series of charming shops and restaurants, is the town’s heartbeat and boasts five popular museums. Georgetown is once again in the running to be named “Best Coastal Small Town” by USA Today/10Best. The historic municipality won the award in 2018 and has been nominated again each year since.
Attendees of the festival will purchase tokens for $2 each. Food items will range from one to four tokens and craft beers and wines are available at three tokens each. Live bands for the event will be the Stuart Pritchard Band (rock), Entranz (dance music) and the Kevin Nichols Band (country). They will perform throughout the day at Frances Marion Park in the center of downtown.
McManus said there are 14 local favorite restaurants participating in the Food, Beer, and Wine Festival, including Aunny’s Country Kitchen, Buzz’s Roost and South End Bistro, along with three new downtown restaurants that are preparing to open soon: Between the Antlers, Marker 42 Lowcountry, and Georgetown Corner Pub. Each restaurant has been asked to create three items that will be available.
He added that the six microbreweries will include Winyah Bay, New South and Tidal Creek. Wine distributers will be sharing multiple different white and chardonnay wines, as well as red wines. Two popular wines will be Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and Meiomi Chardonnay.
“What better way to kick off the summer than a day of food, beverages, music, and art, all on the Georgetown waterfront?” McManus said.
About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast
Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – southern Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, visitors can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.
Georgetown offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts. Georgetown marinas welcome boaters from around the globe. The area’s beach communities offer accommodations ranging from modern condos and multi-bedroom homes to historic inns and beach chalets.
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By Clayton Stairs / tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina’s Hammock Coast®