There are elements of human history that have survived the test of time, others are younger but already of vital influence to a region. Traditions can pre-date the written record, or can come into confluence as people of different ethnicities and cultures merge in new ways. Whether you want to experience cuisine that has been enjoyed since ancient times, or experience a unique blend of language and custom that can only result from the mixing of backgrounds the southeast has something for you.
A Favorite Through the Ages
Oysters have been enjoyed by man for millennia. Evidence of oyster farming dates back to Roman times, and consumption even farther. The oyster has been considered both a delicacy, and a working man’s meal, but no matter the station it is a favorite of connoisseurs. This ancient love of the oyster is evident by their continued popularity, and perhaps that is why festivals celebrating them are well attended.
The largest oyster festival in the world is held right in the heart of the southeast. Charleston will once again host the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, taking place Sunday January 26th. Eager attendees will shuck through 80,000 pounds of oysters, enjoy the cuisine of local establishments and food trucks, listen to bands entertaining the crowd and participate in various contests.
In addition to being a popular event for devotees of the oyster, the festival is also a fundraiser for many local non-profits. Proceeds go to a number of important charities, incuding: The Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.
For advance tickets, maps to the location and more visit: http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/lowcountry-oyster-festival/
A Culture All Their Own
The Lowcountry is home to a culture all its own. The unique circumstances that led to a consistent influx of people from Africa, even as residents of the area acclimated to the language and culture of the United States created an amalgamation that has resulted in a heritage that provides strength both to its people and the region as a whole. The Gullah have their own language and traditions, and are a vital element to the Southeast.
The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is a means for both Gullah and non to learn more about the people and traditions that arose from the region. Starting on January 31st and holding events through February 23rd locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to experience Gullah foods, entertainment, arts, crafts and more.
For tickets or to learn more please visit: http://www.gullahcelebration.com/.