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Harvesting in the Bacon Forest

Harvesting in the Bacon Forest

My senses came alive at yesterday’s Culinary Festival, a part of Palmetto Bluff’s 2013 Music to Your Mouth.  Celebrating the best of southern cuisine, spirits, artisans and much more, it was all there – sight, touch, sound, smell and, most importantly, taste.  Add a pinch of a spectacular riverfront setting, a hint of well-dressed attendees and a dash of celebrity chef and you’ve got a recipe for a great day!

Some of my highlights from the day’s festivities?

TASTE

One of the many culinary offerings

One of the many culinary offerings

Upon entering the Wilson Village my eyes went straight to the Bacon Forest.  My husband’s nickname for me isn’t Sausage for nothing.  An array of bacon from spiced to chocolate covered to rice crispy treats were strung among impeccably decorated trees for passerby’s grabs.  I went straight for the chocolate covered.  A chocolate bacon virgin as of yesterday morning, my palate was more than delighted.

Once under the grand tent, it was fair game.  We went straight to a tasting by South Carolina’s own Firefly Distillery.  A sampling of their Southern Accents Pecan Pie liqueur mixed with coffee got the day started off as most days should – with coffee, but today with a kick.  Next, a stop at one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston, Cypress.  And, we were not disappointed.  Chef Deihl showcased one of his specialties – Charcuterie, or, in my own words, processed meats gourmet style.  When we first visited Cypress I couldn’t have been more intrigued by the chef who would serve bologna on his menu.

Next, we were on to a multitude of wine tastings and then a stop to sample the oyster stew being served by Chef Lata of FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston.  I got a little flustered upon meeting the James Beard Best Chef: Southeast winner (2009) but that didn’t stop me from slurping down the New England native’s oyster stew on sample at the grand tasting.

The taste winner?  Chef Kevin Gillespie’s, of Top Chef fame, pig skin risotto.  After that bite and a half of an experience, I think my husband is considering leaving me if the red-bearded chef would have him.

SOUND

Bluegrass Heavy Metal entertained all afternoon

Bluegrass Heavy Metal entertained all afternoon

To top off the day for my heavy metal-loving husband, there was a bluegrass band playing hits from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Led Zeppelin.  In about the only fashion I can handle heavy-metal, we rocked out to Crazy Train and even Master of Puppets. 

When the day was over, we left with full bellies and a bottle of commemorative wine from Turley to remember the day.  Needless to say, it was a day we will never forget.  Between the food, the wine, the spirits, the music and the overall ambiance, it was, hands down, an event worth splurging on.  Make sure to mark your calendars now for 2014 (click here for updates) and you’ll see me there amongst the hanging bacon and the South Carolina distilled bourbons.