The Colleton County Rice Festival

Published by: SCNHC     Categories: Unique EventsFoodwaysColonial History

In 1685, a merchant ship paid for repairs at the port in Charles Towne with rice seed from Madagascar. This simple act of trade for services catapulted Georgia and the Carolinas into 200 years with Carolina Gold rice at the reigns of society and wealth.

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The Roots of Shrimp Gumbo

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Africans came to South Carolina early, both directly from Africa, and via the Caribbean, particularly Barbados. From the beginning Africans outnumbered Europeans in colonial South Carolina and they had a vivid memory of their West African cultures and culinary habits.

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A Rebirth of The Belmont

Published by: SCNHC     Categories: FoodwaysEat LocalDay Trips

In 1903, The Eureka was the place to stay in Abbeville for traveling businessmen and touring theater companies. Complete with a barber shop, banquet rooms and the convenience of being close to the Opera House, the hotel was a grand jewel of the community.

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Cornbread & sop

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For decades poor South Carolinians (and folks of other classes too!) have eaten molasses in one form or the other with almost every meal.

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Story from a SC Chef

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Chef Alexander Smalls grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His grandfather served as his mentor in the family kitchen and garden.

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