The Olde Charelstowne Sertoma Club coordinates one of the most popular barbecue competitions in the South, and this year the Palmetto BBQ and Brew Festival makes its debut at Prospect Hill Plantation on Edisto Island. In existence for 25 years, and mainly held at the Ladson Fairgrounds, this competition saw 75 cooking teams compete in 2008, including entries from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois. Back in 1984 the event hosted just 24 cooking teams who were mainly from the Lowcountry. Prospect Hill Plantation is a historic property that is on the banks of the Edisto River, and will host the cook-out competition and a fireworks display on Friday night. The BBQ & Brew Festival is also being held in conjunction with the Edisto Island Museum, who is presently hosting the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit "Key Ingredients, America by Food." The exhibit explores how the food we eat connects us to our communities, heritage, and national culture. I predict the folks gathering at Prospect Hill will exhibit how much Southerners like to eat barbecue, which will demonstrate that pulled pork is indeed part of our heritage! The BBQ and Brew Festival has already donated more that one millions dollars to charity, and has a fine corporate sponsor in grocery store chain Publix. Friday night activities begin at 6 p.m. when cooking teams serve up stew, soup or chowder, and get their whole hogs on the grill in order to cook them all night, followed by the Sea Island Fireworks. Saturday's events begin at 11 a.m. and tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children. Also on Edisto this weekend is the annual antiques sale at Cassina Point Plantation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Come to Edisto and enjoy our Lowcountry outdoors!
My photos show the beautiful grounds at Prospect Hill Plantation on the banks of the Edisto River, a sign that speaks to the caring nature of the cooking teams, a whole hog being prepared for cooking by Fat Boys Barbecue of North Charleston, and some of the awesome fireworks that were enjoyed by all on Friday night.