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April 8-10, 2016  31st Annual World Grits Festival
St. George, South Carolina
31st annual festival in St. George, The Grits Capitol of the World.  Home of the World Famous Rolling in the Grits Contest.

April 9, 2016  7th Annual South Carolina Chili Cook-off Championship
Belton, South Carolina
Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, the SC Chili Cook-off is one of the Southeast's fastest growing family events. Prizes for Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa, Peoples Choice and Showmanship. Proceeds benefit local charities.

April 14-16, 2016 - South Carolina BBQ--Shag Festival
Hemingway, South Carolina
As folks tire from their dancing they can scoot over to the BBQ competition and taste delicacies prepared by top chefs. Also car show, arts & crafts, pageant and more!

April 16, 2016  13th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival
Port Royal, South Carolina
Spring is the time for soft shell crabs and the Old Village in Port Royal is the place to get them in any form imaginable. The opportunity for soft shell crab is quick.  Local restaurants will serve up varieties of soft shell crab in clever variations. If crab isn’t your thing, barbeque, burgers, ice cream, other seafood and more also will be available.  Organizers expect food vendors, artists and crafters lined up on Paris Avenue. Children activities, live music and entertainment for individuals of all ages. Once again, a classic car show will feature dozens of old-school vehicles.  The festival will also feature the annual crab race where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by festival attendees for $10 each. The crab will be dropped into Battery Creek at 5:00 pm and the owner of the crab to cross the finish line at the Observation Deck will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Additional cash prizes will be awarded for the 2nd to 10th crab finishers. (see also: )

April 17, 2016  Shalomfest '16 - Greenville, South Carolina
Delicious pastries, hot foods and traditional holiday treats will be offered. While savoring these delicacies, enjoy Israeli dancing, live music and exhibitions that examine different aspects of Jewish life.


April 17, 2016  The Big Nosh - Columbia, South Carolina
The Big Nosh will celebrate “everything Jewish” including food, entertainment and education. Jewish food court, Israeli dancing, Jewish film and comedy clips, children's activities, discussion groups, artists and crafters and more. Supports Harvest of Hope Food Drive.

April 20, 2016  Celebrity Chef Tour - Charleston, South Carolina
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs

April 22, 2016  Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.

April 22-23, 2016  Colleton County Rice Festival
Walterboro, South Carolina
Celebrating when rice was king and Colleton County was the throne. A heritage festival with an arts and crafts area, parade, 5K run, and rice cooking contest.

April 22-23, 2016  37th Annual Striped Bass Festival
Manning , South Carolina
A special salute to the Striped Bass, which put the area on the fishing maps of the world. 25,000

April 24, 2016  29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Celebrates the historical Mount Pleasant shrimping industry with the ceremonial blessing of the shrimp fleet and a host of other family activities.

April 29, 2016  Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Columbia, South Carolina
Enjoy live jazz, savory light bites and the opportunity to consult wine experts and vintners. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Rain or shine.

April 30, 2016 Sip n' Stroll - Laurens, South Carolina
Wine and Beer Tasting.


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April 26-29, 2014  ACF Southeast Regional Conference
Charleston, South Carolina
American Culinary Federation.  The 2014 ACF Southeast Regional Conference will take place in Charleston, S.C., April 26–29. Chefs, students and foodservice professionals will experience unparalleled educational opportunities, resourceful networking, meeting with old friends and making new ones at the Embassy Suites Hotel.


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April 17, 2012
Central Carolina Community Foundation Food & Wine Festival
Columbia, South Carolina
The 18th annual event will showcase local gourmet food purveyors as well as domestic and international wineries while raising money for a good cause.




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