If you’re in a Charleston beach house this weekend, a couple fun festivals are taking place.  First up, it’s the Smoke on the Harbor Barbecue Throwdown, now in its fifth year.

It’s a fully sanctioned national event, under the auspices of the KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society). These pit masters are serious, hard-core men and women who have their eyes on the BBQ prize… and you get to be the lucky beneficiary.

The competition cranks up tonight with the chicken wing competition, going on from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Lookout Pavilion at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina  –  20 Patriot’s Point Road in Mount Pleasant.  It’s a convenient drive from all our rental homes South Carolina.  From our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, head over Sullivan’s to Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, and turn left right before the base of the Ravenel Bridge.  For those staying in Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC, head over to the peninsula, cross the Ravenel Bridge, exit to the right onto Coleman and take your first right off the bridge.  Just follow the smoke!

Then tomorrow (Saturday, November 12th), from noon till 5:00 p.m., it’s the BBQ competition.  Get set for world-class pork, ribs, brisket and chicken.

World-class BBQ near your Charleston beach house

World-class BBQ near your Charleston beach house

There’ll be all sorts of samples as well as other food and drink available for purchase.  There will also be live music, a huge vendor village, a bartender mixology competition (the Iron Bartender George Dickel Mixology Competition), kids’ zone, and last but not least a food drive benefitting the fine folks at East Cooper Meals on Wheels.

Tickets are $10 general admission, although if you bring five non-perishable food items to be donated, you’ll get $5 off at the gate.  Sampling tickets are $1.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free.  These folks didn’t come to play  –  so it’s a great way to feed AND entertain all the folks in your Charleston beach house, whether you’re in a luxury house at Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

Here’s the official website, which includes the final points results from previous years (gotta love some of the creative BBQ team names  —  Pig on Fire, Blowin’ Smoke, 99 Problems But a Brisket Ain’t One, Bunch of Dumbies, Cackalacky Que, Tom Tom Bob A Que)… as well as a full schedule of events:  http://www.smokeontheharbor.com/

Last year’s winners were:

Grand Champion:    SMOKE CENTRAL BBQ
Reserve Champion: JB’S SMOKEHOUSE

Peoples Choice Wings:  SWIG & SWINE
Peoples Choice Pork:  SWIG & SWINE

Here’s their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/SmokeOnTheHarborBbqThrowdown


Also going on near your Charleston beach house…

This is also the weekend for celebrating another staple of southern cuisine, sweet tea.

Nearby Summerville is the self-proclaimed capital and birthplace of sweet tea, as we say earlier this summer where they went for and set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest cup of sweet tea (read more in this BLOG).  Well, this weekend they’re cranking up the party again with the Sweet Tea Festival, going on now through Sunday.

Get ready for:

  • Sweet tea competition
  • Live music
  • Food trucks
  • Half Marathon
  • Fun Run & Walk
  • Modern art show & sale
  • Farmers market
  • Vendors galore
  • A Pageant selecting Miss Sweet Tea, Junior Miss Sweet Tea, Mini Miss Sweet Tea, and Tiny Miss Sweet Tea. Isn’t that sweet!

Summerville’s a simple drive up I-26 from all our SC vacation rentals, be they Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Here’s more:  http://www.summervilledream.org/sweet-tea-festival


So enjoy a couple classic southern specialties, and when you are looking for luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to call EP.  We’ll pair you up with the perfect Charleston beach house.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger