If you’re a foodie and you’re thinking about moving to Greenville, you’re in for some pleasant surprises and some truly great events.
Greenville’s signature food, wine and music event Euphoria is a four-day foodie extravaganza in September. The festival brings in celebrity chefs, vintners and musicians to tantalize all five senses of lucky ticketholders. Euphoria launch events happen throughout the year so follow the festival on social media.
Euphoria has made a tremendous impact on Greenville’s food scene. “When you can bring three different Michelin starred chefs here in one year, it elevates everyone around them,” says co-founder Carl Sobocinski, who co-founded Euphoria with singer/songwriter Edwin McCain to benefit their charity Local Boys Do Good. “Others feed off the passion those chefs have, and it drives people to better themselves.”
You barely have time to diet after the holidays before Restaurant Week Greenville begins in January. For seven delicious days and nights, participating restaurants offer savory and sweet three- and four-course prix-fixe meals at value prices, an excellent way to indulge your curiosity at a few new places. In March, more than 20 restaurants serve $4-$10 portions of tantalizing tastes during the Greenville Small Plate Crawl weekend.
August’s Foodie Fest is yet another opportunity to sample yummy prix-fixe courses by local chefs. Foodie Fest is supported by several of the city’s upscale restaurants and restaurant groups. Find it on social.
Family-friendly Fall for Greenville brings yet more joy to local palates. Each year in mid-October, more than 40 local restaurants and breweries set up booths along Main Street so folks can sample their dishes. Local bands provide the entertainment, and there’s always a play area for kids.
Mill Village Farms benefits from an annual Secret Supper on Summer Solstice. Local farmers offer seasonal farm tours, suppers and special events, like Greenbrier Farms’ Campfire Social.
A trend which will probably stick around is the city’s ever-growing list of local supper clubs, some “secret,” some not. One noteworthy club is Renegade Vittles, run by Darlene and Joe Clarke, the owners of American Grocery Restaurant. They invite guest chefs from North and South Carolina to partner with Chef Joe and cook up some fabulous themed meals. To be in the know on this and other dinner clubs, watch Facebook and local food-friendly media.
Last but not least, apple picking in nearby Hendersonville is a fall rite of passage. Look like a local by taking something on wheels to hold your stash. And in case you find yourself doubting it – like I confess I did – rest assured that the warm apple donuts at Sky Top Orchard are worth the wait in line!
-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’