It’s no exaggeration to say that visitors can find euphoria in Greenville, S.C. – the annual, premier food and wine festival, that is.
Euphoria spices up Greenville’s downtown, already a foodie culture, with a full weekend lineup to celebrate food, wine and song. Experts from each craft join the crowds to share their talents, tasty bites and fun facts.
Here are a couple: Greenville is located in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is an easy drive from any direction. Euphoria begins on Sept. 26 and runs through Sept. 29.
This year’s highlights include a celebrity lineup of chefs from around the country intermixing with the finest chefs in Greenville. Guest chefs include Dale Talde of TALDE in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Jeff McGinnis of Yardbird in Miami; James Boyce of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Ala.; Anthony Lamas of Seviche in Louisville; Ryan Smith of Empire State South in Atlanta; Rob Newton of Seersucker in Brooklyn; Mike Lata of FIG; and José Gutierrez of River Oaks Restaurant in Memphis.
Musical talent this year comes from Kim Carnes, Josh Leo, the Adam Craig Band, Mark Rapp, Bob DiPiero and Tim Nichols.
The festival includes cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, food trucks, multicourse dinners and plenty of live music. You can see the full event schedule at www.euphoriagreenville.com.
While Euphoria is engaging, the festival schedule leaves room to check out a few of the other reasons why Greenville is a sought-after destination. Take a sunset stroll across the Reedy River on the Liberty Bridge, a 355-foot pedestrian suspension bridge that glows in the evening light and stretches above the river’s 60-foot waterfalls and the Falls Park gardens.
Bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a rails-to-trails project that runs through downtown.
Shop in a wide variety of retail shops and peruse the many art venues.
Visit Heritage Green, home of four nationally recognized museums, to soak up fine art, history and educational fun time with the kids.
Ninety-nine restaurants – many of them chef-owned – can be found along an eight-block section of Greenville’s Main Street. Culinary interests collide here in most flavorful ways. There are more than 900 hotel rooms in downtown alone.
• Fall for Greenville, Main Street, Friday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m., Oct. 11-13: Discover a world of tempting tastes, sights, and sounds, as mouthwatering aromas carry you from one end of Main Street to the other. More than 40 of Greenville’s finest restaurants will be showcasing almost 200 menu items. Each booth offers something for everyone. Free. For more information, call 864-467-6667 or visit www.fallforgreenville.net.
• Boo in the Zoo, Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Drive, Oct. 18-20: Join in a safe, non-scary trick-or-treat event for kids 12 and under, held annually in October. Adults can come in costume, too. For more information, call 864-467-4300 or visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
• Open Studios, Metropolitan Arts Council, 16 Augusta St., Nov. 1-3: Ever been in an artist’s studio? This weekend is your chance to go behind the scenes in the lairs of more than 100 area artists. For more information, call 864-467-3132.
• Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Road, 6-10 p.m., Nov. 28-Dec. 30: Drive through the tunnel of lights, up candy cane lane, and by dozens of light displays. Admission: $10 for car/SUV; $20 for activity van; $40 for a bus.
For more information on these and other events, visit www.visitgreenvillesc.com.