Thousands of people spent the weekend tasting all that Greenville, South Carolina had to offer. Each September the food, wine and music festival called Euphoria offers up four days of indulgence.
On Friday night, the lines for Euphoria’s, Taste of the South event stretched all the way out to the street, curving around the plaza at the Peace Center. This was Euphoria’s 10th year and the level of excitement surrounding it was high. As the heat of the South Carolina afternoon subsided, attention turned to the hot dishes chefs were dishing out inside the Wyche Pavillion, the shell of an old textile mill along the Reedy River. It was an evening for sampling the best dishes in the city, filling up cups with a wide variety of beer and raising glasses of wine in a toast to this city’s culinary creativity.
Just down the main steps of the pavillion, the chef from Nose Dive (Gastro Pub) served up a twist on Shrimp and Grits, a South Carolina favorite. Instead of serving them up in a bowl, the shrimp (which was pickled) was placed on a small slice of toast made out of the grits. Nearby, the chefs at the Westin Poinsett served up Ceviche with a slice of baked apple wrapped in bacon. Soby’s New South cuisine dished out hearty portions of roasted pork and red peas drenched in a savory red sauce. Other items on the night’s menu included Chipotle meatballs, lamb chops and rabbit soup.
Saturday’s events began with the Tasting Showcase. While much of the focus under the big white tents is on wine, guests got plenty of chances to graze through a wide variety of foods ranging from creative mini-cupcakes, infused olive oils and brisket from Nard’s Backyard Barbecue in Greenville. Across the street, Jim Cantore and Alex Wilson of the Weather Channel hosted a cooking showcase with guest chefs and musicians. As the sun set, six area restaurants became THE place to be as Euphoria’s guest chef dinners got underway. Meanwhile, at the city’s baseball stadium, Fluor Field, filled up with food trucks serving up things like catfish fried in corn dog batter, traveling tacos, and barbecued chicken wings. Saturday ended with a new event called Swanky and Sweet. Overlooking the city from the patio at the ONE building, this event featured truffles covered in edible glitter, decadent chocolates and a wide variety of alcoholic ice creams.
Music filled the air Sunday morning at Euphoria’s Jazz Brunch. From baked halibut and goat cheese scalloped potatoes to creme brule french toast there is no wonder families make this a tradition each year. While the music was playing, a group of kids across the street competed in a healthy cooking competition alongside guest chefs. The final event of Euphoria is the Sunday Supper at the Wyche Pavillion. Needless to say, if you went to Euphoria 2015 then you probably were left hungry for more when Euphoria returns in September 2016.