2016 marked my first time at the Flowertown Festival in Summerville, SC. One of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, the Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival is family friendly and FOODIE FRIENDLY! This time last year my family and I were driving from Columbia, SC to Summerville to meet up with friends at their church and get a feel for what would be our new home at the end of that month. As we got close to town I was surprised to see that newly familiar roads were blocked off for some sort of festival. What?! How irritating?! It was then that I discovered that droves of families were unloading themselves onto neighboring streets to walk to the event.
While my husband found a detour, my kids and I pressed our faces against the glass of our car windows in an effort to see what all the fuss was about. As it turns out, the Flowertown Festival was in full swing. One year later I found myself living only 5 minutes from the festival. So you KNOW I was gonna be there. And you KNOW I was going to get lunch!
First stop was to try the Lowcountry Cuban panini by the Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse. Melted brie was dripping off the sides!
Then I came across an interesting booth – Pep Rolls. “Whaddya got?” I say. Apparently if I was from West Virginia I’d already know. Here we have what looks like a regular little roll. Then, SURPRISE! Sticks of pepperoni are hidden inside this perfect on-the-go snack.
Pep Rolls gave me the option of buying 4 of their mini pepperoni rolls or buying a bag of them in bulk. You can guess what I did. Then they invited me to visit them at another market where they’ll sell lunch-sized versions on large rolls. You bet I’ll be there.
Coming from just around the corner, literally, is Molly & Me Pecans. They didn’t have to lug their goods far from their Summerville storefront at 217 S Cedar Street to the hustle and bustle on S Main Street.
Pecans are my favorite nut. Walnuts? Please. They got nothing on these bad boys. Molly & Me Pecans even kicks them up a notch with a variety of flavors like “Sneaky Hot” and “Bourbon”. I fell in love with “Sugar & Spice” to which my husband exclaimed “How did they make a gingerbread pecan?!” – he was hooked.
Isn’t their packaging the cutest? As someone who once attempted the design courses at SUNY Purchase, I can appreciate the work that goes into a well designed brand.
I also tried their praline squares and had to hide them from my son when I got home. There was no way I was gonna share.
When I was little I can recall other festivals and fairs that featured dozens of arts and crafts vendors. My mama would take my sister and I along and I usually had a few bucks to spend. It’s nostalgic for me and thrilling at the same time. All those people with all that talent and all those cool things!
And then I came across a booth (also with fun branding) that featuring the perfect combo of local, handmade, beautiful, and unique. Charleston Map Jewelry has it down!
Each piece features a map of Charleston but can be custom made for any location you like. I snatched up the prettiest pair of earrings and a few business cards. If you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaids gift for a destination wedding, look no further!
Another charming booth was Lil Faye clothing for kids. I had seen this booth at our regular Summerville Famers’ Market last year. If you have little ones, beware. Everything is cuteness the the max! You will cry and you finger through the little dresses and baby boy bowties!
You gotta try boiled peanuts when you’re down south. As someone who went without them for 14 years while living in New York I can absolutely appreciate the “Boiled Peanut” signs on the side of the road. Sketchy? No! CONVENIENT!
This nice couple of “From The Heart” made me artichoke french. And it was some of the best money I spent all day.
To be honest, I had a tough time picking a flavor from the Mudd Pie Girl Bakery booth. I like it all. Especially pecan. But there sat that lusciously yellow lemon pie and after what seemed like a million years I tucked it under my arm.
After chatting with the co-owners, Tina and Bill, it was clear that they knew their stuff. They recommended putting a dollop of whipped cream right on top of that lemon pie. I followed through with my own homemade whip and, no kidding, it was insanity. My husband had a couple bites and then I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to take over. That was MY pie.
Mudd Pie Girl Bakery – you did good. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend at the Flowertown Festival in Summerville, SC!