Summerville is the birthplace of Sweet Tea, there is no argument there! We are so excited about the Sweet Tea festival that we had to share all of its exciting details! We hope to see you there!
Happy September Summerville! We are excited that it’s getting closer to the official fall season, but we are even more excited about this year’s 8th annual Sweet Tea Festival that will be Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, 2019! This year Raising Cane’s is the presenting sponsor and they helping the city of Summerville create the biggest festival yet! This year the festival is expanding its hours into the weekend, allowing more people to enjoy the event. The official tea tasting has been moved to Saturday, allowing more weekend visitors to take part in this exciting event! City officials and Summerville DREAM are very positive that the number of attendees is going to grow from 2018’s over 3000 attendees for this year’s festival, and they hope the festival will reach its full potential in the next five years. They hope that by 2022 or 2023, over 40,000 people will be in town to enjoy the festival!
Summerville has always been known as the birthplace of sweet tea. But is that true? Yes! As history goes, the very first tea plantation was on Middleton Plantation which is modern-day Summerville. A few hundred years after those plants were planted, they are still growing to this day. Our beautiful little city has taken pride in this incredible resource and still celebrates it today. Not only in ways that you can drink tea, but also in the form of unique crafts, gifts, and of course the largest glass of sweet tea according to the Guinness Book of World Records. If you haven’t yet, make sure you make a visit to MASON, the enormous mason jar built to hold that large glass of sweet tea. The Summerville Museum even has an exhibit on sweet tea, and of course, don’t forget about the Summerville Sweet Tea Trail! Not only will you learn a little more about this sweet plant, but the trail will also take you on a historical tour of our town and the surrounding areas!
We hope you come out and enjoy this year’s festival! Here is a list of what you should be expecting throughout the weekend!
Thursday, September 19th
This will still be the monthly street festival but of course, it will be Sweet Tea Festival themed! This will be from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
Friday, September 20th
You will find all kinds of fun activities to do and see including the Silent Disco Block Party, Sounds in the Square, Movies in the Park, the Sweet Tea Trail, Cypress Gardens, and the Edisto River Adventure.
Saturday, September 21sth
This is the official day of the Sweet Tea tasting! The official festival runs from 3pm-9pm. 2019 sweet tea mugs and children’s cups will be on sale at the event. When you buy one of these mugs you are able to taste all of the teas that are available. You can also get a tea sample at all of the tea stops located at designated food vendors. When you are finished tasting, make sure you go to the voting booth on W. Richardson and vote for the Best Sweet Tea of 2019! You can preorder your mugs and children’s cups online. You might want to consider doing this, just in case they sell out!!
You will have access to local food vendors, crafts, music, and other entertainment and exciting things to enjoy! Come take your time and enjoy Summerville at it’s best. Let every definition of the south and Southern Charm sweep you away. We will see you there!
You can find the event on Facebook!
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