If you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC there are two different ways you can celebrate the Gullah culture in Mount Pleasant this weekend. The "Real" Taste of Gullah is on Friday, May 31st from 6:00PM-10:00PM at Waterfront Memorial Park. Then there is the Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday, June 1st from 12:00PM-8:00PM also at the Waterfront Memorial Park.
The "Real" Taste of Gullah
The annual "Real" Taste of Gullah event provides an up close and personal experience with the Gullah Geechee people's culture through their Gullah cuisine, art form, gospel and jazz music. Performers includes storytellers, The Secret Jazz Band and Songtress, Zandrina Dunning. Renowned local Artist, Jonathan Green will present an illustrated talk with a look into the heart of the Gullah Geechee people's rice culture, accompanied by students from Sanders Clyde Elementary School, performing the African Rice Dance.
Delicious Gullah cuisine will be provided as well. Witness the "Traditional Ceremony of Passing" on the sweetgrass basket making art form, by elder basket makers to the next generation. Enjoy a spectacular Fashion Show featuring sweetgrass hats and purses made and model by local basket makers. A Silent Auction will provides a chance for guests to own one of Jonathan Green's works of art and/or one of several beautiful sweetgrass basket. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
The highly anticipated Sweetgrass Festival will celebrate the rich Gullah Geechee cultural heritage and provides the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry area.
This year's event features an assortment of unique handmade arts and crafts, paintings, live performances, and documentary films. Festival-goers will enjoy a day filled with entertainment that includes gospel songs and praise dance, storytelling and Gullah Geechee skits, basket-making demonstrations and the Adande African Drummers and Dancers.
Visitors will be treated to a variety of authentic Gullah cuisine, classic barbeque, fish, chicken and beverages offered for sale by more than 15 Lowcountry restaurants and food vendors. Children and adults will enjoy family friendly activities including a waterslide.
Publications on Lowcountry Gullah Geechee history, fiction, and cookbooks will be available for sale as well. Admission and parking are free. The festival is a family event.