Southern Living Taste of Charleston, SC coming up!

The Yum Diary is hitting the big Southern Living Taste of Charleston next Saturday and Sunday, October 8 + 9, 2011 at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC! (#SLTOC @Southern_Living)

I'm so pumped about the restaurant scene in Columbia, SC; over a dozen chefs make it a priority to buy from small, sustainable local farms on a regular basis. This farm-to-table movement is larger in Charleston thanks to the great tourism revenue down there, so I always enjoy checking out the Lowcountry dining scene to see what cool ingredients are being specially grown for restaurants.

I went to Boone Hall on a lark with my dear friend, filmmaker & food writer Chrissy Loader (@LemonadePie on Twittah), in '09 and fell in love with it. Tis a rad place to visit. 

Boone Hall is still family owned, and it's been "continuously growing and producing crops for over 320 years."

 Beautiful grounds, not too manicured...

 Cool old farm equipment in pristine-ish condition...

 Hidden paths...

A groovy motorized surrey tour through the woods and pastures...

And one of the longest, most beautiful allees of live oak trees in all the land.

The allee is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. Cool, right?

I am quite stoked. (Thank you to Southern Living for the complimentary ticket!) Here are some press images from prior Taste of Charleston events:

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If you go, hit me up on Twitter and let's hang out! The Shop Tart is going too, so you can bet that we will be


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