Jan 26 2015

Taste of Folly 2015

Folly Beach was a hotbed of activity on Saturday. Rainy weather with gusty winds couldn’t keep people away from the fun and good food found on Center Street during the Taste of Folly event. Starting at 11am, restaurants and vendors set up shop on the closed down street and offered some of the best eats found on the island. Bands rocked out on two stages, children were found playing in the streets while enjoying icy treats, and libations were poured generously for the adults.

Blu at The Tides had some of the fanciest of the fares, with a duck and white bean cassoulet steaming up and teasing us with its delicious aroma. The Crab Shack served some of their best as well. A huge crab cake laid upon a lightly fried green tomato, and shrimp and grits with tasso gravy made for a nice tasting. Up the street, you could choose a variety of drink options at the Grill and Island Bar. Vodka and rum cocktails, wine and beer, or special drinks made for the occasion were briskly served alongside a bacon filled mac and cheese with huge chunks of lobster blended in. Woody’s Pizza had boxes and boxes of their pepperoni and cheese pies flying out for just $1 a slice. By the end of the day, most everyone had sold out of their day’s specials, and the day had cleared up nicely with a breeze hovering at around 8 mph.

The party then moved up the street on Folly Road to the Brick House Kitchen for an annual oyster roast organized by Ben Bounds of Follywood Productions. Over 600 people converged on the outdoor location and dined on fresh oysters harvested freshly from the local rivers. Barbecue, hot dogs and chili filled up eager tummies as they drank and danced to tunes played on two stages by bands like the Daryl Hance Trio, Travelin’ Kine and the Piedmont Boys. All of Bounds friends helped to celebrate what turned out to also be his birthday, and we all enjoyed a great time.

The Taste of Folly was a free event to attend and prices for food were very reasonable. As stated, you could enjoy Woody’s Pizza for simply $1 a slice! Tickets for the oyster roast were also very reasonable, especially considering the fantastic amount of musical genius that was found on the stages. For just $12, you could jam with your favorites. They offered all you could eat fresh local oysters for $15, and there were plenty to be had! The weather turned out perfect for both events and made for an extremely fun and engaging day at the beach. Put these on your calendar for next year!

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