Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Funnel cakes, popcorn and peanuts, oh my!
The Flowertown Festival is coming to town this weekend and in proper festival fashion, street vendors will be making their way to Summerville.
Almost as exciting as the arts, crafts and entertainment of the festival is the food, and this year festivalgoers will be able to snack on a variety of carnival fare as they walk from booth to booth.
Nearly 30 vendors will be selling food along the streets, and among them are a few Lowcountry locals.
Chris Bible, owner of The Peanut Dude, said the Flowertown Festival marks the beginning of his summer festival season.
“For us it’s the start of our season here in Charleston. All of us vendors are really excited,” he said.
The Peanut Dude is based in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, and sells traditional and Cajun boiled peanuts. The business has been open for seven years, and this will be its fourth as a festival vendor.
“It’s just a phenomenal event,” Bible said. “[My favorite Flowertown memory] is just watching the happiness, and the smiles you can see on the people’s faces as they’re cruising around. But that’s just one memory. We’ll be making more memories starting this Friday.”
Marvin Knight of Summerville, who owns and operates Palmetto Sun Kettle Corn with his wife Mary, will also be a fourth-year vendor at the festival.
Originally they were given a spot near the children’s carnival, away from the rest of the vendors, but Knight said the kettle corn stand has been a hit with the kids.
“It’s been more than successful for us. The children buy a lot of kettle corn, as well as adults, and we keep making sure every year they put us there again.”
He said the stand has gotten helpful feedback from festival patrons, including some who say they’re the best kettle corn at the festival, and has built a repeat customer base over the years.
“We just love the festival,” Knight said.
Other vendors will be scattered around the festival grounds, selling everything from ice cream to pork skins.
The 2014 Flowertown Festival food vendors are:
Artichoke French – artichoke menu items
Bobby’s concessions – fried mushrooms, funnel cakes, French fries
Breaktime of Charleston – pretzels, cookies
Carolina Quench – drinks
Charleston Festival Foods – snow cones
The Peanut Man – boiled peanuts
Country Folks Creamery – ice cream
Carolina Fun Company – drinks
Formerly McFudge – fudge and nuts
Ginny’s Fudge and Nuts – fudge and nuts
Good n Cold – Italian ice
Great Food Co-op – packaged chocolates, relishes
Coco’s Mini Donuts – donuts
Hillbilly Clan #82 – pork skins
Low Country Lemonade – drinks
Smoothie Island – funnel cakes, fries, corn dogs
T & T Kettlekorn – kettle corn
MLC Concessions – ice cream
Nick’s Pizza – snowballs
Palmetto Sun Kettle Corn – kettle corn
Peanut Dude – boiled peanuts
Shu Co. Enterprises – red velvet funnel cakes
Steak Boys – turkey legs, French fries, corn dogs
Sugar and Spice – funnel cakes
Sweet Sensations – Dippin’ Dots ice cream
The Stand - snowballs
Tropical Island – chicken tenders, fried Oreos, corn dog
Wild Bill’s Old Fashion Soda Pop - drinks