Local vendors to serve up street food at festival

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

File/Journal Scene The Peanut Dude is one of several local street food vendors participating in the Flowertown Festival.


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

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