Taste of Folly2018-01-18T16:47:01+00:00

Taste of Folly 2018
January 20th & January 27th on Folly Beach

Taste will showcase everything Folly with a special emphasis on our eclectic culinary scene. On Saturday, January 20th, we will serve up great dishes and exhibit our skills through live cooking demonstrations. What’s a festival without some competition? Taste will feature a Chili Cook Off, Hot Dog Eating and Oyster Shucking Contests, and the Server Olympics. Complemented by 13 local bands, 40+ Folly art, craft, and fashion vendors, and a robust kid area!

For everyone’s safety animals, coolers, bikes, skateboards, skooters or similar items will not be permitted into the event. Large bags and backpacks are subject to search.

Street Festival, January 20th, 10 am – 4 pm, Center Street:
The Taste Street Festival will showcase all Folly has to offer with food samples for purchase plus a ton of free activities and entertainment with admission. Admission to the street festival is $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Folly residents (must show valid drivers license) and kids 12 and under are free. Attending all of the festivals? Get our Season Pass and save.

Cocktail Competition, January 27th, 7pm – 10pm at the Tides Hotel:
Hosted by Cannon Distillery, the Cocktail Competition is from 7 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, January 27th at the Tides Hotel. Taste craft cocktails made by the Folly restaurants and bars and vote for your favorite.

Tickets to the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include a free sample of all cocktails. Come out and vote for your favorite cocktail hand crafted with Cannon Distillery’s Grit, Chai Noon, or Early Bird vodkas.

Participating restaurants include:
Chico Feo
Drop In Bar & Deli
Folly Beach Crab Shack
Locklear’s on Little Oak
Jack of Cups
Pier 101
Rita’s Seaside Grille
Snapper Jack’s
St. James Gate Irish Pub
Surf Bar
Taco Boy
Woody’s Pizza

FREE with Street Festival Admission:
Wristbands for 21 & Over
Commemorative Event Cup available in all Folly restaurants and bars

Cooking Demonstrations:
Select restaurants will have live cooking demos at their booths throughout the day.

Kids Kitchen:
Check out the Kids Kitchen by Good Clean Fun with Pots & Pans Percussion, the Soapy Sudsy Kitchen, Plate Spinning, and pasta making.

Inflatables! The kids will certainly burn off some energy with our inflatables, one will be reserved for toddlers.

Arts & Crafts:
Kids can make a culinary-inspired memento with the Folly Beach Library

Bert’s Hot Dog Eating Contest:
On the Ashley stage at 12:30, folks will take to the stage to see how many Bert’s dogs they can scarf down. This is some great entertainment on a January afternoon. Free to enter, sign up in advance (select General Admission Tickets below to enter) or the day of. Prizes given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Crosby’s Fish & Shrimp Oyster Shucking Contest:
New this year, come show off your shucking skills with local oysters from Crosby’s Fish & Shrimp Co. The winner will receive a nice prize from Crosby’s Fish & Shrimp Co. and some great bragging rights. Entry is free! Kicks off at 1:30 pm on the Ashley stage. Sign up in advance by clicking General Admission Tickets below or the day of.

Server Olympics:
Ever run through tires with a tray of drinks? Nothing easy about it. Folly waiters will perform their customary duties while going through obstacle courses. Heats start at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm on the East and West sides of Ashley Ave. Award ceremony directly following on the Ashley stage.

13 Folly acts be spread across four stages at Ashley, Huron, W. Erie and W. Cooper. Here is our lineup!

Ashley Stage: Whit’s End @ 10:30, Two 3 Ways @ 2 pm

Huron Stage: Shakin Martini’s @ 10:00, Deadwin @ 11:45 and Ashes of Old Ways @ 2:00.

W. Erie Stage: Thomas Champagne @ 10:30, Bobby Sutton @ 11:45, Toni Manos @ 1:00, Sunflowers & Sin @ 2:15.

W. Cooper Stage: Sweet T @ 10:30, Jeff Houts @ 11:45, Waltzing Matilda @ 1:00 and Dave Grunstra @ 2:15.

Chili Cook Off:
A Taste of Folly tradition, the Chili Cook Off will start at 11 am at The Washout restaurant until supplies last. $20 to enter, $5 per person to taste and vote. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! The winner will also receive free entry next year! Chili Cook Off entries will receive free admission to the festival. Select General Admission Tickets below to enter.

Volunteers, please contact Becca Lesesne: [email protected]

Cocktail Competition Tickets
General Admission Tickets
Download Vendor Application

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