Do you like how I’m just making up words now? Well, I couldn’t find the right word to describe Bluffton so, out of necessity, “festivaliest.”
If you have never been to Bluffton, South Carolina, you probably will want to visit soon. It’s been getting all kinds of press lately and the secret seems to be getting out about this awesome growing town. Or maybe you have been there but just didn’t know it. If you have ever gone to Hilton Head Island, you drove through Bluffton to get there. But not far from the big box stores and strip malls along US 278 is a magical, funky little town with great art, great history and great food.
Bluffton is just a really cool place to hang. And Blufftonians like to celebrate. A lot. It seems like there is a festival in Bluffton just about every month. Or really every week. The Bluffton Farmer’s Market is truly one of the best I’ve ever seen. With live music, farm stalls and food vendors lining Calhoun Street and little concern for open containers, it is like having a festival every single Thursday. But there are also serious organized festivals throughout the year.
It’s hard to come up with a favorite festival as each has its own unique focus. But the one I probably look forward to most is the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. It’s that perfect time in the South Carolina Lowcountry when the weather is not too hot, not too cold, not too buggy. Artists from all over the region come to display their work and thousands of people come to see it and to sample the delicacies from our rivers, marshes and sea.
And of course, Lowcountry Foodie Mama likes to eat. And I often have a hard time pacing myself. I’m like a kid in a candy store. Or a shrimp store in my case. There’s all manner of shrimp, gumbo, oysters, crab cakes, lobster rolls and LOTS of non-traditional seafood preparations. It is truly a foodie’s mecca.
I also love to peruse the fabulous art on display and occasionally bring home something I had no idea that I needed. There are other festivals with much kitschier crafty stuff, but this festival features some serious artists participating in a juried show. Last weekend was the finale of this year’s Art & Seafood Festival and, as always, we had the very best time! And, no, I didn’t actually eat ALL of the food I took pictures of. We were lucky to be joined by several friendly strangers when we stopped at a table to eat. They were all too happy to talk about the food they were eating and invited me to take photos! I promise!
Below are just a FEW of the many festivals that Bluffton has to entice you here.
If you are heading to Hilton Head, Savannah or Charleston, check out what’s happening in Bluffton. You may find that it’s worth a day (or two) trip to check it out.