Taste of Our Carolina Foothills

It is Sunday and liquid sunshine is misting over the many canopies where eager foodies are gathered to enjoy the samples of pleasure at the Taste of Our Carolina Foothills wine and food festival20150927_140532

The location, Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon is a beautiful vineyard with terraces and special group seating for the nearly 400 people attending this event. The event is a fundraiser for the Our Carolina Foothills public relations campaign to create awareness about and promote tourism in Landrum, Tryon, Saluda and Columbus.

It is wonderful to know that area wineries such as Overmountain, Mountain Brook, and Russian Hill Chapel feel comfortable coming together to showcase their great wines. According to Taste of Our Carolina Foothills event organizer Suzanne Strickland, a group of the local vineyard owners have applied to the National Association of American Wineries for the area to be considered as a designated wine-producing region. This will be a boon for a region known as the birthplace of grape growing and wines in the south.

 

 

20150927_140537The chef’s included Southside Smokehouse, Roots Catering, food producers included Forx Farm Artisan Gouda Cheese, Nick Belmont Toffee, and thirst makers such as Motte & Sons Bootlegging Company along with Flat Rock’s Naked Apple Hard Cider Little River Roasting Company who kept busy serving great drinks on a chilly afternoon.

The Desserts were fabulous! I had earlier spotted a beautiful Italian Mascarpone cake and tasted that as my parting culinary image of the festival. What a perfect place to end this savory and sweet tour!

Plan for September 2016 as you will not be disappointed http://ourcarolinafoothills.com/