In 2013, a pepper put South Carolina on the global stage by being awarded the Guinness World Record for the World’s Hottest Chili. That pepper is known as the Carolina Reaper and is cultivated right here in Rock Hill, South Carolina by the PuckerButt Pepper Company. The storefront for PuckerButt is located in Fort Mill and also offers a huge variety such as hot sauces, salsas, seeds, plants, mustards, jellies, seasonings, and snacks.
The only event of its kind in the entire United States, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) is a three-day affair that celebrates everything wildlife and nature. This includes exhibits and programs for art, conservation, sporting demos, food & bev, and more.
There’s no better place to get a taste of the historic fishing village of McClellanville than T.W. Graham & Co. The chef hauls in his own crab and dishes out southern seafood dishes that will bring you down to earth. Favorite fare here is seafood, obviously, but the desserts are also just as delectable!
Located in the charming Ram Cat Alley area of Seneca is Vangeli’s. Serving up Cajun/Creole, Greek, Mediterranean, and southern fare for both lunch and dinner, Vangeli’s really does has something for everyone.
The first micro-distillery in South Carolina, award-winning Palmetto Moonshine concocts several varieties of moonshine and whiskey, all from original recipes and mash bills passed down for over a century. The distillery offers free tasting and tours six days a week in Anderson, South Carolina and they also just opened a new location in Myrtle Beach!
For some real southern flavor, venture to Saint George on the rural outskirts of Charleston. Shug’s Southern Soul Café serves up a serious menu of comfort food including wings, seafood, and burgers. If it’s too hard to choose one entrée, just stop by for the Sunday Buffet where you can sample the best of everything.
This weeklong celebration of the arts has quickly become one of the best events in Southeast. Over 400 masterpieces are displayed throughout various venues in the downtown area of Lake City as they compete for over $100,000 in prizes.
Just a few miles south of Charleston you’ll find the Charleston Tea Plantation. America’s only tea garden features nine flavors of tea, tour options, and an awesome gift shop! The plantation is in close quarters to Deep Water Vineyard, the only domestic winery in Charleston along with the famed Angel Oak, which as seen more than 1,500 years of Lowcountry history.