The beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for the 13th annual A Taste of Beaufort Festival. Produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, this free admission festival on May 4 and 5 represents two days of food, music, beer, wine and fun for the whole family.
At the main event on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy traditional and innovative food choices being offered by local restaurants and sample the many different “tastes” of Beaufort. From local seafood to international food offerings, be prepared to find a new favorite dish. Food and drink vendors will accept tickets that can be purchased at the ticket booths for $1 each. Items will be sold for two to seven tickets. Stay entertained while eating with live music on the pavilion stage, or let the kids frolic on the jumpers and slides located near the playground area. An arts and crafts market will also be open during festival hours.
Also on Saturday, May 5, the festival’s popular 5K Run and Walk Through History will begin at 8 a.m. The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle streets. All require advanced registration. Find registration forms online at www.tasteofbeaufort.com or www.active.com. Race packet pick up and registrations will also be available at the Visitors Center at The Arsenal on Craven Street, Friday, May 4, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, before the race from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
On Friday, May 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., Shaggin’ With a Taste proudly presents The Headliners performing Big Band, the Classic Rock and Roll, Beach Music, Motown and hits from the ’70s to the ’90s, so get ready to dance! The Beaufort Shag Club will be on site giving beginner shag lessons and demonstrations. To fill your hunger, local restaurants will be selling early “tastes.” New this year is the arts and crafts market from noon-5 p.m.
The festival is sponsored by: Hilton Head Nissan, Hilton Head Volkswagen at New River Auto Mall; Hargray; Cricket Communications; MCAS Beaufort a Division of CPM Federal; The Greenery, Inc.; Best Western Sea Island Inn; Budweiser; Amazing Event Rentals; Sutcliffe Golf Carts; Beaufort Shag Club; State Farm: Andy Corriveau & Amy Bowman; Plums; Pepsi Beverage Company; Woodforest Bank, Marine Federal; Lend Lease Atlantic Marine Corps Communities; Lanier Parking; and Wells Fargo Bank, N. A..