Ah, spring! As the air defrosts and the trees get their color back, our minds turn to many things. Some will think of baseball, spring training, hot dogs with spicy mustard, and the impending Major League season this summer. Others may dream of a beach, a comfy chair under an umbrella, a good book, and an adult beverage. Then there are those of us who can think of nothing other than sinking our teeth into a juicy, red fruit picked fresh from the vine.
Yes, spring is strawberry season! This in and of itself is reason to celebrate. Strawberries are, arguably, the best fruit there is (no side eye from you, avocado enthusiasts). And when a bunch of like-minded people want to celebrate the same thing, in the same place, it’s called a festival. In this case, a Strawberry Festival!
That means if you have nothing but love for strawberries, you may want to head to the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.
The prime reason to attend is to head on out into the fields and pick your own strawberries. It’s impossible to get fresher strawberries – and the fresher, the better. You’ll be able to make strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, real strawberry milkshakes, strawberry cakes, strawberry pancakes, strawberry jam, roasted strawberry salad with strawberry tahini dressing, strawberry balsamic pizza with chicken and bacon, roasted strawberry chickpea and asparagus couscous, and strawberry ice cream. Or, whatever your favorite strawberry recipes happen to be. You may just like popping them straight into your mouth, and that’s alright, too.
There will also be all sorts of rides and such for the family to enjoy. You’ll find the world-famous K-9’s In Flight who will be performing a number of acrobatic dog shows. The kids will be able to get up close and personal with the friendly critters of the All American Petting Zoo. There’s more than enough to make a full day of it with the kids, cousins, and in-laws.
The festival will be held Thursday April 20th through Sunday April 23rd. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 2-11, and children under the age of 2 will be admitted free so long as they have a grown-up escorting them. Tickets for the rides and attractions are separate and will be sold at the event.
Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 and is one of America’s oldest working farms. It’s a real special place to visit. Enjoy!