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Food and drink rewind – GREENVILLE JOURNAL

It’s been a good year in Greenville. With a rise in delicious creations from our city’s impressive line of chefs, the local culinary scene is stronger than ever. The diversity and vibrancy of agricultural product suppliers was spotlighted. Even with staffing issues remaining and local legends saying goodbye, this was a good year to satisfy appetites big and small.

Euphoria is back

annual food festival euphoriaIn September 2019, the 17th year, he made a full-fledged return since 2019.

In addition to live music, this year’s event features four exclusive tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, multi-course dinners, and appearances by renowned and acclaimed chefs.

This highlight of the fall event came after Governor Henry McMaster awarded Euphoria with the Governor’s Cup at the 57th Annual Governors’ Conference on Tourism and Travel.

In Memory of Thomas Creek Brewery Partner Tom Davis

Photo courtesy of Thomas Creek Brewery’s Facebook page.

In November, the city’s craft beer scene said goodbye to one of its own. Local legend Tom Davis, co-owner of Thomas Creek Brewery, died at his home at the age of 59 after being diagnosed with papillary cancer in October.

Long considered the “father of upstate craft beer” after founding the brewery with his father in 1998, Davis put his craft into practice at a time when the brewing scene was just a hint of the future. Built a brewery.

“Tom has inspired and supported the entire brewing community here in Greenville,” said Don Richardson, Packaging and Filtration Manager at Thomas Creek Brewery. It’s one of many tributes he received after Davis’ death.

Roadside markets offer more than meets the eye

Pinebreeze Farm Strawberry Fields and Garden

Next time you’re looking for the best produce in the region, why not hop in the car and take a drive.

That’s because the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Accredited Roadside Markets Program highlights roadside markets you may not be aware of. Markets receive free signage and publicity to showcase local produce to consumers.

The program is an offshoot of a larger program called Certified SC Grown and features a searchable database by county to help shoppers find fresh produce near them. There are currently 154 roadside markets in South Carolina, nine of which are in Greenville County. All comply with a list of regulations governing, for example, the hygiene and quality of the products sold.

wage issues

These days, for example, “Help Wanted” signs at fast food restaurants across town show starting salaries that are more than double the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

But with the cost of living rising, a single childless worker would need to earn $17.50 an hour to meet the affordable wages calculated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Here in Greenville, restaurant workers saw wages and opportunities rise, while restaurant owners struggled with continued labor shortages and rising food costs. But inflation remains a major concern for all sectors of the economy, and it remains to be seen whether there will be more or no closures.

Split Creek Farm feta is one of the best cheeses in the world

Photo credit: Split Creek Farm Facebook page

Split Creek FarmThe goat’s milk feta cheese is one of the best in the world, according to the jury of. 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest Held in early March.

Anderson Goat Dairy split creek feta It came third in the semi-soft and flavored goat’s milk cheese category, behind submissions from farms in Spain and the Canary Islands, but outperformed submissions from farms as far afield as France, Italy and Okinawa. defeated.

Located at 3806 Centreville Road, the farm sells cheese at local markets and outlets such as Swampra Rabbit Cafe & Grocery.