The first ever Southern Roots Food and Music Festival, hosted by Visit Garden City, will take over the Garden City Town Centre Aug. 24.
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“We’ve spent the last year planning something big in Garden City to share with others why we love it,” Visit Garden City Head Chairperson Warren Boyles said. “I can’t think of a better place to bring up a family, have a business and be part of a great neighborhood, so we wanted to celebrate that with the people who live here and share it with those who come for the event.”
The festival began as a way for the organization to highlight Garden City’s distinctive personality.
The outdoor festival will occur at the Garden City Towne Centre, at 100 Central Avenue in front of the Town Centre building just off of Dean Forest Road with the Town Centre itself serving as the stage’s backdrop.
The festival will host an eclectic offering of local and regional bands playing the numerous genres that come together to represent the heart of the Lowcountry. Local favorites Chuck Courtenay, Bottles & Cans, Georgia Kyle Trio and Nicklebag of Funk stack the roster as well as The Emerald Empire Band and festival headliner Tracy Byrd.
The festival will also feature a classic car show from 2-4 p.m., a fried chicken contest, yard games and other fun outdoor activities. An outdoor seating area will be provided for food truck patrons, as well adult beverages to be served by Southern Eagle Distributors.
The fried chicken contest will feature entry by numerous local food trucks, many of which don’t regularly serve fried chicken, yet are stepping to the plate under the draw of competition. The contests winners will receive bragging rights as well as a magnet for the side of their truck and a very fun looking trophy.
With the cooperation of the weather, fireworks are expected around 10 p.m. directly following the Tracy Byrd performance. While the festival’s promoters suggest concert-goers bring blankets and comfortable chairs for seating, coolers and large umbrellas will not be permitted. There will be parking available on-site as well as an Uber and Lyft pick-up/drop-off point.