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South CarolinaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Great southern cooking and cuisine is part of the charm of South Carolina. On a cooking vacation to South Carolina, you’ll delight in the variety and diversity of South Carolina cuisine, from BBQ to Gullah favorites to Charleston’s world-famous she crab soup. The South Carolina traveler will discover and savor one incredible dining experience after another, from little out-of-the-way places and timeless roadside diners to elegant dining rooms and unforgettable oceanfront restaurants. No matter what your tastes, a South Carolina cooking vacation will leave you hungry for more. This is authentic southern cooking at its best!

Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to South Carolina

Charleston Epicurean Escape
As one of the East Coast’s most picturesque cities, Charleston is best known for its antebellum row houses, beautiful waterfront, southern hospitality and fabulous Lowcountry cuisine. While you’ll find a bounty of epicurean options to explore during this special getaway, what may surprise you is the wealth of culinary talent to be found in this historic port city. Come discover the energy, the refinement and the cuisine of this distinctively southern destination.
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Location: Charleston, South Carolina
High Cotton in Lowcountry
Nestled in the heart of the historic district of Charleston, relax in luxury boutique hotel accommodations. Enjoy the Charleston culinary scene where you'll dine in one of city's most sophisticated restaurants, discover the secrets of Lowcountry cuisine in a hands-on class and taste your way through the historic city in a guided foodie tour.
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Location: Charleston, South Carolina

— South Carolina Cooking Schools —

Classic Caterers and Rent-a-Chef
Charleston 1-877-226-1107 website »
Cooking Classes for families or friends and Team-Building Corporate functions; work collectively as teams bonding in a fun educational, setting. Often we cook a full dinner and then set down and share our creations with friends and family…what I call the “Supper Club”.
Home and Garden Classics
Spartanburg 864-585-3228
Home and Garden Classics is Spartanburg’s only gourmet kitchen shop. Cooking Classes are offered by area chefs throughout the Fall and Spring. We also offer private classes for garden clubs, parties and bridal showers.
McCutchen House
Columbia 803-777-8225
Carolina Cuisine at McCutchen House offers live cooking demonstrations taught by our famous and talented culinary chefs. Each cooking show features a five-course meal prepared in the dining room and served to participants. Wine is included. Participants will receive handouts with recipes and cooking techniques.

Taste What's Happening!

Colleton County Rice Festival

4/19/2014 - 4/27/2014
Celebrating when rice was king and Colleton County was the throne, with an arts & crafts area, parade, 5K run, and rice cooking contest.

Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Mount Pleasant
Celebrates the historical Mount Pleasant shrimping industry with the ceremonial blessing of the shrimp fleet and a host of other family activities.

Low Country Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet

Surrounding the blessing of the fleet is a day of entertainment for the whole family.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Fort Mill
5/3/2014 - 5/4/2014
A celebration of spring and all things strawberry!

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival

Coincides with the blooming of peach trees and features a street dance, rides, games, a parade and entertainment.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival

For lovers of all things Creole, Cajun  & Crawfish. Family fun including live music, pole vaulting, and the Crawdaddy Dash.

The Big Nosh

The Big Nosh will celebrate “everything Jewish” including food, entertainment and education.

South Carolina Poultry Festival

5/8/2014 - 5/10/2014
Enjoy arts and crafts, parade, fireworks, music on five stages, chicken calling and Cook-Cluck-Win-A-Buck contests--much more!

Annual Blue Crab Festival

Little River
5/17/2014 - 5/18/2014
Blue skies, blue water & blue crabs. This is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast.

Charleston Beer Garden

Kick back in the many beer gardens, enjoy craft brews from 10 breweries, good eats, rodeo, beer school, cornhole, and great live music.

Ridge Peach Festival

Featuring home canned peach preserves, jams, and jellies, along with your favorite peach desserts and ice cream are all waiting for you

Lexington County Peach Festival

Celebrate the USA with the queen of fruits, the peach. With a parade, peach recipe contest, & music, the Peach Festival will put a smile on your face!

Hillbilly Day

Mountain Rest
Take a break from the 4th of July routine. We'll cook authentic hickory smoked barbecue for you.

South Carolina Festival of Discovery

7/10/2014 - 7/12/2014
Discover what rural America is all about. The BBQ & Hash Cook-off showcases the traditional art of black kettle hash & the tradition of Carolina BBQ.

South Carolina Peach Festival

7/17/2014 - 7/19/2014
Join us during the peak of the local peach production. Enjoy a peach dessert contest, road races, golf tournament, and a barbecue cook-off.

May River Shrimp Festival

This event will feature local shrimp, food from area restaurants, live music, a craft beer garden, shrimp boat tours and a shrimp heading contest.

Pageland Watermelon Festival

7/18/2014 - 7/19/2014
Savor the delicious variety of foods as the beautiful wares of the crafters lure you.

South Carolina Peach Festival

7/25/2014 - 7/26/2014
Join us during the peak of the local peach production. Enjoy a peach dessert contest, road races, golf tournament, and a barbecue cook-off.

South Carolina Apple Festival

9/2/2014 - 9/6/2014
The festival features a parade, Karaoke competition, clogging expos, crafts, and wonderful food that will tempt the strongest of wills.

Charleston Restaurant Week

9/3/2014 - 9/14/2014
Enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price.
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