[image-1]Community-minded Charlestonians convened at Lowndes Grove Plantation Sunday night to celebrate a successful Buy Local Week. The laid-back event highlighted all things wonderful and locally-produced, including music from the V-Tones (complete with a tap-dancing performance) and Cary Ann Hearst and friends (in which the twangy songstress played the drums “for the first time in the history … of my history”). The crowd and space heaters kept the tents fairly warm, along with the steam rising off a seemingly endless supply of local food from Monza, FIG, Middleton Place, Taco Boy, S.N.O.B., and many more eateries — High Cotton’s pork stew came with a full line of fixin’s ranging from pickled everything to pork cracklin’s, and Fish’s pho was packed with yummy and unique vegetables and sausage. But if you were a vegetarian, your options would pretty much be limited to Tristan’s cheesecake — not that that’s a totally bad thing. Any locavore party wouldn’t be complete without booze from Coast and Firefly — and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m the one who drank the very last drop of that popular nectar. Sorry folks. When things got too cramped inside the tents, guests were beckoned by candle-lit lanterns to bonfires by the river and a cushy patio area full of heaters. It was definitely an event that made us all proud to be locals. —Erica Jackson



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