As we celebrate twelve years of festival flavor, we’re reminded that here in the Lowcountry,  foodways tell a complex story of a community that adopts new traditions while lovingly maintaining old ones. 

The Southern Foodways Alliance, known for documenting and exploring the diverse food cultures of the changing American South, curates a Dockside Supper celebrating James Island soul food staple, Workmen’s Cafe. Guests who gather on the dock will view the premier of an SFA film about Angie Bellinger who learned to cook from her mother and continues those same recipes, including her mother’s lima beans, as the owner of the Workmen’s. Working alongside Bellinger herself, this family style meal will be prepared by a host of chefs who support SFA’s mission and who celebrate the work of chefs in meat and three restaurants across the city of Charleston and the region.  

Located on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation at the historic Cotton Dock this Southern meal is nestled in a grandiose setting amongst over three centuries of history. 

This is more than just supper – this is Southern storytelling at its finest.