Sweet tea is apparently the ideal accompaniment to Greek salad, chili and cupcakes, according to a recent culinary tour itinerary from the City of Summerville.
To promote its newly-designated Sweet Tea Trail, Summerville is hosting a monthly “Good Eats on the Sweet Tea Trail Trolley Tour,” featuring snacks from 10-12 local restaurants. In addition to the items offered on March’s tour, the menu sometimes includes liver pudding, boiled peanuts and shrimp-and-grits. All of the food is served aboard the trolley.
The 90-minute tour, scheduled for the third Friday of each month through August, costs $27. It starts at 10:30 a.m., and is led by Tim Lowry. For more information, visit lowcountrylooptrolley.com.
The Sweet Tea Trail, a promotional concept which grew from an 1890 receipt and a desire to drum up Summerville’s tourism economy, will officially open next month.
On Oct. 8, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will celebrate the trail’s launch at Hutchinson Square with a free event featuring tea-themed storytelling, tea tasting, tea trail ribbon-cutting and cornhole.
The chamber’s leadership class dreamed up the trail, which winds from Azalea Hall to the Plantation District, as a clever way of capitalizing on a nineteenth-century bill of sale showing Civil War veterans purchased 600 pounds of sugar and 880 gallons of tea for a reunion. Assuming the sugar wasn’t meant for the beans listed on the receipt, Summerville declared itself the birthplace of the iconic Southern beverage. Continue reading