What to Wear: This is a casual event in the park, and it will be HOT so dress accordingly and make sure to bring sunglasses!
What to Bring: Bringing lawn chairs and/or a blanket to sit on is a MUST. The only seating is the benches that already exist at Piedmont Park. We were lucky enough to find a large flat rock to sit on while we chowed down.
When to Arrive: We arrived at 1:00pm, thinking the festival started at 10:00am and we would beat the opening rush. Apparently, it actually started at noon, so 1:00pm was literally the worst time we could’ve gotten there. We waited in the 90+ degree afternoon sun for an hour before finally gaining entrance to the park, only to be met with half-hour waits at each food vendor. We strongly recommend arriving early, long before the park opens, or later, after the lunch rush to avoid the torture of waiting in line that long.
What to Eat: We had lobster rolls at the Lowcountry Rock Lobster Company tent. We stopped by this tent was because it had one of the shortest lines and we were famished. Normally, shorter lines indicate mediocre food, but we turned out to be very lucky! I first tried a sample of the lobster, with the spicy mayo and tequila lime sauces - both were delicious - and decided to go with a plain lobster roll (simply because I’m not a huge sauce person). The sandwiches were $14 each and worth every penny. The lobster was slightly chilled, and I got extra butter to make it warmer. I added a squeeze of lemon juice, and my roll was absolutely heavenly! If there were shorter lines, we might have gotten dessert elsewhere, but we decided to head home for drinks on the patio with our friends. Overall, it had the potential to be really fun, but timing is everything for this event!