A celebration of Lowcountry cuisine at the 30th Annual Taste of Charleston (post event review, photos)

Image by Taste of Charleston Atypical competitions are a big part of the festival's big day on Sunday, namely the "Waiter’s Wine Race" as seen here.

Update October 11:

The 30th annual Taste of Charleston has come and gone, but for those of us who didn't have a chance to make it out to the final hurrah at Boone Hall Plantation yesterday, The Post and Courier has some solid post-event coverage and photo gallery.

First reporting:

Charleston's annual culinary celebration, Taste of Charleston, is back for a a three-day run beginning this Friday, October 8.

The celebration of Lowcountry cuisine is being hosted once again by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association and will feature some of Charleston’s finest, nationally-renowned chefs.

Events will be taking place all over town, but the main event will be going down at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant on Sunday ($12). This year, the main event will play host to officials from the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world’s largest snow-cone will be prepared on-site in hopes of setting a new record.

Also of interest:

  •  Taste – Iron Chef Competition will be held Friday, October 8, at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston and will showcase some of the best local chefs in a heated head-to-head battle in the Institute’s state-of-the-art amphitheater kitchen. $20.
  •  Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row will be held Saturday evening, October 9, at various art galleries in downtown Charleston. The art walk combines Lowcountry art with the culinary arts and will showcase the talents of local artists while offering guests a sampling of appetizers from a variety of Charleston’s favorite restaurants. $20.

Tickets for all events can be purchased online by clicking here.

If you'd like to take a peek at the participating restaurants and menu selection for Sunday's event, hop over to this post at The Post and Courier. You can also check out the festival's Web site.