Saturday April 27 was the 6th Annual Taste of James Island. An event that raises awareness, money, and nonperishable foods for the James Island Outreach.

It was a  gorgeous day and there was a great turnout! The entertainment was great. The Dixie Aires go things off to great start. Austin Chasson followed with a great Performance. Ann Caldwell and the Roger Bellow finished the day! Our very own Rita Lamar did a song and interactive activates with the children. It was a very fun and very very cute!!! There were some very enthusiastic little dancing machines!

While the entertainment played, people could walk around and check out the vendor tables. Each table set up was accepting donations giving people a chance to donate to the Outreach. People could also buy tickets to enter raffles for the chance to win some very cool baskets! Bouncy houses and face paint was available for the kids!There was also a train for the children that was built by Charleston Antique Tractor and Engine Society, that was a big hit!   

The main event was of course all the amazing food! The Men of Saint James, First Baptist of James Island, Calvary Baptist, McAlister Smith Funeral and Cremation, The town of James Island, The James Island Fire Department, Coastal Harvest, James Island Baptist, James Island Presbyterian, Bethany United Methodist, Epworth United Methodist, Harborview Presbyterian, and Fort Johnson Baptist all brought there A game! Each group competed for the title of best savory dish and best sweet dish and man was it a hard decision but congratulations to the winners! Coastal Harvest Church won the best sweet with their Nutter butter banana pudding and best savory went to Ft Johnson Baptist with their shrimp etouffee!

But the main reason everyone got together was to raise money and food and we defiantly did that. There was a total of 4,500 dollars’ worth of food collected and 5,000 dollars in monetary donations! All of which will go to the James Island Outreach! There was also a competition to see which church and which school collected the most non-perishables. Stiles Point Elementary collected the most out of all the participating schools and James island Baptist collected the most out of the participating churches!

We had a blast and so glad we had the chance to be a sponsor and volunteer for the event. If you weren’t able to attend the Taste of James Island, the Outreach is always excepting food donations! Visit their website for more information on where and how you can help!