June 08, 2014 Celebrating its 10th year, the annual Sweetgrass festival on Saturday was all about celebrating the Gullah Geechee cultural heritage and providing “the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry area.” The event, held at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, featured an assortment of unusual handmade arts and crafts, paintings, live performances and documentary films. Festival-goers were able to enjoy entertainment that included gospel songs and praise dance, storytelling and Gullah-Geechee skits, basket-making demonstrations, and the Adande African Drummers and Dancers. In addition, 15 Lowcountry restaurants and food vendors were on-site selling authentic Gullah cuisine, classic barbecue, fish, chicken and beverages. The family-friendly event — this meant no alcohol — also included additional kids’ activities.
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