Sunday, September 22 was the annual Carolina Green Fair. This year the event changed venues from Marion Square Park in downtown Charleston to James Island County Park and what a difference it made. The vast openness of the County Park expanded the event to a whole new level.
With a large open children’s area, two live music stages, chef’s demonstration area, clothing swap, pet adoption center and vendors for all the eye can see, this was a day filled with wonderful smiling people with one common shared belief: protecting the environment.
Whether your passion is recycling, beer education, organic gardening, energy efficiency, wellness or food, this was the event for you.
After the morning rain cleared, the scene was set. With a nice slight breeze and slightly overcast sky, the weather held up nicely. A sign that nature was on our side. Throughout the day, we were greeted with smiles and fresh aromas of scented soaps, flower bouquets, tofu wraps, vegan baked goods and so much more.
What made the Green Festival so special was:
- Awareness and Education – The volunteers, vendors and chefs that contributed their time and energy to make this event a success all care for the environment and loved sharing their personal knowledge with the community of Charleston.
- Warmth – Each and every vendor we spoke to had faces lit up with smiles. A true testimony to the personalities and caring nature of people that truly strive to protect Mother Earth.
- The pallet of food – This festival was nothing short of a foodie dream. From the King of Pops to Black Bean Company; BBQ to Indian, this was a food lovers dream.
- Music to soothe the soul – From the two stages throughout the day, we were blessed with some great local talent, some as young as thirteen years old playing guitars, violins and singing vocals with passion.
- Kids, Kids, Kids – With more open space than years past, the children’s area was larger than ever including a bike obstacle course and rock climbing.
- Clothing for all – The clothing swap allowed you to trade your old clothes for a new selection. This was a big hit during the course of the day.
- Birds of Prey – For the animals of flight fans, this was a welcome sight seeing eagles and owls co-existing together for the entertainment of the audience.
- Chef Demos – Chefs from all over the Charleston area shared their secret recipes and then the dishes after. The basil, honey, canola, olive oil based dressing was amazing!
- Commitment to a clean, safe and healthy environment – That was and continues to be a valued goal in Charleston. The festival is a reminder of what was are striving for in this community.
A warm and genuine thank you to all the volunteers who shared their time and knowledge with all of us on Sunday.