FREE Taste of Gullah festival 2022 @ Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Hilton Head

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TASTE OF GULLAH @ Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Feb. 12 2022, Hilton Head Is.

2022 marks the 26-year history of partnership between the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Gullah community. On February 12 2022,  from noon-3PM, the free, community-wide Taste of Gullah festival will be held once again on the grounds of the Arts Center. It’s an exciting day of celebrating the entertainment, food, and art of the rich Gullah culture that remains an integral part of the history of Hilton Head Island.


The day includes performances by the award-winning Voices of El Shaddai, basketweaving demonstrations by Michael Smalls and Dino Badger, and a special presentation of “Harriet Tubman” orations by Cora Miller. Gullah-inspired crafts will be outside for all ages as well.

There will be two food trucks: Melly Mel’s and Chef B. Eatz, featuring okra gumbo, red rice, fried fish, shrimp, slow smoked ribs and chicken. Beer, wine, soda and water will also be available as well.

A festival highlight will be a special unveiling of a large-scale mural . Through a series of workshops, children from the Arts Center, Penn Center, and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton learned about the Gullah/Geechee culture then conceptualized and created the mural with artist Amiri Farris. The mural will then travel to various cultural sites in Beaufort County through Juneteenth. This project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Also part of the festivities is the annual art exhibit and sale of The Aarts Ob We People inside the Walter Greer Gallery at the Art League of Hilton Head. The exhibit displays original work by acclaimed artists representing the life of Gullah people in the Lowcountry.

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