As the Lowcountry bursts into springtime bloom, the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island is preparing for its first harvest of the year with the First Flush FesTEAval. Dedicated to the commencement of the 2010 crop harvest, the First Flush FesTEAval is a celebration of America’s only tea garden and its popular product line, American Classic Tea. The “first flush” of new growth is harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh, and amazing cup of tea. However, the festival is not just about tea. Residents from Charleston and all neighboring towns trek to the island to enjoy music, entertainment, art, and local cuisine.
The 4th annual First Flush FesTEAval will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s headliner is Warner Brothers recording artist Robert Randolph & the Family Band. The event will also feature musical entertainment from national recording artist Cory Chisel and local artist, Crowfield.
In addition to the main stage, Mark Bryan’s Chucktown Music Group will be showcasing local acoustic artists including Amber Caparas, John Wesley Satterfield, Mac Leaphart and Mark Bryan himself. Bryan, the multi-platinum and Grammy award winning guitarist/songwriter for Hootie & The Blowfish, is thrilled to present some of the area’s top local musical talents at this year’s First Flush.
Come experience the beauty and charm of the Charleston Tea Plantation. Learn first-hand how tea is made during an informative factory tour, take an enjoyable trolley ride through the tea fields and help yourself to all of the free iced American Classic First Flush Tea you can drink.
Advance tickets are available for special low prices online at Etix.com. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event at the Plantation entrance. Kids 6 and under get in free.
Charleston Tea Plantation is located at 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island. For more information, call 559-0383 or visit www.bigelowtea.com.