Euphoria Greenville – Feast at the Field – Day 2 Review
Hello again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great week so far! For this special edition of Foodie Adventures, I’m giving you a behind-the-scenes tour and review of the last Euphoria Greenville event from Sunday, Day 2 of the “Feast at the Field”, featuring barbeque from around the state, drinks, delicious bites, and much more! 🙌
Feast at the Field – Day Two
Fluor Field, Downtown Greenville, SC
If I could only pick one Euphoria event to go to see, it probably would have been the Feast at the Field event. The biggest hurrah, the best opportunity to try tons of bites, drinks, and interact with a ton of people and chefs – this four hour event, held on Sunday afternoon between 12 and 4 pm – was the final send-off for the four-day-long food festival that started last Thursday.
I was very excited to be invited as one of the Media Representatives along with some of my favorite food bloggers and social media friends like The Pickens Foodie, Greenville Daily, Heather from Foodie McFooderton, and many more.
Outside Areas – BBQ, Bourbon, & More!
Fluor Field, Downtown Greenville, SC
I started out at the outside section where the custom canvas bag printers were set up to grab a bag to fill with all the swag I would collect over the course of many hours.
They had two really cool designs, one saying “Eat, sip, listen” with the “#EuphoriaGVL” on the bottom, and the other with the Wyche Pavilion printed on the side. Wyche Pavilion is the design I loved and carried around for the remainder of the afternoon.
As you turned right, you came upon the big outdoor section of BBQ vendors, many of whom you’ll see that I tried to bits from Below.
I got to say hi to the cool folks from Lewis’ BBQ and complimented one of their people on their awesome BBQ-related socks. I’m super excited for them to open their new BBQ joint in Greenville later this year (or early next year).
They were selling their own hats, swag, spices, and rubs, and had a smoked beef rib with hot sausage and green chile corn pudding as their sampler. It wasn’t non-dairy friendly or I would have tried some, but Brooke from The Pickens Foodie told me it was delicious! She and I hung out for most of the event which was awesome so we got to check out a lot of the vendors together.
They also had three big alcohol vendors set up outside, with a Stella Artois Airstream, a Lowe’s beer Den trailer, and a Jim Beam trailer and hang-out lawn with games and patio as well.
Some of my other favorite bites from out here came from Chef Madison Ruckel with Mama Jean’s Barbecue out of Roanoke Virginia. They had a Reuben sausage with garlic sauerkraut and a take on a thousand island-type sauce to go with it, which was absolutely delicious. I could have eaten a whole sandwich that had that on it. 😋💜
Another one I loved was from Chef Matt Register of Southern Smoke BBQ & South Catering in Garland, NC, which was a grilled shrimp taco with a street corn salsa, a garlic aioli, and hot Cheeto dust on top – absolutely fantastic! This reminded me of a recipe my family made at home one time for seafood taco night and we ended up combining the street corn salad we made on the side with our lime-marinated grilled shrimp in the tacos. 🌮
Check out more of some of the barbecue & drink spots we saw outside in our slideshow here:
Inside the Stadium
Fluor Field, Downtown Greenville, SC
One of the coolest things we experienced at Euphoria was getting to meet Jim Cantore! Growing up in New England, with every big snowstorm and Nor’easter that would blow through, and every hurricane on the coast, he was the face of my stormy weather childhood.
So imagine my surprise getting to see him and talk to him in person at Euphoria!! This was not simply a mere chance of spotting Jim Cantore, he had actually been at the festival for the entire week to enjoy the food, music, and drinks, which was cool to see. He was really down-to-earth and super sweet! Brooke and I caught up with him to snag a picture and say hi as we walked into Fluor Field.
Brooke accidentally stepped on Jim’s foot when we were about to take the picture, so the caption she put on her photo on Instagram, I gave to her which went a little something like this:
We were so excited to meet you we wanted to give you something to remember us by, didn’t mean to step on your toe but thank you so much for your time and hope to see you again in Greenville soon!”
All the best,The Pickens Foodie
Next, I checked out the beer alley, which is where all of the craft brewers were hanging out. Had Jamie been with me, this is probably where he would have spent the majority of his drinking time.
I only had one ticket though, and I’m not a big beer fan, so have fun looking through this slideshow and enjoy these pictures from the following breweries that were included: Bell’s Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing, Allagash Brewing Company, Steel Hands Brewing, Southern Barrel Brewing Company, Brewery 85, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Carolina Bauernhaus, and Good Times Brewing.
As you rounded the stadium there was a good mix between liquor vendors and food so you could have a sip of something and a bite of something or drink to your heart’s content and then eat along the way. I’d say the ratio outside was definitely more food to drinks but inside there was definitely more drink than food vendors present.
First up on our list was Parsley & Mint which was exciting to check out as they just opened up their brand-new second location in North Greenville last week! They had a Mediterranean chicken salad which Brook said was awesome. Next to them was Ketel One Botanical, which had botanical-inspired hard seltzers and vodka-based drinks. Love the idea of these as I prefer to drink lighter beverages with more natural flavoring.
Right across the way I also tasted a signature cocktail from Liquid Catering called a Cucumber Spritz. This was probably one of my favorites sips of the day, made with Pearl cucumber vodka, fresh cucumber juice, homemade simple syrup, topped with club soda, and garnished with a cucumber slice. It was super light and fresh and I loved how cool it felt on such a hot day. We are in the process of growing cucumbers at our house and I could definitely see myself making this for a summery beverage to sip on.
Next door to them was a cool concept called Skrewball (peanut butter) whiskey. I would have loved to try this one and was even coming up with awesome recipes for drinks in my head. However, me being allergic to peanuts, I did not want to risk tasting it, for fear of having to break out my EpiPen. 😣 Templeton Rye also shared space with them on the same table.
Southern Pressed Juicery was nearby with a mixture they called the “hangover cure” for those that needed a fresh clean break between all of their drinks!
One of my two vegan meal prep company friends that I know, Eugena Tally from The Herbal Farmercy, was also present with her own booth, serving up sliders!
Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to try her goodies – but I heard from other people that she got absolute rave reviews (check out this one below from our friend The Culinary Encourager) so I am super proud of her for participating! 💜🙌
We also saw our friends David and Casey from Carolina Bauernhaus dressed in their finest lederhosen as they were having their Oktoberfest event at the village of West Greenville location after the Euphoria event was over.
One of the other favorite bites I got to try was from The HabiTap which was a breakfast taco made with sweet potato, cabbage, and pulled pork. That was definitely good but it was a fork and knife operation for sure.
We also got to see our friends My PR Lab (Hi David!) and Bobby’s Seasoning and BBQ who had their awesome sausages and brisket available which topped off the Bloody Mary’s they were making with Tito’s vodka next door.
My next two favorite bites included Kevin McMullen‘s asparagus, which had a lemon vinaigrette, crumbled bacon, and dehydrated egg on top, which was divine. Loved Kevin’s big bold personality, he was hilarious and such fun to talk to, made sure to ask if we wanted seconds, and stressed how important veggies were in our lives. 😁 The beef empanadas next door from Wilbur Sauceda of the Greenville Drive were delicious as well!
Just for fun, I tried my hand at a Ball Toss game to win a Smithey cast iron pan, but unfortunately, my aim was not good enough to nab me a prize. Absolutely love their craftsmanship though!
Two of my final favorites were from Red Clay hot sauce with their sweet potato fritters with hot honey and spicy peach honey, and blue crab and corn fritters with verde hot sauce.
I lived in Maryland for 14 years, and it’s fairly difficult to find people outside of Maryland that do crab cakes pretty well. I can tell you that those crab cakes I had were pretty spot-on! Loved it with that little bit of kick from the hot sauce, and the hot honey on those sweet potato fritters with the peach and the pecans was such a good combo. It was soo hard not to come back and eat two more of all of them and save room for everything else. This was one of my favorite tables to hang out at for sure!
I also got to stop by and see my friend Meredith Bost from Resident Dogs in Greenville, who is an awesome advocate for non-dairy folks because she likes to put goat cheese on her hot dogs! 😁 She is always coming up with fun funky toppings for hot dogs, and the last couple of times I’ve run into her, she has always had some variation of goat cheese topped hot dogs, which I absolutely love.
On Sunday she had goat cheese, raspberry vinaigrette, arugula, and green pepper topped hot dog, which had the perfect mix of bitter, sweet, tangy, salty, and crunchy. She definitely hit all the right notes! 😋🌭
I also got to check out all of the wineries up in the clubhouse area, which I did try a few of, including City Scape Winery, which I just recently found out where that is in Pelzer! They’re having some awesome events coming up soon with food and wine pairings in the near future, so click that link above to check those out! Of course, I couldn’t leave without saying hi to my favorite Wandering Bard Meadery and seeing what new stuff they had going on. They always have fun events to check out at Hampton Station so make sure to go show them some love here too. I also included a bonus of White Wine & Butter Catering, as their booth was also up with the wineries, and we’re very excited as they’re building their first brick and mortar in Greer this year!
All in all, I think it was a pretty successful event. They were calling for a 50% chance of rain and I’m so glad it didn’t. ☔ I’m super grateful to have been invited and I’m very excited to see what next year’s Euphoria has in store for our ever-growing Greenville! 💜
So how was your weekend, Foodie Friends? Are you excited about more food festivals coming up in the autumn season? Sound out in the comments below to let us know your suggestions of what dishes to make or places we should visit next. As always, feel free to like, comment, & share 🤗