South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate in Ridgeland

Developed by the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina Humanities, South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate is a traveling exhibit that celebrates iconic foods from communities around South Carolina. The State Museum and South Carolina Humanities collaborated with 22 organizations across SC to develop the content for the exhibit, highlighting 20 different iconic foodways such as BBQ, chicken bog, peaches and more. The exhibit will be on display at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage from August 27, 2022 – February 25, 2023.

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate tells the story of selected foodways popular in South Carolina and how they are saluted and shared. Did you know that the World Grits Festival takes place annually in April in St. George, SC? (And have you heard of the event “Rollin’ in the Grits”?) Do you know the difference between chicken bog and pileau? Do you know which South Carolina community is celebrated for its pumpkins? (Hint: the word pumpkin is in the name!) You can find out the answers to all of these questions and many more in South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate.

The Moris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is located at 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. South, Ridgeland, SC 29936. They are open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit opening will take place on Saturday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Chef BJ Dennis will speak about Gullah food traditions and their West African connections. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 for the event

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a non-profit organization funded by the Morris Foundation Trust. Their mission is to cultivate community understanding through education, preservation, and celebration of the region’s rich history and culture. It is a facility where a wide diversity of people can gather to explore and learn about the area’s distinctive sense of place. Learn more about the Morris Center.

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate is part of the SC State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program, which provides museums, art centers, universities and other institutions with high quality, affordable traveling exhibitions. These special exhibits provide a variety of fascinating shows for institutions of any size, from large exhibitions designed for major museums to smaller, South Carolina-specific exhibits for local museums, galleries, libraries, schools and more. Learn more.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.