First Flush Festival

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Here in Charleston, we drink tea. Sweet tea, iced tea, Arnold Palmers, what have you. We love tea so much that Charlestonians have coordinated to create the First Flush Festival at the Charleston Tea Plantation-a plantation located on Wadmalaw Island, arguably the most unspoiled island in the lowcountry. The term "First Flush" refers to the first new growth of tea leaves every spring, and if you ask anyone around here, that is most certainly an occasion to celebrate.

This is the 8th annual First Flush Festival since its creation in 2007, and during that amount of time, the festival has created quite a reputation for itself. In fact, this year the Avett Brothers are headlining the stage along with other local acts. This Saturday, the 24th of May, promises to be one to remember. Wake you and yours up early, hit the Marion Square Farmers Market for some amazing breakfast (as well as the week’s groceries), then head on out to the tea plantation to claim your spot.

Gates will start to admit those with tickets onto the grounds at 12:00 p.m. and the festival will conclude around the time the music stops (it’s hard to say with these local bands, they’re likely to go all night). Expect outdoor seating, food trucks serving up only the best locally grown goods, and a day of listening to great music in the heart of the lowcountry you won’t soon forget. And of course tea. Don't forget the tea.

Tickets are available online here:

They'll also be sold at the Charleston Tea Plantation: 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, and at The Music Farm, located in downtown Charleston.

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