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Fall For Greenville celebrates 30 years this weekend

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One of the many restaurant vendors at the 2010 Fall For Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina) One of the many restaurant vendors at the 2010 Fall For Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The 30th Anniversary weekend of St. Francis Fall For Greenville starts Friday night and lasts until Sunday evening.

The festival is sure to be a fun-filled event, as more than 150,000 people from across the South are expected to attend. The festival will take over downtown Greenville's Main Street.

An Upstate tradition, the festival offers a "Taste of Our Town" with lots of tasty treats from more than 40 Greenville-area restaurants and more than 200 menu items.

Fall For Greenville benefits several local charities including Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, United Way Hands on Greenville, Greenville In Harmony, Chicora Voices, Greenville Chinese Cultural Organization, and Harvest Hope Food Bank.

St. Francis Fall for Greenville has donated more than $200,000 to local nonprofits in the past six years.

Along with the award-winning food, the weekend offers attendees live music and much, much more.

The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

FOOD AND DRINK

For food lovers, everything from delectable desserts to local-brewed beers will be for sale. Attendees will have to buy tickets to enjoy the food.

A sheet of 8 tickets costs $5. Prices per item vary:

  • Draft Beer – 5 Tickets
  • Specialty Beer – 6 Tickets
  • Craft Beer – 7 to 8 Tickets
  • Wine – 7 Tickets
  • Pepsi Products – 3 Tickets
  • Kid's Rides – 2 to 7 Tickets
  • Food Menu Items – 2 to 6 Tickets

As always, you will be able to vote for your favorite restaurant. The 2010 winners were:

  • First Place: Grille 33
  • Second Place: Liberty Taproom and Grill
  • Third Place: Soby's New South Cuisine

To check out what restaurants will have booths this weekend visit: www.fallforgreenville.net/whattodo.html#taste_

ENTERTAINMENT

For music lovers, there will be a variety of performances on several stages. The headliners for the weekend include Dawes, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

To see the performance and stage schedule for the weekend visit: www.fallforgreenville.net/calendar_Friday.html

Fall For Greenville is for the whole family and has special kid-friendly entertainment.

Zaxby's Kid's Area on E. Broad Street will be filled with rides and activities for all ages, featuring a Ferris Wheel, Tijuanna Twister, Swing Ride, Kids Carousel, the Whirlybird Ride and many more.

Details on kid-friendly activities and entertainment schedule can be found at: www.fallforgreenville.net/kids.html

CONTESTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

In addition to the restaurants' offerings and live music, there will be a variety of booths and demonstrations.

Bank of America will have a wine tasting area, offering more than 60 different wines from over 10 different countries, the best Fall For Greenville has ever offered. The tasting times are Friday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from Noon - 6:30 p.m. in the Piazza Bergamo.

The will be a Beer Garden on East McBee Avenue on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from Noon - 6:30 p.m.

There will be multiple culinary demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. For details on the demos and more visit: www.fallforgreenville.net/whattodo.html#learn_

Fall For Greenville will feature a variety of competitions.

FOX Carolina's own Cody Alcorn will be participating in Friday's Coppenrath Europe's Bakery Cake Challenge. Guest can watch local amateur and professional cake decorators compete and showcase their cake decorating skills in the birthday-themed competition.

The media/sponsor competition is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. on West McBee Avenue. Each competitor will receive a cake to decorate, icing, fondant, food coloring, sprinkles, bowls and decorating tools.

Other competitions include a Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest, Bartenders' Mix-Off, and the US Food Service Silver Spoon awards.

The Morning News' Joe Gagnon visited last year's Silver Spoon winner Two Chefs on Thursday to see their preparations for the event.

Details on all of the competitions, times and locations are available at: www.fallforgreenville.net/whattodo.html#compete_

EVENT DETAILS

While the event is free to attend, "Taste Tickets" will be required to purchase food and beverages, and attend some of the attractions. "Taste Tickets" are good the entire weekend. Cash is NOT accepted from any food/beverage vendor, or children's area attractions.

In order to buy or drink alcohol at the festival, guests must first purchase a wristband for $1 at the same locations where "Taste Tickets" will be sold. Proof of age identification will be required to purchase a wristband.

For more information on the weekend-long event, visit www.fallforgreenville.net or download the St. Francis' Fall For Greenville iPhone or Android app.

Greenlink will offer a free Park and Ride shuttle throughout the weekend. Park and Ride participants can drive, bike or walk to the parking garage at CUICAR and ride Greenlink for free to the downtown Transit Center, located on McBee Avenue.

The shuttle will operate at half hour intervals on Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No service is planned on Sunday.

For details on where to park in downtown Greenville, visit: www.greenvillesc.gov/GIS/maps/DowntownParking.htm.

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