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Tea, Tea and More Tea

The 8th annual First Flush Festival at the Charleston Tea Plantation is happening this Saturday, May 24th. The Festival memorializes the emergence, or “First Flush”, of tea leaves on the plantation after the winter’s break. Fresh leaves growing throughout the spring season produce a surprising and rare flavor that is appreciated by tea drinkers who come out to celebrate the event. The Plantation celebrates the event with music, food, and lots of free American Classic tea for people to enjoy. There will also be an informative factory tour for people to learn how tea is made.

The Music Farm has partnered with the Plantation/Ear for Music/105.5 for the past few years to promote a growing and successful musical lineup, from Grace Potter to the Blue Dogs. This year, the Avett Brothers will headline and play popular songs like I and Love and You along with other favorites from their latest release, Magpie and the Dandelion. A fabulous supporting local lineup will play on two Main stages and one Acoustic Stage. The lineup includes Samantha Kirshtein, Tyler Boone, Luke Cunningham, Atlas Road Crew, Ben Fagan and the Hooligans, Stop Light Observation, The Executives, Haley May Campbell, and more.

First Flush offers a variety of food and fun for the entire family to enjoy. Food tents will include Hometeam BBQ, who will bring their famous pulled pork sandwiches. Mike’s Peanuts, the King of Pops and the Cookie Chick will have tasty treats that adults and children will crave on a bright sunny day. Other wonderful food options will be in the Charleston Festival Foods tent. Food trucks will also provide succulent delights from vendors Outta My Huevors, Dulce, Coastal Crust, and more. Tea will be flowing freely, while beer and wine will also be available.

The Festival supports several nonprofits who will be available to discuss their organizations. The Lowcountry Food Bank is accepting food donations to help those in need. Camp Happy Days will explain their goal to help children with cancer participate in summer camps and regain a new sense of pride and accomplishment after having dealt with adversity. Staff from Carolina Studios will take you through a tour of their traveling music studio that helps children in underserved schools learn the art of music creation while enhancing their sense of accomplishment. Lowcountry Race for the Cure is a division of the Komen Race for the Cure and supports breast cancer research.

Doors open for the event at 12pm. Bands begin rocking out at 1 o’clock on the Acoustic and Main stages. Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $37.50. Ticket prices on the day of the event will increase to $45. Children 8 and under may attend for free. Ticket purchases may be made at Ticketfly.com, the Charleston Tea Plantation or The Music Farm. Animals, guns, coolers, and people with bad attitudes are restricted from the event! Questions regarding the event may be made by calling 843-471-2779 or by going to www.musicfarm.com or www.charlestonteaplantation.com.   Come out and celebrate the only tea plantation in America this weekend!

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