2023 marks the 27-year history of partnership between the Arts Center and the Gullah community.
Taste of Gullah will be held on the Arts Center grounds once again on February 11, from 12 – 3 p.m.
The celebration of this beautiful culture represents art, crafts, entertainment, and of course, the main course – Gullah specialties! Residents and visitors alike will enjoy delicious food with Gullah flair!
Traditional Gullah Dishes
Food trucks will be there to safely provide delicious food, including Melly Mel’s incredible offerings such as Conch Stew, Shrimp Gumbo, Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Oxtail Stew and more! Another Arts Center food truck fave, Chef B’s Eatz, will be onsite cooking up everything from fried seafood platters to Sriracha Honey Chicken.
De Aarts Ob We People
Inside the cozy Walter Greer Gallery, browse the Art League of Hilton Head’s annual exhibit and sale of The Arts Ob We People. The exhibit displays original work by emerging and acclaimed artists representing the life of Gullah people in the Lowcountry. In addition, the Art League will be part of the outdoor festivities, selling Gullah-inspired pieces of art, including jewelry and handmade creations.
Also in the Arts Center ticket lobby on Saturday will be the eclectic new and used book selection provided by “An Island Bookshelf!”
Traditional Gullah Basket Weavers
Michael Smalls and Dino Badger will be in the Walter Greer Gallery crafting their intricate hand-woven sweetgrass baskets, “coiled so tightly they can hold water.” The basket-making tradition has been passed down through generations to Smalls and Badger who will demonstrate this art form.
Gullah T’s N’ Tings
Sonya Grant of Gullah T’s N’ Tings will be in the box office lobby with her latest Gullah tees, including “Gullah-ish” shirts this Saturday in limited quantities! The popular “Sweetgrass Tees” and Hilton Head “Community Tees” will also be available.
The Voices of El Shaddai
The Voices of El Shaddai will perform as part of the entertainment line-up. The group of singers performs the Spiritual and Gospel music of their Gullah cultural heritage. They are a long standing element of the popular native Islander Gullah celebrations.