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Tasting Charleston

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Saturday's Taste of Charleston festival at Boone Hall drew a huge crowd, with bumper-to-bumper traffic leading into the historic plantation and slow-moving lines at the ticket booths. The morning started with a misty rain that quickly gave way to typical stickiness. Once inside, however, the food booths were spread out well enough to avoid feeling squished, and you generally didn't even have to stand in line to get a small plate of food (paid for with one to five food tickets worth $1 each). The event included chain businesses like T-Bonz, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Ben & Jerry's, but the true highlight was the double rows of local fine-dining restaurants. Tristan, Robert's of Charleston, Mustard Seed, and Atlanticville were just some of the more noteworthy restaurants serving up tasty goodies like chocolate barbecue spare ribs and seared scallops over lime risotto, along with wine pairings for two extra bucks. Most of the food suffered from mass-quantity sydrome, and it was deceptively expensive (it's easy to forget that a tiny ticket is worth $1), but overall it was a fun way to sample a variety of foods. —Erica Jackson

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