Music To Your Mouth Is the South’s Coolest Luxury Food Weekend

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Set on 20,000 acres of pristine southern ground, Palmetto Bluff is a small piece of heaven. Inhabited since the time of the Native Americans, this particular stretch of South Carolina marshland, located between Savannah and Hilton Head is home to a newly-renovated Montage hotel, numerous residences, and one of the south’s coolest food events, the aptly-named Music to Your Mouth.

We at Pursuitist had the pleasure of attending the 10th annual festival, an event that began with a field luncheon that looked straight out of an Instagram masterpiece, meandered through a decadent afternoon cocktail tasting, rolled into an evening in the field strung with fairy lights and food stations, and ended with a private surprise concert by Blues Traveler.

The annual event, held the weekend before Thanksgiving each year, hosts dozens of top chefs from across the East Coast, including names like Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Justin Devillier and Jeremiah Langhorne, as well as vintners and spirits experts from across the nation.

More than 1,000 well-heeled guests indulged in food tastings, chef’s demos, oyster roasts, and live music, all set to benefit Second Helpings, a local organization that saves food that would have been discarded by grocery stores and restaurants and redistributes it to over 60 agencies serving those in need in the Lowcountry.

We’ve been to many festivals throughout the years,  including highbrow events in Aspen, Pebble Beach, and Atlanta, but rarely have we seen an event so full of genuine excitement.

Here are a few of our favorite snaps from the weekend.

Sommelier Smackdown ?Music To Your Mouth River House Montage Palmetto Bluff Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 16, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Staffers prepare for the first evening’s “Sommelier Smackdown.”

Out Here in the Field Lunch with Craig Rogers Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 17, 2016)

Jay Walea, head of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, explains the area’s history to guests on their way to the Out Here in the Field Lunch.

Out Here in the Field Lunch with Craig Rogers Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 17, 2016)

The Out Here in the Field lunch featured lamb from Border Springs.

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
(November 18, 2016)
the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Stink & Drink?Music To Your Mouth River House Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Chefs Sean Brock and Mike Lata prepare for the annual “Stink & Drink” event.

Stink & Drink?Music To Your Mouth River House Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

The Grace, a Palmetto Bluff boat, takes guests out for the annual “Stink and Drink” event.

Southern Cocktails with Tiffanie Barriere Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Tiffanie Barriere serves up a basil julep during a cocktail class.

Southern Cocktails with Tiffanie Barriere Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Author McLean Robbins holds a cocktail.

Southern Supper ?Music To Your Mouth River House Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

Guests enjoy food and drink at the annual Southern Supper.

Southern Supper ?Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography?Music To Your Mouth River House Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

S’mores are a nightly tradition at Palmetto Bluff.

Culinary Festival Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 19, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography Music To Your Mouth Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 18, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

The Culinary Festival is the flagship event of Music to Your Mouth. 

Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast Music To Your Mouth Moreland Landing Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 19, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

The Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast is a favorite evening event.

Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast Music To Your Mouth Moreland Landing Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 19, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

We loved the setup of the Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast.

John Popper of Blues Traveler Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast Music To Your Mouth Moreland Landing Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina (November 19, 2016) the ulterior epicure | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bonjwing Photography

John Popper of Blues Traveler plays a surprise concert for guests. Each year, the festival culminates in a surprise musical event.

All photos courtesy of Bonjwing Photography.

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