Longtime visitors to the Palmetto State have probably heard of chicken bog--a southern comfort food generally prepared with chicken, sausage, rice, and varying spices. Aside from South Carolina barbecue (and Grand Strand shrimp and grits), chicken bog may be one of our state’s greatest culinary contributions. Here locally, we celebrate this beloved dish annually during the Loris Bog-Off Festival. What began as a chicken bog cooking contest in 1980 has evolved into one of our community’s largest and most well-attended fall festivals.

Throughout the day on Saturday, October 20, 2018, festival attendees will find live entertainment, vendors, food, and fun for all ages in Loris, South Carolina. Loris is located slightly inland from the coast, and the festival is well worth a day trip. While the cooking contest is still considered the day’s main focus, over 200 vendors, two stages, car show, and a huge children’s area are also a big draw. Performances include local dance schools, choruses, bands and evening concert followed by a fireworks extravaganza. The musical lineup includes Warrick McZeke and Silk Groove & One Bad Apple.

I have two suggestions if you go: 1) Eat at a light breakfast because the day is full of chicken bog and other delicious goodies, like homemade ice cream and 2) Wear sunscreen. While we are well into the fall here along the Grand Strand, this festival always seems on the warm side as it’s slightly inland. The festival is free to attend and begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Loris. The event is organized by the Loris Chamber of Commerce and more information on the Loris Bog-Off can be found on their website at www.LorisChamber.com.