CAROLINA GATEWAY — Let’s face it. Festivals are all about the food. Funnel cakes, barbecue, shaved ice and hot dogs go hand-in-hand with a good time.
“We pride ourselves in the variety of food we offer,” said Mike Neese, organizer of the Indian Land Fall Festival. “From full meals to specialty items like shaved ice, popcorn and coffee, there are dozens of options for festival-goers.”
For early risers, vendors and volunteers, there will be a pancake breakfast hosted by Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The cost is $5 for a short stack of pancakes with bacon and choice of coffee, orange juice or bottled water. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the church’s family life center building campaign.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday, a large selection of food trucks will be on hand to satisfy visitors. They will be set up throughout the festival areas so you are always near a tasty treat. In addition, there will be multiple hospitality tents to provide shade and seating, hosted by Be In Favor bond referendum supporters, Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS), Dance U, Active Waste, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, as well as several PTOs.
Archie Walker, owner of Archie Boy’s BBQ, said last year was very successful for him, and he looks forward to returning. This year he plans to have two spaces. One for his traditional barbecue offerings and another for a new concept – chicken and waffles. Walker, who grew up in East Texas but now lives in Indian Land, said he hopes to recreate his grandmother’s breading to bring a delicious new flavor to town. The waffles can be topped with powdered sugar, fruit or chocolate.
“The hot sauce and maple syrup” is an unbeatable flavor pair, he said. Walker plans to operate from a tent this year to manage the large crowds.
Among the other options are traditional festival fare from vendors such as Marc’s Mobile Grilling, Paps Concessions, Hwy 55 Burgers and Fries and Potbelly BBQ. More unusual options are planned such as Buttabeans Vegan, offering burritos and bowls, and Lenny’s Press Box, which features Cuban and Philly cheese steak sandwiches. Dragon Boat Hibachi and Caribbean Buzz offer international flair.
The Knights of Columbus, a perennial favorite, will return with hot dogs. For those with a sweet tooth, Carolina Funnel Cakes, Creighton’s Creamery, Izzy’s Ice, Funnel Cakes by Pam, Repicci’s Italian Ice and more will be available.
Rollin’ Roast will be on hand with coffee and warm drink options as well.