September 2019

Daufuskie Island Vines and Tides: Foodie heaven with a side of adventure

Author: Taryn Scher | Photographer: Courtesy of Vibes & Tides Presented by Haig Point


The candy-striped Harbour Town lighthouse is seen off in the distance from the deck of the Haig Point Beach house on Daufuskie Island

Those who have always wondered about—but never taken the time to visit—the tiny island just across the Calibogue Sound should start planning their Daufuskie Island experience for this October. From October 18-20, Haig Point will host a boutique culinary event, Daufuskie Island Vibes & Tides, bringing in some of the hottest names in the food world to participate in the celebration—a weekend of curated signature events throughout Haig Point’s historic settings, from “Beach Vibes” at the oceanfront Beach Club to a multi-chef “Heaven Blue Dinner” at the Haig Point Clubhouse.

Daufuskie Island Vibes & Tides will showcase everything that makes this tiny barrier island such a treasure: luxurious experiences with unpretentious attitudes and the Gullah Geechee flavors that are native to the island.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing in renowned culinary talent such as Alexander Smalls and Mashama Bailey, both 2019 James Beard Foundation Award winners, along with some additional talented regional and local chefs, live music, artisans, beverage experts and professionals,” said Doug Egly, CEO of Haig Point.

Smalls and Bailey will be serving up their dishes alongside BJ Dennis (Charleston personal chef and caterer), Roosevelt Brownlee (The “jazz circuit’s soul food chef”), Brandon Carter (FARM), Andrew Carmines (Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks), Orchid Paulmeier (One Hot Mama’s), and Clayton Rollison (Lucky Rooster).

“I’m excited to share the stories and flavors of the place where I grew up,” said Sallie Ann Robinson, a sixth generation Daufuskie native, who will participate in the Heaven Blue Dinner on Saturday night as she celebrates the release of her new cookbook, Sallie Ann Robinson’s Kitchen: Food and Family Lore from the Lowcountry, due for release in September.

Alexander Smalls, who won the 2019 James Beard Award for his cookbook Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, also has strong ties to the region. “I spent my summers and free time in the Lowcountry … on Gullah islands and in Beaufort,” the Spartanburg, South Carolina native said. “I remember shrimping and crabbing as a boy, running on the beach, and collecting moss from the trees that seemed wild and untamed to me. Being a part of this very special community has helped shape my identity and sense of place in the world. I’m proud to be a part of an event that brings me home.”

The first annual festival weekend will offer a taste of island life in a casual, relaxed atmosphere in an exclusive environment—the Haig Point community. Haig Point is a private club and community located on Daufuskie Island with world-class amenities and recreation, multiple historic points of interest, and unparalleled water views.

The Haig Point community has done an exceptional job in recent years to help increase tourism and overall awareness of Daufuskie Island by increasing daily ferry service to and from the island through the Daufuskie Island Ferry Company and offering public horseback riding experiences through Daufuskie Island Trail Rides.
Guests of the inaugural Vibes & Tides festival will enjoy incredible food along with island experiences such as fishing expeditions, beach horseback riding, and even indigo dying at Daufuskie Blues.

Only 250 tickets are available for Daufuskie Island Vibes & Tides. Weekend ticket packages range from $800-$1,500 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Haig Point Foundation. Roundtrip tickets on the private Haig Point ferry are included in the ticket price. Festival goers can also purchase accommodations packages for the weekend in Haig Point at the historic 1873 Haig Point Lighthouse, Strachan Mansion, or a private home. For more information visit https://www.daufuskieislandvibesandtides.com.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 18
Welcome Reception at The Mansion, 3-6 p.m.
Upon arrival, enjoy a choice of beverages and featured cocktails, made with one-time recipes inspired by Daufuskie Island’s rich heritage, and an incredible SEAcuterie display by Haig Point’s culinary team.
Beach Vibes at the Beach Club,
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Get ready for an exciting oceanfront evening with some of the Lowcountry’s most celebrated local chefs, winemakers, brew masters and distillers, with a souvenir tasting glass, live music and more! Active culinary stations will be available on the deck, in the dining room, and around the pool. Guests are encouraged to dress in beach-casual attire and to sample an incredible array of food and cocktails from Lowcountry chefs including Haig Point Executive Chef Taylor Griffin and Executive Sous Chef Ian Gordon, Andrew Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Clayton Rollinson of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Tim Nelson of Whiskey Room, and Orchid Paulmeier of One Hot Mama’s.

Saturday October 19
Island Experiences, morning and early afternoon times and locations throughout the island.
Choose from a variety of add-on, ticketed experiences: May River Water Excursion by Boat, Interactive Indigo Dying Experience, Horseback Riding, and more. Daufuskie Island experiences are presented at different island locations. Activities will offer behind-the-scenes tours and time to discover the island’s mystery, history and culture. Visit the website for specific ticket information, times and locations.
VIP Founding Friends Wine Tasting, 5-6 p.m.

VIP Founding Friends and invitation-only tickets are available. It will be a memorable opportunity to taste some premium wines with a special winery guest before the Heaven Blue Dinner as part of the Founding Friends VIP Package. Details are available on the website with limited availability.
Heaven Blue Dinner, at the Clubhouse 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This will be an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime evening with award-winning and acclaimed chefs, celebrating Gullah and Lowcountry heritage and history through extraordinary culinary creations. Join Alexander Smalls, 2019 James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook author and Tony and Grammy award-winning opera singer; Mashama Bailey, 2019 James Beard Foundation award-winning Best Chef Southeast and Executive Chef/Partner at The Grey in Savannah, Ga.; Roosevelt Brownlee, a celebrity in his own right; Benjamin (BJ) Dennis, the Gullah Chef from Charleston, S.C.; Matthew Raiford, the chef/farmer from Brunswick, Ga.; Daufuskie Island’s own Sallie Ann Robinson; and the Haig Point culinary team for an interactive dining experience that harnesses history and celebrates the flavors of the present. Tasting stations/pairings with each chef’s dish will include a souvenir glass to sample wines, beers and cocktails while enjoying live music. Each guest/couple will receive a signed cookbook from Alexander Smalls and Sallie Ann Robinson. The Gullah people traditionally use the color heaven blue on their homes to ward off “haints”—restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world. Haint blue (or heaven blue) can also be found on home door and window frames as well as porch ceilings on Daufuskie Island and throughout the Lowcountry. The paint color is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints.

Sunday October 20
Brunch Before Boat, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Classic Southern brunch favorites and culinary stations from the Haig Point culinary team will be available along with live music, a Bloody Mary bar, Champagne and mimosas to enjoy before your departure. The finale to the weekend will be held on the historic Tabby Ruins Lawn. The tabby ruins at Haig Point date back to the early 1800s and are three of the best-preserved tabby-walled, single-slave dwellings still standing. The foundation made of tabby at the base of the Haig Point Lighthouse is what remains of the Haig Point Plantation home, which was the largest tabby domestic building erected in coastal South Carolina. Both the Haig Point Lighthouse and Tabby Ruins are not to be missed as they are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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