Team cookers will use their favorite recipes in Columbia Saturday in a competition that celebrates South Carolina's official state snack food: boiled peanuts.
At the 6th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil, you'll be able to vote for the People's Choice Award and cookers will also try to impress the judges to win the Boiled Peanut Trophy.
Organizer Jim Mishoe tells WVOC, “We have guys that do some incredible things. Ginger soy peanuts...I did last year. Shrimp, sausage even. Chicken broth we've used. Just see a lot of creative ideas out there but most of all, peanuts are good for you and they're fun to eat and we love 'em.”
Mishoe and some friends actually started the Palmetto Peanut Boil in 2008 as a way to give back.
“All of our proceeds, 100%, go to the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia, which is near and dear to me,” Mishoe explained.
“As a family, we used the Ronald McDonald House up in Washington, D.C., a few years back for our nephew, Nathan, who passed away at 48 days. But the support was so amazing. And to see what Ronald McDonald House does for families in need...this was absolutely outstanding.”
Over the past five years, the Peanut Boil has raised more than $12,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Saturday's event will also feature musical entertainment, children's activities, and door prizes.
Tickets are $5 and the place to be is the Publick House on Devine Street from 2 to 7 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of www.discoversouthcarolina.com)