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2022 SC Festival of Discovery
July 7@6:00 pm-July 9@12:00 am
Over 90 competition BBQ teams. Over 25 national and international blues musicians. One of the
South’s largest BBQ and blues festivals is set for Uptown Greenwood, South Carolina July 7-9, 2022. The
South Carolina Festival of Discovery is in its 21st year and presented by Carolina Pride Foods. As in years
past, the SC Festival of Discovery is proud to offer no gate or parking fees as well as no cover charges for
the Blues Concerts.
“Year after year, the SC Festival of Discovery continues to snowball into one of our country’s premier
food and music festivals. We are proud and excited in 2022 to host renowned BBQ competitors and
blues artists for local and visiting enthusiasts of both. We look forward to seeing you July 7-9!”, said
Mayor Brandon Smith, City of Greenwood.
Over 90 teams are expected to compete in this years’ KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) sanctioned
event that includes a prize purse of $25,000, with the Grand Champion taking home more than $3,000.
Because over 112 judges will be required to judge so many entries, officials expect the hotels and
restaurants to be full of visitors throughout the weekend, producing a large economic impact for the
Greenwood area. Most of the teams will be located on Uptown Greenwood’s Main Street, which will be
closed during the entire Festival.
For the fourth year, kids will have an opportunity to compete in Kids Que, which allows young chefs to
show off their grilling skills for the chance to win a cash prize and the title of Kids Que champion. Kids
Que will take place Friday from 6 – 8 pm, July 8 at the Uptown Market.
“Blues and BBQ are a part of South Carolina culture and tradition,” said Greenwood Blues Cruise Artistic
Director Gary Erwin. “The Blues Cruise is an eclectic mix of blues music styles in an intimate setting of
Uptown Greenwood’s outdoor stage and small pubs and restaurants.” He adds, “It’s no wonder we’ve
been on everyone’s summer fun radar for twenty-one fabulous years!”
The fun starts Thursday evening, July 7th, with a kickoff concert at 6:30pm on the Main Stage. Outdoor
concerts will continue through Saturday at 10pm on the Main Stage tent and throughout various “Blues Cruise” venues in the Uptown Greenwood area.