Taste of Folly kicks off with changes, safeguards against COVID-19

VIDEO: Taste of Folly kicks off with changes, safeguards against COVID-19

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - The Folly Association of Businesses kicks off its annual Taste of Folly event on Friday.

It’s usually a weekend festival with street closures and events, but this year, the event is lasting a lot longer.

Event Coordinator Kelly Travers says in order to avoid drawing a large crowd all at once as in previous years, the Folly Association of Businesses is encouraging folks to purchase a Taste of Folly Virtual Passport online.

Across the next 17 days, you can then visit 16 different participating restaurants on Folly Beach and scan virtual QR codes at each restaurant you attend.

Click here to buy your tickets.

At the end of the event, Travers says participants will be entered to win prizes like Folly Beach hotel stays and other rentals.

There will also be a 17-day cocktail competition at different restaurants and bars.

“We’re really excited that we can still do it and bring people out to try all of our amazing restaurants food and these really unique cocktails they’ve come up with,” Travers said.

About 20 vendors will hold an outdoor Market Hop on Jan. 30. The vendors will space themselves apart across private property lots.

Travers says Folly Beach typically does its festivals in the off-season to drive business to the island. She says it was important to them to modify the event and still have it this year because so many businesses and restaurants have been hard by the pandemic this year.

“It was even closer to our hearts this year with all of the businesses that are struggling because attendance has been so down,” Travers said. “So, we’re hoping that we can drive business to the island, but allow people to do it in their own pace and in a safe way.”

Taste of Folly tickets are already effective now.

Social distancing and mask guidelines will be in place at all times. Travers says during some outdoor activities, like the oyster shucking and hotdog eating contest, attendance is limited to people who can sit down at tables.

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