Taste of the Upstate

Taste of the Upstate celebrates the idea that food traditions connect us to each other. Major life events and celebrations are marked by the sharing of food because food is our common ground and a human right. This beloved community event includes a cooking competition among the Upstate’s most talented Chefs, a chance to sample food from the best restaurants in Greenville, a chance to vote on your favorite dish, and live musical entertainment, all held in a gorgeous indoor/outdoor venue making it the perfect spring event for you, your friends and family.

Served up with live music, a silent auction, and a heaping portion of caring from our community, Taste of the Upstate serves to uplift those in our community who are most in need–with the most talented Chefs in the Upstate as the centerpiece. Check back in the fall to find our more about Taste of the Upstate 2025.

  • 250+ attendees
  • Amazing food samples
  • Themed culinary competition among some of the Upstate’s most talented chefs
  • Live musical performance
  • Silent auction
  • Check out our recent media coverage from our friends at WPSA News 7 and Fox Carolina for more information.

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2024 Participating Restaurants

2024 Award Winners

John DeJong Culinary Excellence | Crispy Cod with Seaweed Chips by Chef Eddie Wiles • Levy Restaurants


People’s Choice | Vegan Mac & Cheese and Meatloaf Combo by Chef Eugena Talley • The Herbal Farmercy


Best Savory Dish | Belgium Burger by Chef Michael Sibert • Anonymous Burgers and Hendrix Chicken & Waffles


Best Sweet Dish | Birthday Cake Taco by Chef Taylor Montgomery • Urban Wren


Best Magical Makeover | Black Bean & Red Pepper Soups with Roasted Sweet Potato & Pear Sandwich by Chef Deborah Bouts • Sun Belly Café

2024 Photos Taste of the Upstate